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Recruit Training Regiment provides for reception, processing and training of enlisted personnel upon their accession into the Marine Corps and develops the Drill Instructors and officers responsible for recruit training in order to transform recruits into Basically Trained Marines, prepared to meet the challenges of their follow-on training.
In 1921 the Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego was formally commissioned and in 1923, it became the primary recruiting center for the west coast.  During World War II, the flow of recruits into the base surged, with 18,000 recruits arriving in one month.  In 1948, the base was formally named Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego and was home to the Recruit Training Regiment.






  Colonel Joseph W. Jones
  Commanding Officer,
  Recruit Training Regiment
  Marine Corps Recruit Depot
  San Diego, CA
CO's Bio

  Sergeant Major Paul F. Agan
  Sergeant Major,
  Recruit Training Regiment
  Marine Corps Recruit Depot
  San Diego, CA
  Sgt Maj's Bio

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The  Marine Corps Community Services (MCCS) Marine Corps Recruit Depot webpage has information on the School Liaison Program, Exceptional Family Member Program, classes through Marine Corps Family Team Building, counseling services, employment opportunity and assistance, events on MCRD and more! Visit the site at to learn more and see all that is available to you.

The Crucible begins on T-55 Tuesday through T-56 Wednesday.
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Video by Cpl. Shekinah Lowe
Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego  
The transition from civilian to recruit begins on the yellow footprints at Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego, and it takes 13 weeks to transform a recruit into a United States Marine. This is the first step of the recruit process, and thousands enlist every year to have the chance to earn the title and become one of the few and proud.