Hotels near MCRD – Providing Families of Graduating Marines
with Affordable Rates
Are you flying into San Diego to support your family member who is currently training at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot (MCRD) in San Diego? Whether in town visiting, for Family Day or for Graduation, the Marina Inn provides ideal accommodations for hotels near MCRD conveniently located within 3 miles of the depot and within 2 miles of the San Diego Airport. We offer affordable rates, comfortable rooms and a friendly staff that are guaranteed to enhance your stay in San Diego.
Basic Training of the Marine Corps Recruit Depot
The MCRD, situated between the San Diego Bay and Interstate 5 serves as a training point for new US Marine Corps recruits west of the Mississippi river. At the height of World War II, the MCRD trained and graduated as many as 18,000 recruits on a monthly basis. Today, the school continues to train over 21,000 recruits annually, and is one of the most important Marine training facilities in the United States. The Marine Corps’ Recruiter School and Western Recruiting Region’s Drill Instructors School are also located at the MCRD.
Recruit training involves a thirteen week process that educates marines in a variety of subjects. Recruits will receive high intensity weapons training and are required to complete the Marine Corps Martial Arts Program, a combat system combining hand-to-hand and close quarter combat techniques with team building functions. Recruits must also qualify in rifle marksmanship, passing a 54-hour simulated combat exercise with a M16A4 service riffle. Other disciplines of the training process include personal hygiene, physical fitness and close order drill.
The grueling and lengthy course provides marines with the skills necessary for combat, but also serves as a transition from life outside of the civilian world. Cut off from their personal life and families, recruits begin to adapt to and prepare for the strict and disciplined Marine way of life.
The Marina Inn is downtown hotel located within 3 miles of the MCRD. Also in close proximity to a variety of restaurants and downtown entertainment, our hotel’s convenient location makes it the ideal choice for families of graduating marines. We offer competitive rates for hotels near MCRD and spacious and comfortable rooms. To reserve our room for an upcoming MCRD graduation ceremony, call us at 1-800-571-2933 today.