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.


Leave is typically ten days and starts the day after graduation. New Marines must pay for their own travel expenses. Most Marines report to Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton.

New Marines report for duty on day (11) eleven at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, CA by 3:00 PM pacific time.

The information provided is a general guidline only. Information subject to change. New Marines should confirm information before traveling.


Under Navy Region Southwest’s Mexico liberty policy and USMC Order P1050.3H, service memebers E-3 and below are restricted from crossing into Mexico without written permission and a liberty partner who is more than 18 years old. All service members, regardless of rank, must show the Border Shore Patrol military I.D.


For more specific information regarding recruits or platoons contact RTR at:
Primary: 619-524-8661
Secondary: 619-524-1777
Hours of Operation: Mon-Fri 0800-1600


Open 6am to midnight every day


San Diego International Airport is host to one of the nation’s largest United Services Organizations (USO) center, providing our military with a “Home Away from Home” welcome respite while traveling. Recently relocated in March 2010, this 5,400-square-foot facility hosts well over 100,000 service members and their families each year. Members of the U.S. military and their families are welcome to enjoy the comforts of one of the nation’s largest airport USO Center. The center includes a large lounge with leather recliners, among other amenities, and is located on the ground level of Terminal 1, next to Alaska Airlines.

The center is named after longtime serviceman to the USO, C. Neil Ash. During World War II, Ash was commissioned an Ensign in the U.S. Navy, and served in the Pacific. He was recalled to active duty for two years during the Korean War, rising to the rank of Lieutenant Commander. Ash has been a dedicated supporter of Sailors and Marines in San Diego for many decades, and conceived and led the successful 15-year campaign to open a cutting-edge USO Center at the Airport.

To get to the USO from the Terminal one parking, simply walk across the pedestrian bridge at Terminal 1, take the escalator down to the first floor and turn left until you reach the USO. If you are arriving from a flight, Terminal 2 Baggage claim, travel East (Left), look for the USO signs. If you arrive from terminal 1 baggage claim, travel west (right) look for the USO signs until you reach the USO. The USO is located almost center of both terminals.

The Neil Ash USO Center features the following amenities:

  • Children’s play room
  • Break room for serving coffee, drinks, and snacks
  • Computer/Internet service, Library, phones/phone cards
  • Conference room
  • A United through Reading Program
  • Game Room Pool Table, XBOX 360, Fuse Ball, Air Hockey, and Wii
  • Large Lounge with Big Screen TV and leather Recliners
  • Luggage storage area
  • Sea Breeze Shuttle Service to military bases
  • Restrooms and showers

For more information, please call 619.296.3192.



Sea Breeze Shuttle services local military bases including Marine Corps Base, Camp Pendleton, for the low cost of $25.00, paid to the driver. The shuttles leave San Diego International Airport for Camp Pendleton at the following times: 1000, 1230, 1600, 1930, 2000 and 0030.