Family Day & Graduation Update:

March 16, 2020 6:15 p.m.

In accordance with the direction from the Commandant of the Marine Corps, the standard 10 day leave period granted to new Marines after graduation has been suspended to limit the new Marines exposure to COVID-19.  This order is to protect Marines, their families, Civilian Marines, and families from further exposure to COVID-19.  Following graduation at MCRD San Diego, all new Marines will immediately report to the School of Infantry at Camp Pendleton where they will begin the next phase of their training.  Upon completion of that training they will continue onto their next unit or additional formal schooling as required.  This suspension of leave will continue for the foreseeable future, and could be extended past May 11, 2020. Marines currently on leave will report to the School of Infantry on schedule.

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:

–  There are ZERO confirmed cases of COVID-19 at MCRD SD.
– 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 –

* Twitter: @CDCgov,

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.