Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego

 

Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego

Private First Class Jonghyun Lee, Fox Company, 2nd Recruit Training Battalion, lead his squad up a hill with ammunition cans to resupply their fighting positions during the Basilone’s Challenge Crucible event at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., Jan. 20. Recruits were expected to run up and down the hill multiple times to create fatigue and imitate combat. Annually, more than 17,000 males recruited from the Western Recruiting Region are trained at MCRD San Diego. Fox Company is scheduled to graduate Jan. 29.
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Private First Class Jonghyun Lee, Fox Company, 2nd Recruit Training Battalion, lead his squad up a hill with ammunition cans to resupply their fighting positions during the Basilone’s Challenge Crucible event at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., Jan. 20. Recruits were expected to run up and down the hill multiple times to create fatigue and imitate combat. Annually, more than 17,000 males recruited from the Western Recruiting Region are trained at MCRD San Diego. Fox Company is scheduled to graduate Jan. 29.
A Marine from Charlie Company, 1st Recruit Training Battalion, hugs his loved one after graduating from recruit training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego, Jan. 22. After graduation, all Marines are given 10 days of leave before taking the next step in training. Annually, more than 17,000 males recruited from the Western Recruiting Region are trained at MCRD San Diego.
Co. C - Graduation
A Marine from Charlie Company, 1st Recruit Training Battalion, hugs his loved one after graduating from recruit training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego, Jan. 22. After graduation, all Marines are given 10 days of leave before taking the next step in training. Annually, more than 17,000 males recruited from the Western Recruiting Region are trained at MCRD San Diego.
Recruits of Delta Company, 1st Recruit Training Battalion, climb an obstacle during Confidence Course I at Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego, Jan. 25. Many of the obstacles test the recruits’ confidence and mental strength in overcoming the challenges before them. Annually, more than 17,000 males recruited from the Western Recruiting Region are trained at MCRD San Diego. Delta Company is scheduled to graduate April 1.
Co. D - Confidence Course I
Recruits of Delta Company, 1st Recruit Training Battalion, climb an obstacle during Confidence Course I at Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego, Jan. 25. Many of the obstacles test the recruits’ confidence and mental strength in overcoming the challenges before them. Annually, more than 17,000 males recruited from the Western Recruiting Region are trained at MCRD San Diego. Delta Company is scheduled to graduate April 1.
Staff Sergeant Joshua M. Cardona, drill instructor, Receiving Company, Support Battalion, greets the new recruits of Alpha Company, 1st Recruit Training Battalion, during receiving at Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego, Jan. 25. Once the recruits step off the bus, they immediately begin the transformation from civilian to Marine. Annually, more than 17,000 males recruited from the Western Recruiting Region are trained at MCRD San Diego. Alpha Company is scheduled to graduate April 22.
Co. A - Receiving
Staff Sergeant Joshua M. Cardona, drill instructor, Receiving Company, Support Battalion, greets the new recruits of Alpha Company, 1st Recruit Training Battalion, during receiving at Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego, Jan. 25. Once the recruits step off the bus, they immediately begin the transformation from civilian to Marine. Annually, more than 17,000 males recruited from the Western Recruiting Region are trained at MCRD San Diego. Alpha Company is scheduled to graduate April 22.
Private James N. Gathondu, Charlie Company, 1st Recruit Training Battalion, carries a fellow recruit during an event of the Crucible at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., Jan. 13. Gathondu graduated recruit training as the Company Ironman, the most physically fit Marine in his company. Following recruit training, he will move on to Marine Combat Training in Camp Pendleton, Calif., and then on to his military occupational specialty school for his job as a motor transportation operator. He plans on making a career out of Marine Corps. Gathondu is a native of Kikuyu, Kenya, and was recruited out of Recruiting Station Fort Worth, Texas.
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Private James N. Gathondu, Charlie Company, 1st Recruit Training Battalion, carries a fellow recruit during an event of the Crucible at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., Jan. 13. Gathondu graduated recruit training as the Company Ironman, the most physically fit Marine in his company. Following recruit training, he will move on to Marine Combat Training in Camp Pendleton, Calif., and then on to his military occupational specialty school for his job as a motor transportation operator. He plans on making a career out of Marine Corps. Gathondu is a native of Kikuyu, Kenya, and was recruited out of Recruiting Station Fort Worth, Texas.
Staff Sgt. Joshua M. Cardona, drill instructor, Receiving Company, Support Battalion, instructs a new recruit to move faster during receiving at Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego, Jan. 25. Recruits are required to follow all instructions from drill instructors throughout the course of training. In the following week of receiving, they will conduct an initial strength test, undergo medical screenings and immunizations and learn the basic rules of recruit training. Annually, more than 17,000 males recruited from the Western Recruiting Region are trained at MCRD San Diego. Alpha Company is scheduled to graduate April 22.
Co. A - Receiving
Staff Sgt. Joshua M. Cardona, drill instructor, Receiving Company, Support Battalion, instructs a new recruit to move faster during receiving at Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego, Jan. 25. Recruits are required to follow all instructions from drill instructors throughout the course of training. In the following week of receiving, they will conduct an initial strength test, undergo medical screenings and immunizations and learn the basic rules of recruit training. Annually, more than 17,000 males recruited from the Western Recruiting Region are trained at MCRD San Diego. Alpha Company is scheduled to graduate April 22.
Marines from Mike Company, 3rd Recruit Training Battalion, march across the parade deck during a graduation ceremony at Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego, Dec. 11. Graduation comes after the completion of 13 weeks of training and learning history, combat skills, and tactics, just to name a few. Today, all males recruited from west of the Mississippi are trained at MCRD San Diego. The depot is responsible for training approximately 16,000 recruits annually.
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Marines from Mike Company, 3rd Recruit Training Battalion, march across the parade deck during a graduation ceremony at Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego, Dec. 11. Graduation comes after the completion of 13 weeks of training and learning history, combat skills, and tactics, just to name a few. Today, all males recruited from west of the Mississippi are trained at MCRD San Diego. The depot is responsible for training approximately 16,000 recruits annually.
Approximately 550 Marines have the massive responsibility to shape more than 16,000 recruits who come to Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego annually into basically trained United States Marines. Drill instructors are entrusted with sustaining a more than 240-year legacy of transforming recruits into the next generation of Marines. Get to know one of the Corps’ finest.
Staff Sgt. Efrain Martinez - DI Spotlight
Approximately 550 Marines have the massive responsibility to shape more than 16,000 recruits who come to Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego annually into basically trained United States Marines. Drill instructors are entrusted with sustaining a more than 240-year legacy of transforming recruits into the next generation of Marines. Get to know one of the Corps’ finest.
Sergeant Daniel E. Elizarraraz (left) and Sgt. Edwin A. GonzalezDawkins, drill instructors, Receiving Company, Support Battalion, wait for the last recruit to finish getting his hair cut during receiving at Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego, Dec. 15. Recruits receive haircuts immediately after arriving to create uniformity. Today, all males recruited from west of the Mississippi are trained at MCRD San Diego. The depot is responsible for training more than 16,000 recruits annually. India Company is scheduled to graduate March 11.
Co. I Receiving
Sergeant Daniel E. Elizarraraz (left) and Sgt. Edwin A. GonzalezDawkins, drill instructors, Receiving Company, Support Battalion, wait for the last recruit to finish getting his hair cut during receiving at Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego, Dec. 15. Recruits receive haircuts immediately after arriving to create uniformity. Today, all males recruited from west of the Mississippi are trained at MCRD San Diego. The depot is responsible for training more than 16,000 recruits annually. India Company is scheduled to graduate March 11.
Recruits of Charlie Company, 1st Recruit Training Battalion, waits for his turn to fight during the Pugil Sticks III event at Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego, Dec. 29. Recruits are paired up against another recruit who is similar in height and weight so there aren’t any advantages during the match. Annually, more than 17,000 males recruited from the Western Recruiting Region are trained at MCRD San Diego. Charlie Company is scheduled to graduate Jan. 22.
Co. C - Pugil Sticks III
Recruits of Charlie Company, 1st Recruit Training Battalion, waits for his turn to fight during the Pugil Sticks III event at Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego, Dec. 29. Recruits are paired up against another recruit who is similar in height and weight so there aren’t any advantages during the match. Annually, more than 17,000 males recruited from the Western Recruiting Region are trained at MCRD San Diego. Charlie Company is scheduled to graduate Jan. 22.
Sergeant Preston T. Brown, India Company, 3rd Recruit Training Battalion, yells at a recruit for not responding loudly enough during pick up at Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego, Dec. 18. Pick up is the first encounter the recruits have with the drill instructors who are charged with the responsibility of transforming the recruits into basically trained Marines. Annually, more than 17,000 males recruited from the Western Recruiting Region are trained at MCRD San Diego. India Company is scheduled to graduate March 11.
Co. I - Pick Up
Sergeant Preston T. Brown, India Company, 3rd Recruit Training Battalion, yells at a recruit for not responding loudly enough during pick up at Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego, Dec. 18. Pick up is the first encounter the recruits have with the drill instructors who are charged with the responsibility of transforming the recruits into basically trained Marines. Annually, more than 17,000 males recruited from the Western Recruiting Region are trained at MCRD San Diego. India Company is scheduled to graduate March 11.
Recruits of India Company, 3rd Recruit Training Battalion, conduct pull-ups during a physical training event at Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego, Dec. 28. During the event, drill instructors motivated each recruit to try their best while conducting each set of exercises. Annually, more than 17,000 males recruited from the Western Recruiting Region are trained at MCRD San Diego.
India Company recruits conduct more physical training
Recruits of India Company, 3rd Recruit Training Battalion, conduct pull-ups during a physical training event at Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego, Dec. 28. During the event, drill instructors motivated each recruit to try their best while conducting each set of exercises. Annually, more than 17,000 males recruited from the Western Recruiting Region are trained at MCRD San Diego.
Commanding General
Brigadier General James W. Bierman, Jr.
Commanding General,
Western Recruiting Region
Marine Corps Recruit Depot
San Diego, CA

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   Sergeant Major James K. Porterfield
Sergeant Major, 
Western Recruiting Region
Marine Corps Recruit Depot
San Diego, CA

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