U.S. Senators Dianne Feinstein, Alex Padilla and Rep. Scott Peters introduce legislation to protect Marine Corps recruit depot in San Diego, California

Recruits with Alpha Company, 1st Recruit Training Battalion, march during a final drill assessment at Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego Dec. 22.
Drill instructors call a cadence to their platoon to keep recruits in sync with each other while marching.
Each year, more than 17,000 men recruited from the Western Recruiting Region are trained at MCRD San ​​Diego.
Photo by Lance Cpl. Jesula Jeanlouis.

September 16, 2021 – Washington – Senators Dianne Feinstein and Alex Padilla and Rep. Scott Peters (all D-Calif.) Introduced a bill on Wednesday to ban the closure of the Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego.

Following the passage of National Defense authorization law for fiscal year 2020, the Marine Corps has begun reviewing its two recruit training sites in San Diego, Calif., and Parris Island, South Carolina, for possible relocation.

The San Diego Marine Corps Recruit Depot has served as the recruit training center for the western United States since 1923, training nearly 18,000 Marines each year. In May, the base reached a new historic milestone with its first batch of female graduates, demonstrating its ability to fully integrate genders during basic training. The training mission is part of a larger presence in the region; Seven military installations are located in San Diego, including three Marine Corps bases that house nearly one-third of all active-duty Marines.

“The Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego has trained new Marines since 1923. Over the years, more than one million Marines have graduated from the program. The base has been a strategically vital location for Marines since before the Second World War and should continue to serve as such ”, Senator Feinstein said. “San Diego is home to a strong military community with a rich history of service. There is no reason to relocate this important training center.

“The San Diego Marine Corps Recruiting Depot (MCRD) represents the past, present and future of our city’s rich military history and tradition,” said Representative Peters. “This bill will protect this facility and ensure that San Diego continues to provide world-class Marines ready to fight the battles of our country.” MCRD’s location, proximity to other Marine Corps and Navy facilities, and its connection to a vibrant defense industry in the region underscore why San Diego remains an ideal location to support initial Marine Corps training. . I am honored to join Senators Feinstein and Padilla in this effort.

“California has a long and rich military history with the Marine Corps stretching back almost a century,” Senator Alex Padilla said. “Each year, the San Diego Marine Corps Recruit Depot prepares over 18,000 Marines to serve our nation in uniform. It would be a huge disservice, not only to our Marines, but to the safety of our country, to shutting down this training camp which trains and develops all recruits west of the Mississippi. I am proud to adhere to this important legislation to keep open this essential training center in San Diego. “

The full text of the legislation is available here.

The San Diego Military Advisory Council, an organization that advocates for the San Diego military community, has expressed strong support for the legislation: “The SDMAC strongly supports the Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego Protection Act. While SDMAC also supports the ability of our department heads to plan for many possible events, we support efforts to maintain the Marine Corps Recruit Depot (MCRD) in San Diego. “ The full letter of support from the Military Advisory Board is available here.
Source: Senator Dianne Feinstein

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