Marine Corps Community Services | MCRD San Diego
L.I.N.K.S. 2017-02-11T08:06:38+00:00

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.

3800 Chosin Avenue
Bldg 5E
San Diego, CA 92140

Danesha Aikens
MCRD San Diego L.I.N.K.S. Trainer
(619) 718-3764

Monday – Friday
0800 – 1630