Don't ever, ever, walk on the Parade Deck. The Parade Deck is sacred ground. Stay on the sidewalks, keep off the grass and out of the streets. Remember, this is a working military installation.
Marine Corps Recuit Depot, 3800 Chosin Avenue, San Diego, CA 92140
All visitor vehicles MUST enter through Gate #5 (Washington Street, exit off of highway 5 north or south).
Have your drivers license, registration and insurance ready. Every driver must have these. Everyone entering the Depot must have a valid picture I.D. (School, state, etc. ). Keep your I.D. with you at all times. If you think someone is too young to need an I.D. please call the MCRD Provost Marshal's (MCRD Police) office to confirm. Their number is 619.524.5246
Personal affects will be given back to new Marines on Family Day. If he had a cell phone going into Boot Camp he will be given it back at this time. Call him first.
Second, If that doesn't work, check the Bay View Restaurant. Almost every Marine goes here for the "Liberty Lunch" buffett. One thing about Marines, they sure know where to find free chow.
Third, try locating him on the "Mall" of the Depot. The mall's located just opposite of the parade deck (where the graduation was). It's on the other side of the flag pole. The mall's pretty central and the Depot is pretty small so you can't miss it.
Lastly, the only thing you can do is look out for him. You're bound to run into him sometime. It's a band of brother's now and you're all family. If you're not shy, just start asking new Marines if they've seen him. All Marines graduating that day will have been in the same company.
MCCS (MARINE CORPS COMMUNITY SERVICES)
LODGING ON THE DEPOT FOR VISITORS A.K.A BILLETING
DAVID JAMES PRODUCTIONS
USMC MCRD POLICE A.K.A Provost Marshal
The last day of graduation "Graduation Day" typically ends by 11:00 AM. If you schedule a flight for 2:00 PM or later you'll have plenty of time to make it. The airport is right next the MCRD, literally. You can throw a Frisbee onto the airport runway from where graduation is.
There'll be about 500-600 familes leaving the Depot on the last day of graduation. Factor this into your travel plans. Getting off the Depot takes anywhere from 10-20 minutes.
SATO Travel arranges many of the new Marines flights home. When you book an airline reservation through SATO Travel, they can usually coordinate your air travel with your new Marines, based on the information you give them.
* Old Town (withing walking distance of the Depot)
* Hotel Circle
* Pacific Beach (this is where the beaches are)
* Point Loma
* Downtown San Diego (Gaslamp District)
No big rigs allowed. You have to find your own place to park them. Get on the CB. You might wanna check out Pacific Coast Highway for possible parking. The Depot is on Pacific Coast Highway.
Pets are discouraged. Service animals are allowed.
Military are encouraged to wear their uniforms. Civilians should dress in comfortable clothes and wear comfortable shoes. Wear sunscreen.
Every twenty (20) minutes the red Bay View Restaurant shuttle bus travels between:
• Recreation Center (Locker Room Bar and Grill)
• Museum Flag Pole (On the Parade Deck)
• Mall (right near the Marine Corps Store)
• Bay View Restaurant
• Printer friendly Graduation Flyer/Visitors Map (352 KB PDF)
• Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego Command website
• www.marines.com The Training That Makes Marines (Training Matrix)
• Life as a Marine: A Resource for Parents and Mentors
• MCRD San Diego Graduation Events & Weekend Travel Guide (4.5 MB PDF)
• MCRD San Diego Graduation Dates
• Lodging at MCRD San Diego (Billeting)
• Contact Information & Recruit Graduation Numbers
• Top things you need to know about graduation
• Find MCRD San Diego Gate #5 on Google Maps
• MCRD San Diego Command Museum
• Tickets to Attractions: Military and recruit family discounts at Information, Tickets & Tours
• Shopping Rules and Guidelines
• Pass in Review Graduation DVD and Yearbooks
• Current sales at the Marine Corps Exchange, MCRD San Diego