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Billeting at San Diego MCRD
What is Billeting?
Billeting is the military terminology used to define transient housing, guest housing, and/or other accomodations while traveling. Generally, Billeting accomodations would be located on a military installation.

MCRD San Diego Billeting
In addition to providing lodging for single Marines, transient lodging services are provided similar to a quality hotel or motel for the following types of guests:

  • Active Duty Military and DoD Civilains on Temporary Duty Orders
  • Active Duty Military and their families on PCS Orders
  • Guests of the Commanding General
  • Active and Retired Military on a Space Available basis
  • Families of Graduating Recruits

To make reservations
Call (619) 524-4401

Information above researched from the MCRD SD Billeting web site, July 27, 2007: mcrdsd-billeting.org

A Couple Notes:
You can make your reservation exactly 30 days from arrival; first come, first serve on rooms. Your reservation can be "bumped" up until the day before arrival. Remember, you are a guest on a military installation when you stay in Billeting as well as a guest of your future Marine. Your actions on the depot are a direct reflection on your son. Please be courteous and respectful.

Yes, as the family member of a graduating recruit, you CAN stay in Billeting Housing at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot (MCRD) San Diego during graduation regardless of whether or not you are former military.

Important: Reservations are NOT guaranteed if the billeting facilities need to be made available for active duty military personnel. The needs of these personnel for any reason will over ride reservations made for graduation. It is strongly advised that you have a back up reservation with a liberal cancellation policy.

It's really easy and convenient to stay on Billeting and it's truly a beautiful area. The prices are very affordable. To be "on the base" really adds to the ambiance of graduation. See photos below.

The down-side to Billeting is, that as the family member of a graduating recruit, you get what is available and your reservation is taken on a space available basis. That may be a room with two twin beds that shares a bathroom with the room next door. I didn't mind "sharing" that space, but it may not work for some folks. There is a private vanity area in each room. They even have a coffee pot, coffee and filters, and ironing board.

I stayed at a hotel off base for my son's graduation in November, 2001. For a graduation I attended in May, 2006, I stayed in Billeting. I liked being right on the depot.

To make reservations:

Address for MCRD San Diego Billeting:

3800 Chosin Ave.
San Diego, CA 92140

MCRD San Diego Billeting Photo 1
Enlisted Billeting: Exterior Courtyard

MCRD San Diego Billeting Photo 2
Enlisted Billeting: Room with twin beds, private vanity (this particular room has a shared shower/toilet area)

MCRD San Diego Billeting Photo 3
Enlisted Billeting: Showing Desk Space and Television

MCRD San Diego Billeting Photo 4
Another photo I liked; Everything on the depot is just gorgeous and incredibly well-maintained. Beautiful!


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