Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island Community
6TH Marine Corps District
The 6th Marine Corps District (6th MCD) encompasses the eight Southeastern states of Tennessee, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, East Central Mississippi, Florida, and Louisiana as well as Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Its primary mission is command and control of recruiting within the Southeastern United States.
In July 1996, the 6th MCD headquarters was relocated to Parris Island from Atlanta, Ga., to save valuable tax dollars and improve the quality of life for its service members. It is located in Building 903.
The 6th MCD was established in 1946. Prior to that year, the administration of voluntary enlistment was done at various Marine Corps recruiting offices, posts and stations throughout the south, coordinated through the Southeastern Recruiting District Headquarters in New Orleans, La. Over the years, the District has borne several titles.
1937-1945………… 6th Reserve District
1946-1952…. 6th Marine Corps Reserve
1953-1963……………. 6th Reserve and Recruitment District
1964-present. 6th Marine Corps District
In 1976, recruiting operations were streamlined when the enlisted recruiting functions were brought under the operational control of the commanding generals of the East and West Coast Recruit Depots. The 6th MCD falls under the operational control of the Commanding General, Marine Corps Recruit Depot/Eastern Recruiting Region, Parris Island, S.C. Also, all reserve functions were transferred to the commanding generals, 4th Marine Division and 4th Marine Aircraft Wing, both headquartered in New Orleans, La. These changes were instrumental in gaining greater regulation of quality recruits bound for recruit training and the centralization of command and control of the combat-ready components of the United States Marine Corps Reserve.
In the late 1970s, the 6th MCD adopted the nickname “Pacesetters” for its achievements in recruiting when compared to the other Marine Corps Districts. The 6th MCD has led the nation several times in total force recruiting.
The 6th MCD is at present divided into eight individual Recruiting Stations. They are located in Atlanta, Ga.; Columbia, S.C.; Fort Lauderdale, Jacksonville and Orlando, Fla.; Montgomery, Ala.; Nashville, Tenn.; and Baton Rouge, La.