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MCRD San Diego Graduations

A Great Hotel 2 Miles from MCRD!


Town and Country Resort, located in San Diego’s Mission Valley neighborhood, is just 2 miles to the Marine Corps Recruit Depot and offers a comfortable and fun option for military families. Recently renovated with an authentic mid-century modern design and a friendly Southern California vibe, the resort is an ideal home base for a San Diego stay.

The resort offers a comfortable guestroom, 3 pools, a 4-story waterslide named “Twister,” 5 restaurants and bars, a penthouse fitness center with Peloton bikes, and 19 fire pits. It is pet and family-friendly with a 3-acre attached park and a host of family activities. The resort is within walking distance of Fashion Valley Mall and provides easy access to the Marine Corps Recruit Depot, beaches, and area attractions.

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Preparing for Boot Camp

For your Poolee and for YOU!


Are you a seasoned Marine Parent our just starting the journey? This is great information for you to know as you meet other family members who are new to the Corps. You can help them prepare starting in the Poolee stage.

As a poolee, your son or daughter is preparing for boot camp, and the recruiters are preparing the poolees physically, intellectually, and emotionally. They have probably heard from other new Marines who have come back to the recruiter's office and shared their experience from boot camp. The recruiters are preparing the poolees the best way they can.

What about you...who has prepared you?

MPTA Helps Marine Mother, Trenity, Attend Graduation

Thank you Marine Parents Travel Assistance!


On Friday, February 9, 2024, Marine Parents Travel Assistance sent Trenity, Mother of a recruit, to Parris Island for the recruit's graduation from India Company to become a Marine.

It was a blessing to be able to see my son graduate. Thank you for helping us make this happen. Trenity, New Marine Mom

Congratulations to Kathryn Goodwin, our newest Volunteer!

Kathryn completed 40+ hours of training and mentoring!


CONGRATULATIONS to Kathryn Goodwin who recently completed 40+ hours of training to become one of our newest volunteers for the official Facebook Groups in support of our Marine Corps family members and a place to connect and share®!

MPTA Helps Marine Mother, Megan, Attend Graduation

Thank you Marine Parents Travel Assistance!


On Friday, January 26, 2024, Marine Parents Travel Assistance sent Megan, the Mother of a recruit, to San Diego for the recruit's graduation from Bravo Company to become a Marine.

My husband and I are truly grateful for the travel assistance. Without this, we would not have been able to make this trip and see our son graduate from boot camp. It was amazing to see how he has grown up and is now a Marine! Words can't express how much this program means to my family. Thank you just isn't enough. We are forever grateful and one day we will return this award to another Marine family! Megan, New Marine Mom

Videos to Share at Marine Parents

Here are some Marine Corps videos you can share with friends and family!


This section of our website includes links to videos we'd like to share with you and in our groups and social media platforms. The videos range from the poolee stage all the way through a Marine's career in the Corps.

Operation Deckhouse VI

February 17, 1967, in Marine Corps history.


On February 17, 1967, the first full day of "Operation Deckhouse VI" took place near the city of Quang Ngai, Vietnam. Over the course of the operation, which lasted until March 3, the Special Landing Force (BLT Y4 and HMM-363) killed 280 enemy combatants.

The History of the Battlefield Cross

Learn the history and purchase the lapel pin for Memorial Day


The first appearance of the “battlefield cross” is not a known fact. Some believe it may have been during the Civil War where it may have been used to signify the location of a dead soldier to be collected and buried during which time they would call a temporary truce.

Health Insurance in the Marine Corps

Learn about the health insurance Marines are offered in the Corps.


Health insurance is just one of the many benefits offered in the Marine Corps. The health insurance offered to Marines has many complexities and at times can be confusing, and with that comes a lot of questions from parents. When to take your recruit/Marine off your insurance? When does your recruit/Marines' insurance take effect? What if your recruit/Marine is a reservist? Not only should Marines be aware of the benefits that are available to them, but their families should also be educated on them as well.

The Crucible During Recruit Training

The Crucible is a test every recruit must go through to become a Marine.


The Crucible is a test every recruit must go through to become a Marine. It tests every recruit physically, mentally, and morally and is the defining experience of recruit training. The Crucible takes place over 54 hours and includes food, sleep deprivation, and over 45 miles of marching. The Crucible event pits teams of recruits against a barrage of day and night events requiring every recruit to work together to solve problems, overcome obstacles, and help each other along the way.

The Marine Corps Flag

Learn the history of the Marine Corps Flag.


The Marine Corps flag is scarlet and shows the Marine Corps emblem, which contains a fouled anchor, a globe displaying the western hemisphere, and a spread American Bald Eagle atop the globe. A ribbon held in the eagle's beak carries the Marine motto, "Semper Fidelis," (Latin for "always faithful"). Below the emblem, a larger ribbon holds the title, "United States Marine Corps."

The history of the Marine Corps flag is long and diverse. There is little information available about the flags carried by early Marines, although there is evidence that the "Grand Union" flag was carried ashore by a battalion led by Captain Samuel Nicholas on New Providence Island, Bahamas, in March of 1776. The "Rattlesnake" flag may have also been carried on that expedition.

USS Maine Explodes

February 15, 1898, in Marine Corps history.


On February 15, 1898, 28 Marines and 232 sailors were killed when the U.S. battleship Maine exploded under suspicious circumstances in the harbor of Havana, Cuba. Despite the fact that no definitive evidence of the Spanish being involved in the explosion, "Remember The Maine" became a rallying cry and less than three months later, the United States and Spain were at war.

OPSEC in Boot Camp

Is it REALLY Necessary NOW?


What's critical is that you are aware of what OPSEC is. You can protect your loved ones by protecting the information that you know. This is known in the military as "Operations Security" or OPSEC.

In this series of articles on "Becoming a Marine Parent", we've talked a little bit about privacy and respect, noting that both are important concepts to learn as the parent of a recruit. As your recruit nears graduation, the concept of Operations Security becomes just as important to understand.

What’s next in Marine Corps innovation?

A video from MilTech on Defense News


Marines are known for being adaptable and creative. So what are some of the advancements they’re trying out to improve in the field? This video explains some recent technologies to make tools lighter, faster, and deadlier for the Marine Corps. Narrated by Todd South, Editor-at-Large for Military Times.

Marine Corps Boot Camp Structure

Training Battalions, Companies, and Platoons


There are two facilities for Marine recruit training. Marine Corps Recruit Depots (MCRDs) are located in San Diego, California, and Parris Island, South Carolina. Their acronyms are MCRDSD and MCRDPI, respectively.

Montford Point Marines

Today's featured Marines are the Montford Point Marines!


In 1942, Camp Montford Point was established with the first African Americans to serve as Marines since the American Revolution. The history of Montford Point and the brave men who trained there is a testament to the price African Americans had to pay in order to gain acceptance into one of the nation's most respected institutions.

Marine Corps Motto & Slogans

The long history of the Marine Corps contains many mottos & slogans that are still used today.


The Marine Corps has a long and illustrious history dating back to November 10, 1775. Over the years Marines have picked up nicknames like "Devil Dog" and "Leatherneck" and have adopted phrases "Semper Fidelis," "the Few, the Proud," and "Esprit de Corps." From the Marines' Hymn to the famous Eagle, Globe, and Anchor emblem, there is much to learn about the terminology of the Corps.

MCRD Support Battalion is not RTBN

More Acronyms: STC, MRP, PCP, EHP


MCRD San Diego and Parris Island have a Support Battalion that functions in several capacities for each Depot. Included in the companies for this battalion is the Special Training Company (STC), which is the company recruits are assigned to should they need to be removed from the standard Recruit Training Battalion (RTBN). Taking these actions could happen for a variety of reasons, including but not limited to recruits who need medical rehabilitation (MRP), physical conditioning PCP), and evaluation (EHP).

Corporal Lawrence Diggs

Today's featured Marine is Corporal Lawrence Diggs.


In 1942 Camp Montford Point was opened and young African American men began filtering through for recruit training to join the United States Marine Corps. Approximately 20,000 African American recruits went through Montford Point from 1942 to 1949. At that time, the Marine Corps was segregated and African American recruits were not allowed to train with white recruits. Although African American recruits trained at a different location than other recruits, their training was just as challenging. Montford Point was the birthplace of some of the toughest and most brave Marines in the history of the Marine Corps.

Among these tough Marines was Cpl. Lawrence "Larry" Diggs. Mr. Diggs happens to live near the corporate office in Columbia, MO and our staff has had the honor of meeting and working with him. Born in Mississippi and raised in Chicago, Diggs was drafted into the military in May 1942 and was one of the first African Americans recruited by the Marine Corps.


Do you know the differences between PERSEC and OPSEC?


When it comes to Personal Security (PERSEC), there seems to be some confusion about what it is and how it can affect a Marine and their families on a daily basis. So we're going to attempt to clear it up.

First of all, PERSEC is similar but is NOT OPSEC. OPSEC deals more with the day-to-day operations going on in the Marine Corps. This can be for anything from deployment dates to weapons serial numbers to troop movements.

On the other hand, there is PERSEC. PERSEC deals more with each individual's personal security and how they safeguard their own personal information. We will talk about how it relates to deployments and social media, and how we can better protect ourselves from giving up our personal information.

The Marine Corps does not enforce PERSEC regulations as strictly as they do for OPSEC. However, that does not make PERSEC less important than OPSEC. If safety, in general, is important to you then you should be taking PERSEC seriously.

Letters Sent Home from Recruits

What to Expect, When to Expect, How it All Works


You may be a lucky parent and receive a lot of mail from your recruit. Many are not so lucky, as recruits are very busy during boot camp and will likely be using every spare moment to study and get caught up on work related to becoming a Marine. Recruits are given time to write, but it is up to each individual recruit to choose what he or she needs to do during that free time.

Operation Homecoming Vietnam POWs

February 12, 1973, From our Founder


51 years ago today, a C-141A Starlifter transport jet with a distinctive red cross on its tail lifted off from Hanoi, North Vietnam, and the first flight of 40 U.S. prisoners of war began their journey home through Operation Homecoming. I was 11 years old, and our family lived at Clark Air Force Base in the Philippines. I remember the POWs coming home like it was yesterday. My mother took us to greet every plane that arrive on the tarmac. We wore our POW bracelets and hoped "our" POW would be coming home.

It was a time like no other in the history of the United States, and even as a child, I understood the impact on these service members being released from a prisoner of war camp. Today, I want to remember this time and share those memories with others who may not know that time in our history. It should never be forgotten.

The article written on the 40th anniversary of Operation Homecoming is well done, and I encourage you to take time to read it. The link follows.

John H. Russell Appointed U.S. High Commissioner to Haiti

February 11, 1922, in Marine Corps history.


On February 11, 1922, Brigadier General John H. Russell was appointed U.S. High Commissioner and personal representative of the President to the government of Haiti. For the next nine years, the future Commandant in supreme command of both the occupying American forces and the Haitian Gendarmerie.

Becoming a Marine Parent

A 13-Week Journey for You, Too.


Your loved ones have enlisted in the United States Marine Corps and now YOUR journey begins as well. As they get ready to leave for boot camp they are busy preparing for their career as one of "The Few, The Proud." One of the most important steps for loved ones at home is already completed! You have joined Recruit Parents and are well on your way to becoming informed, educated and supported by others experiencing the same emotions.

Combat Marksmanship

SOI: Marines will undergo combat marksmanship training


The Marine Corps' primary mission is to locate, close with, and destroy the enemy by fire and maneuver, as well as to repel an assault by fire and close combat during amphibious assaults and subsequent operations ashore. Combat-ready Marines must be skilled in tactics and highly proficient in firearms.

PFC James Anderson Jr.

Today's featured Marine is Private First Class James Anderson Jr.


Today's featured Marine is Private First Class James Anderson Jr. PFC Anderson is the first African-American Marine to be awarded the Medal of Honor!

On February 28, 1967, while on patrol outside of the village of Cam Lo, Quang Tri Province, PFC Anderson's platoon came under heavy enemy fire. During the ensuing firefight, an enemy grenade landed near PFC Anderson and several other Marines. PFC Anderson pulled the grenade to his chest, curled around it, and absorbed the majority of the blast with his body, heroically saving the lives of the Marines around him at the cost of his own.

Marine Corps Boot Camp Terminology and Acronyms

Learn some of the earliest terminology your recruit is taught during boot camp.


There are literally thousands of acronyms in the United States Marine Corps (USMC) and all branches of the military and there are hundreds of new terms to learn. This reference is a starting point for recruit families—those that are most important to learn during recruit training. After graduation, there are additional resources with more terminology on the primary website for But these are the most important to learn at this time.

Congratulations to Nicole Korous, our newest Volunteer!

Nicole completed 40+ hours of training and mentoring!


CONGRATULATIONS to Nicole Korous who recently completed 40+ hours of training to become one of our newest volunteers for the official Facebook Groups in support of our Marine Corps family members and a place to connect and share®! Nicole is joining our 3rd Battalion San Diego team.

Captain Frederick C. Branch

Today's featured Marine is Captain Frederick C. Branch!


In the spirit of the value the Marine Corps places on its history, we wanted to give you, Marine families and supporters, an opportunity to embrace and learn about this part of Marine Corps legacy as well. In this piece, we take a further look at the first African-American officer in the United States Marine Corps - Frederick C. Branch.

Gilda Jackson Becomes First African-American Female Marine Colonel

October 1, 1997, in Marine Corps history.


On October 1, 1997, Colonel Gilda A. Jackson, of Columbus, Ohio, became the first African-American female Marine to achieve the rank of Colonel during a ceremony at MCAS Cherry Point, North Carolina. Prior to her promotion, Jackson served as the Special Projects Officer of the 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing.

Hue's Hospital, Jail, Provincial Headquarters Recaptured

February 6, 1968, in Marine Corps history.


On February 6, 1968, two reduced Marine battalions, the 1st Battalion, 1st Marines with two companies, and 2nd Battalion, 5th Marines with three, recaptured Hue's hospital, jail, and provincial headquarters. It would take three more weeks of intense house-to-house fighting, and nearly a thousand Marines killed and wounded before the imperial city was secured.

The United States Military Code of Conduct

Learn about the U.S. Military Code of Conduct at Marine Parents


All service members receive training in the U.S. military's Code of Conduct at various times in their careers.

The Code of Conduct, which was introduced by President Eisenhower in 1955, is based on time-honored concepts and traditions dating back to the American Revolution.

The six articles outline the obligations and responsibilities of U.S. service members in harm's way.

Battle of Roi-Namur

February 2, 1944, in Marine Corps history.


On February 2, 1944, the 4th Marine Division captured Roi-Namur and eight other islands in the Kwajalein Atoll. This was done as part of the first assault on islands controlled by the Japanese before the beginning of World War II.

Knowledge is Power!

Visit Marine Parents to Learn about the Corps


Your recruit or Marine is likely in this profession for at least 4 years. It can be scary when you don't understand what's happening during each career stage of your Marine's journey. Visit the Marine Parents website to learn more about the Corps. We've got over 20 years of experience explaining things in civilian terms. Take a spin through the knowledge today!

Montford Point Marine Memorial

Dedicated to all Montford Point Marines and their legacy (Jacksonville, NC)


February is Black History month. Today we are featuring the Montford Point Marines.

The Montford Point Marine Sculpture that represents the Montford Point Marines; the angle of incline represents the uphill struggle for equality, stands at the Montford Point Marines Memorial in Jacksonville, N.C., Aug. 26.

U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Christian Ayers/Released 200826-M-ZF985-1022.JPG

MPTA Helps Marine Guardian, Becky, Attend Graduation

Thank you Marine Parents Travel Assistance!


On Friday, January 12, 2024, Marine Parents Travel Assistance sent Becky, Guardian of a recruit, to Parris Island for the recruit's graduation from Echo Company to become a Marine.

Thank you MarineParents for the travel assistance which made sure that me and my family were present during our Marine's graduation! It meant the world to us! I might have made my way there; however, without your help, it would have cost our family severely in ways that we just simply cannot afford. Seeing all that my Marine is becoming and all that he has already accomplished-- it was that little spark that our family needed. Especially because I believe that it takes a village to raise children-- & without my village, as well as the extended support from folks like all of you-- our family would not be as blessed, as it most certainly is. Thank you very much for all that you do! Wendy, New Marine Guardian

Operation Prairie II Begins

February 1, 1967, in Marine Corps history.


On February 1, 1967, elements of the 3rd Marine Division began Operation Prairie II in Quang Tri province, South Vietnam. The 46-day search-and-destroy operation, which concluded on March 18, 93 Marines and 693 enemy troops were killed.


Trace Adkins Singing Semper Fi


This is an awesome song and an awesome singer. Worth watching!

The Rifleman's Creed

Every Marine is, first and foremost, a rifleman.


Every Marine is, first and foremost, a rifleman. In boot camp at Parris Island and San Diego, and at The Basic School at Quantico, Virginia, all Marines, enlisted and officer, receive instruction in proper rifle usage and maintenance. Additionally, all Marines must memorize the Rifleman's Creed, which was created in 1942 by Marine Brigadier General William H. Rupertus, the then-Commanding General of Marine Corps Base San Diego, after he (Rupertus) had decided that his men must be made to understand,

...that the only weapon which stands between them and Death is the rifle...they must understand that their rifle is their must become a creed with them.

Join an Official Marine Parents Facebook Group

Make sure you get the most accurate information! Join OUR groups.


If you are on Facebook, make sure you're in at least ONE of our OFFICIAL Marine Parents Facebook groups. With 21 years of experience offering recruit and Marine families a place to connect and share, we're your trusted source in social media!

Wisdom Teeth

If necessary, boot camp is the best time to have wisdom teeth removed.


The Marine Corps has made it a common practice to remove wisdom teeth during boot camp. While every situation is different, the reasons are usually the same. Founder and executive director, Tracy Della Vecchia, has told a story of her son, Derrick, getting his wisdom teeth removed while he was in the Marine Corps. Only, Derrick's wisdom teeth weren't removed during boot camp. His unit was in Japan conducting training when his were removed. Soon after, the unit got the call that they were going to Iraq. Derrick sat on the plane with bloody rags in his mouth and spent his first few days in combat healing. There are many stories out there just like this one. So if your recruit has to get their wisdom teeth removed in boot camp, be thankful; it's much better than on deployment.

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Official Marine Corps Licenses, Nonprofit, Great Products!


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