San Diego Marine Corps Recruit Depot General Information
San Diego Marine Corps Recruit Depot is located on the west coast of California. Click here for more information on air, bus, and train transportation for Marine Corps Recruit Depot.
Due to security measures that are implemented at San Diego Marine Corps Recruit Depot you may experience delays getting onto the base. Be sure to allow for extra time to make sure you arrive at the graduation event on time.
Family members and/or friends attending graduations that are arriving here by motorcycle must have in their possession a Motorcycle Safety Foundation Card. Without this card motorcyclists will NOT be allowed to ride on base.
During your recruit’s ninth week at San Diego Marine Corps Recruit Deport (MCRD), your recruit will send home an informational letter that contains very important information regarding graduation, including your recruit’s graduation date and the vehicle pass for the base.
Documentation required to obtain a vehicle pass if not obtain in advance for entrance into
San Diego Marine Corps Recruit Depot:
- Drivers license
- Proof of Insurance
- Vehicle Registration
- Motorcycle Safety Foundation Card (if arriving by motorcycle)
What to wear to a graduation ceremony? Your Marine will be dressed in a seasonal service uniform and military guests are asked to either wear their service equivalent or dress uniform. Conservative attire is recommended for the civilian guests.
Immediately following the conclusion of the graduation ceremony, new Marines are free to leave San Diego and begin their 10 days of leave.
There are no animals allowed at the Graduation. The only exception is for service animals. Cell phones are not allowed in use while driving unless you have a hands free connection. The fine for using cell phones without hands free is $50.00 and $25.00 processing fee. Seat belts are required and strictly enforced.