Family Day & Graduation Update:

April 27, 2020 8:36pm

MCRD San Diego continues to employ force health protection actions and safeguarding essential personnel to ensure we can accomplish our missions. This includes closing access to the installation for non-essential personnel and families to safeguard the health of recruits and training personnel. Public recruit graduation week events have been modified until the risk of COVID-19 has decreased nationally. Confirmed and high-risk potential patients of COVID-19 are currently in quarantine, and we are closely following all guidance from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Nonessential personnel have been granted the authority to telework to ensure our mission of “Making Marines” can continue. As recruits arrive to the depot in the future, they will enter a staging period of 14 days during which they will be medically screened, monitored and provided classes to prepare and orient them to begin recruit training. All of this will occur before they step onto our iconic yellow footprints and make that memorable move toward earning the title Marine. Current planning and execution remain fluid as the situation continues to evolve.

The health and well-being of recruits, recruiting and training personnel, and their families remain our primary concern. We are keeping our personnel well informed regarding protective actions to minimize transmission, and the state-of-the art Navy medical testing capabilities are being used. Your recruits remain our top priority, and they are in good hands.

The Department of Defense has extended the travel ban until 30 June. This restriction will be reviewed every 15 days by DoD personnel.
Graduations will remain closed to the public until further notice. If you are holding onto a reservation or making travel arrangements with a future graduation in mind based on the initial travel ban, please understand that until there is a change in policy the public will not be allowed to attend. New Marines will continue to ship directly to the School of Infantry/Marine Combat Training after graduation.

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we navigate the pandemic together. When a change is made to base access allowances, graduations, or leave for new Marines, it will be shared officially on this page and the depot website.

We must all understand the importance of protecting the force and, as a Marine Corps, continue to be the “most ready when the nation is the least ready.”

Please be aware of the following:
– Graduation Events remain closed to the public.
– Graduating Marines will go directly to School of Infantry without leave.
– Graduation photos and video will be posted on this FB page at:

For the most current information on COVID-19 visit the following websites:
Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) – 
What the U.S. Government is Doing –

Follow Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego and monitor for official information.

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.

Mobility Equipment Rentals

Mobility equipment is available to rent during your visit at MCRD San Diego. Equipment quantities are limited, and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Available starting at 0700 Graduation Week Thursdays and Fridays.
Located at Guest Services
Bldg. 16, MCX Mall

PRICES (all prices are per single day rental):
Stroller                                         $8.00
Double Stroller                           $12.00
Wheelchair                                  $15.00
Electric Convenience Vehicle    $30.00

Exclusions and conditions apply; see terms & conditions for details.

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).

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 Federal law.  A medical marijuana card does not authorize possession of marijuana aboard MCRD San Diego. Contraband will be seized and offenders may be cited and denied entry.

Personal effects will be given back to new Marines on Graduation Day. If your Marine still has cellular service, try calling that number. Many new Marines will go to the “Liberty Lunch” buffet, held at the Bay View Restaurant, or will go to the mall area next to the MCX Main Store. If you’re not shy, try asking other new Marines if they have seen him. All Marines graduating that day will have served in the same company.

Lodging on the depot for visitors, also known as Billeting, please call (619) 524-4401.

For more information:

USMC MCRD Police, also known as Provost Marshal, please call (619) 524-4202.

Graduation ceremonies typically end by 12:00 sharp. Exiting the Depot can take 30 minutes to an hour, depending upon attendance. Flights should be scheduled no earlier than 3:00pm to allow time to transit between the Depot and San Diego International Airport.

(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.

  • Old Town
  • Hotel Circle
  • Downtown San Diego
  • Gaslamp District
  • Point Loma
  • Midway

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

For Family Day, wear comfortable casual clothing and walking shoes. Order t-shirts at For Graduation Day, Service members are encouraged to wear their dress uniforms. Dress is business casual for all graduation ceremonies. Wear sunscreen.

On Family Day, the MCRD shuttle operates every hour between:

  • Depot Theater
  • Command Museum
  • MCX Mall
  • Bay View Restaurant

Shuttle times: 6:00am – 3:30pm
The last shuttle from the Bay View Restaurant leaves at 3:00pm

MCRD does not provide shuttle service to or from hotels.