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Top Things To Know About Graduation. Marine Band San Diego in front of the Review Stand on the parade deck. Performing at a Boot Camp Graduation Ceremony.


WALKING AROUND THE DEPOT

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.

ADDRESS FOR MAP DIRECTIONS

Marine Corps Recuit Depot, 3800 Chosin Avenue, San Diego, CA 92140

FAMILY DAY AND GRADUATION DAY

All visitor vehicles MUST enter through Gate #5 (Washington Street, exit off of highway 5 north or south).

Identification: Every person age sixteen and older is required to have a valid form of photo identification to gain access to the Depot. This ID must be kept on their person at all times. Acceptable forms of identification include: state issued identification cards, driver's licenses, passports, military dependent identification cards, and school/work identification cards.

Driver's License/Registration/Insurance: If you are driving a vehicle, ensure you have a driver's license, vehicle registration card, and proof of insurance in your possession. Each of these items are required to be current and in a valid status. If you are unsure, contact your state's Department of Motor Vehicles/Motor Vehicle Administration and they will assist you in determining the status of your driver's license and registration.

Firearms/Weapons: All firearms and weapons are prohibited aboard MCRD San Diego.

Drugs: All controlled substances are prohibited aboard MCRD San Diego. Any person(s) found possessing a controlled substance or associated paraphernalia (i.e. smoking devices) will be found in violation of state and Federal law. A medical marijuana card does not authorize possession of marijuana aboard MCRD San Diego.

HOW DO I FIND MY NEW MARINE IF I HAVEN'T BEEN ABLE TO CONTACT HIM

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.

WHERE TO GET A ROOM ON MCRD SAN DIEGO

LODGING ON THE DEPOT FOR VISITORS A.K.A BILLETING
619.524.4401

DVD AND VIDEO SALES OF YOUR MARINES GRADUATION CEREMONY

DAVID JAMES PRODUCTIONS
619.725.6279

PHOTOS OF YOUR MARINE IN FRONT OF THE AMERICAN FLAG

619.296.3840

IF YOU ARE A LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICIAL AND NEED TO KNOW ABOUT FIREARMS

USMC MCRD POLICE A.K.A Provost Marshal
619.524.5246

SCHEDULING A FLIGHT OUT OF SAN DIEGO AFTER THE GRADUATION

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 FOR OFF BASE LODGING AND AIRLINE RESERVATIONS

800.755.5670
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)

BRINGING BIG RIGS ON THE DEPOT

No big rigs allowed. You have to find your own place to park them off base.

PETS

Pets are discouraged. Service animals are allowed.

WHAT TO WEAR

Military are encouraged to wear their uniforms. Civilians should dress in comfortable clothes and wear comfortable shoes. Wear sunscreen.

MCRD SHUTTLE SERVICE AROUND THE DEPOT

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

 

 

GRADUATION INFORMATION
619.725.6400
This number is for BASIC information regarding training, visiting MCRD San Diego and graduation events. For more specific information regarding recruits or platoons contact RTR at 619.524.1775.

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GRADUATION EVENTS & WEEKEND TRAVEL GUIDE

New Marine Family Meet & Greet

Family Day

Graduation Day

Lodging (Billeting)

Ten Day Leave

Graduation Souvenirs & Media

Shopping

Depot Shuttle

Contact Information

Top things to know about graduation

Graduation Dates


Family Day & Graduation Day Schedule of Events PDF. Click here to download.

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MCRD San Diego Graduation Guide

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