MCRD San Diego

The Marine Corps Recruit Depot (MCRD) at San Diego is located adjacent to the San Diego airport and just ten minutes from downtown. When you arrive at the airport future recruits will be gathering at the United Services Organizations (USO) office. Boot camp begins the moment drill instructors walk through the door. They will line you up in alphabetical order, put you on a bus, and take you to recruit training where you will spend the next three months.

The recruit depot is only a five minute drive, but the bus will take a circuitous route to add to your confusion. You will not be allowed to look out the windows, and your drill instructors will introduce you to the Uniform Code of Military Justice, the laws which govern discipline and order of the armed services. They will recite the following 3 articles:

Article 86: “Any member of the armed forces who, without authority—

(1) fails to go to his appointed place of duty at the time prescribed;

(2) goes from that place; or

(3) absents himself or remains absent from his unit, organization, or place of duty at which he is required to be at the time prescribed; shall be punished as a court-martial may direct.”

Article 90: “Any person subject to this chapter who—

(1) strikes his superior commissioned officer or draws or lifts up any weapon or offers any violence against him while he is in the execution of his office; or

(2) willfully disobeys a lawful command of his superior commissioned officer; shall be punished, if the offense is committed in time of war, by death or such other punishment as a court-martial may direct, and if the offense is committed at any other time, by such punishment, other than death, as a court-martial may direct.”

Article 91: “Any warrant officer or enlisted member who—

(1) strikes or assaults a warrant officer, non-commissioned officer, or petty officer, while that officer is in the execution of his office;

(2) willfully disobeys the lawful order of a warrant officer, noncommissioned officer, or petty officer; or

(3) treats with contempt or is disrespectful in language or deportment toward a warrant officer, noncommissioned officer, or petty officer while that officer is in the execution of his office; shall be punished as a court-martial may direct.”

Put simply: you belong to the Marine Corps. For more on what to expect from boot camp, LINK HERE