Do not walk on the Parade Deck. The Parade Deck is sacred ground reserved for Marines. 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 it will be returned at this time. Call him first.
If that doesn't work, check the Bay View Restaurant. Almost every Marine goes here for the "Liberty Lunch" buffett.
Third, try locating him on the MCX, the mall of the Depot. The mall is located just opposite of Starbuck's.
Lastly, the only thing you can do is look out for him. You are bound to run into him sometime.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.
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 typically ends by 1100. Flights scheduled for 1430 or later should allow for the ceremony and travel time.
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.
AREAS WHERE YOU CAN FIND A HOTEL AND MOTEL WITHIN 10 MINUTES OF MCRD
* 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 off base.
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 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