The L.I.N.K.S. program offers an orientation to the Marine Corps lifestyle, helping family members adapt to the unique challenges military life often presents. While the curriculum targets family members new to the Marine Corps community, the information is very beneficial to those at all levels of Marine Corps experience.

The program works through a partnership of volunteer spouses, Marine Corps Family Team Building (MCFTB) staff, Marine Corps Career Retention Specialists and Chaplains. The discussion group leaders are experienced military spouses who facilitate the learning process by using a mentoring style of presentation. The climate is informal, with a nurturing structure and format. Participants receive real life tips, information on Marine Corps culture, and available resources to enable them to help themselves.


  • Marine Corps history, tradition and language
  • Benefits and services
  • Financial awareness
  • Dealing with separation and deployments
  • Tips on moving
  • Effective communication


  • L — is a way of living and in this case it means understanding the military community and the unique lifestyle it offers.
  • I — Marine Corps lifestyle insights come from experienced Marine Corps spouses who relate their experiences of living the Marine Corps lifestyle, who understand first hand what you are going through and who want to help you understand and adapt to the new culture you married into.
  • N — Networking represents the people you get to know during L.I.N.K.S. and all the others you will meet during your journey in Marine Corps living.
  • K — Knowledge is what you will leave with and what will help you understand and navigate the Marine Corps culture.
  • S — Is for the new skills you will learn to help you enjoy and thrive in our Marine Corps community.

3704 Hochmuth Ave. Bldg. 5
San Diego, CA 92140

Phone: 619-718-3763

Hours: 0730-1600 Monday-Friday

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Service Philosophy

Marine & Family Programs’ goal is a foundation of readiness and resiliency. We reinforce that foundation with personalized service, and an innovative approach.

We hold as our guiding principles, that:
• We Do the Right Thing
• Our Mission is You
• There is No Wrong Door

Mission: To provide tools and resources which promote a ready and resilient Marine Corps Recruit Depot

Vision: To enrich lives through a comprehensive array of innovative programs and services