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Marine Corps Recruit Depot

Western Recruiting Region

San Diego, CA
Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego Photos
Photo by Lance Cpl. Jose Gonzalez
Sergeant Major Turner was born in Kansas City, Missouri on August 6, 1979.  SgtMaj Turner enlisted in the Marine Corps in December of 1997, and completed his recruit training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego, California.  Upon graduating recruit training in February 1998 as the Platoon Honor Man and Marine Combat Training in April 1998, PFC Turner was assigned to the Motor Transport Operators Course at Ft. Leonard Wood, Missouri for primary MOS training as a (3531) Motor Transport Operator.
LtCol David Becker was born in Austin, TX and is a graduate of Indiana University.  Commissioned through the Platoon Leaders Class (PLC) program, he graduated The Basic School (TBS) in May 1994. Following graduation of his MOS school, he received orders to Communications Company, 1st Marine Division in Camp Pendleton, CA.
Recruits with India Company, 3rd Recruit Training Battalion, carry a log during a log drill exercise at Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego, April 2. Each exercise helped recruits develop cardiovascular endurance and prepare for future physical endeavors. Annually, more than 17,000 males recruited from the Western Recruiting Region are trained at MCRD San Diego. India Company is scheduled to graduate May 25.
Sergeant Major Zapata enlisted in the Marine Corps on 2 July 1990 in San Antonio, Texas. Upon graduation of Marine Corps Recruit Training, San Diego CA, and Marine Combat Training, and Infantry Training Battalion, Camp Pendleton CA. PFC Zapata reported to 3rd Battalion, 9th Marines.
From December of 1990 to July of 1994,
WEEKLY TOP SHOT WINNER!!!!

You voted and this week’s top shot comes from Delta Company’s SDI inspection!

A drill instructor with Delta Company, 1st Recruit Training Battalion, quizzes a recruit during a senior drill instructor inspection at Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego, March 29. Drill instructors test recruits to see how much knowledge they’ve retained thus far in recruit training. Recruits take part in a series of classes to learn about such things as the history of the Marine Corps and uniform standards. Annually, more than 17,000 males recruited from the Western Recruiting Region are trained at MCRD San Diego. Delta Company is scheduled to graduate June 1.

 Photo by: Lance Cpl. Alexander L. Gist
Sergeant Major Downing is a native of Columbia City, Indiana.  He enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps at the age of eighteen, and attended Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego in 1990.  Following Marine Combat Training he obtained the MOS of 1833, Amphibious Assault Vehicle Crewman.  

On 30 March 2018 Sergeant Major Downing assumed the duties as the Headquarters and Service Battalion Sergeant at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego.
The U.S. Marine Corps Silent Drill Platoon, Marine Barracks Washington, D.C., perform during the Battle Color Ceremony at Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego, March 17. The ceremony was held to celebrate Marine Corps history using music, marching, and precision drill.
(Photo by: Lance Cpl. Christian M. Garcia)
A recruit from Delta Company, 1st Recruit Training Battalion, holds out his boots during pick up at Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego, March 9. This is part of an initial gear inspection recruits must go through to ensure they have all the required gear needed for recruit training. Annually, more than 17,000 males recruited from the Western Recruiting Region are trained at MCRD San Diego. Delta Company is scheduled to graduate June 1.
 (Photo by: Lance Cpl Christian M. Garcia)
You voted, and this week's top shot comes from Fox Company's Series Commander's Inspection!
Marines with a Marine Corps Martial Arts Program Instructor Course, Class 3-18, prepare to enter a confidence chamber at Marine Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., Feb. 26. The event consisted of different obstacles and physical challenges which allowed the Marines to use their MCMAP techniques to complete them. At the end of the course the Marines earned a tab signifying the completion of the next level in the MCMAP curriculum. Drill instructors, who are trained MCMAP instructors, from Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego supervised and taught the course.
 Photo by: Cpl. Erick J. ClarosVillalta
You voted and this week's top shot comes from the Crucible!

A recruit from Alpha Company, 1st Recruit Training Battalion, provides security during the Crucible at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., Feb. 14. The recruits posted security for their fire team to simulate protection during combat situations. Annually, more than 17,000 males recruited from the Western Recruiting Region are trained at MCRD San Diego. Alpha Company is scheduled to graduate March 2. (Photo by: Cpl. Anthony X. Leite)
Recruits from Lima Company, 3rd Recruit Training Battalion, float at Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego, Feb. 20. The recruits were required to tread water for four minutes to enable them to move on to the next portion of the basic water survival test. Annually, more than 17,000 males recruited from the Western Recruiting Region are trained at MCRD San Diego. Lima Company is scheduled to graduate April 20.
Recruits from Mike Company, 3rd Recruit Training Battalion
A recruit of Kilo Company, 3rd Recruit Training Battalion, descends a rappel tower at Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego, Feb. 2. One of the techniques learned was how to apply a “brake hand,” which is used to adjust the speed while descending the tower. The recruits were given gloves to protect their hands as well as to serve as an extra grip on the rope and a helmet and harness were worn for safety. Annually, more than 17,000 males recruited from the Western Recruiting Region are trained at MCRD San Diego. Kilo Company is scheduled to graduate March 16.

(Photo by: Lance Cpl. Christian M. Garcia)
Recruits with Kilo Company, 3rd Recruit Training Battalion, crawl under barbed wire during a bayonet assault course at Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego, Jan. 30. The recruits were instructed to utilize their rifles to help shield them from the barbed wire as they crawled to the next portion of the course. Annually, more than 17,000 males recruited from the Western Recruiting Region are trained at MCRD San Diego. Kilo Company is scheduled to graduate March 16.
(Photo by: Cpl. Erick J. ClarosVillalta)
Recruits with Kilo Company, 3rd Recruit Training Battalion, perform log drills at Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego, Jan. 22. The recruits had to hold the log as a team for the entire session, which lasted for approximately an hour. Annually, more than 17,000 males recruited from the Western Recruiting Region are trained at MCRD San Diego. Kilo Company is scheduled to graduate March 16.
(Photo by: Lance Cpl. Alexander L. Gist)
Drill instructors from Delta Company, 1st Recruit Training Battalion, demonstrate Marine Corps Martial Arts Program techniques at Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego, Jan. 10. The MCMAP classes teach recruits basic combat techniques and instill a warrior ethos as they transform into Marines. Annually, more than 17,000 males recruited from the Western Recruiting Region are trained at MCRD San Diego. Delta Company is scheduled to graduate Feb. 2.
(Photo by: Lance Cpl. Christian M. Garcia)
New recruits with Charlie Company, 1st Recruit Training Battalion, are given a Uniform Code of Military Justice brief at Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego, Jan. 8. At this point, recruits are informed of the articles of the UCMJ that apply to them while they are in recruit training. Annually, more than 17,000 males recruited from the Western Recruiting Region are trained at MCRD San Diego. Charlie Company is scheduled to graduate April 6.

Photo by: Sgt. Angelica I. Annastas
A recruit from Echo Company, 2nd Recruit Training Battalion, executes a
knife technique during a Marine Corps Martial Arts Program test at Marine
Corps Recruit Depot San Diego, Dec. 20. In addition to knife techniques, the
recruits learned chokes and counterstrikes. Annually, more than 17,000 males
recruited from the Western Recruiting Region are trained at MCRD San Diego.
Echo Company is scheduled to graduate Jan. 12.
Photo by: LCpl. Jose Gonzalez