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Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego. Sponsorship Basics Personal & Professional Development  RELOCATION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM. Why Sponsorship?. It is required by MC & Depot Order.  In some cases, the first few days and first impressions will set the tone of a tour.

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Marine corps recruit depot san diego
Marine Corps Recruit DepotSan Diego

Sponsorship Basics

Personal & Professional Development RELOCATION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM

Why sponsorship
Why Sponsorship?

  • It is required by MC & Depot Order. 

  • In some cases, the first few days and first impressions will set the tone of a tour.

  • It functions primarily from the “Golden Rule” perspective, … put yourself in the new Marine’s boots.

  • You do have a good support network to assist you with a wide variety of issues.

Typical Areas of Interest

  • Housing

  • Healthcare

  • Area Familiarization

  • Common Key Relocation Tasks

Typical Areas of Interest

The best online sources of Depot information are:


  • Military Family Housing Center – Naval Station San Diego - Comprehensive source of housing information and assistance; military family housing, civilian sector apartments and homes via Rental Partnership Program, Drill Instructor “Priority” Program, PPV Sites and in-house realtor.




Military Family Housing Welcome Center2625 Lehardy StreetSan Diego, CA 92136 619-556-8443


  • Update DEERS contact data - new address information. May be accomplished in person (Bldg. 230), via Tricare website, or by telephone.

  • Area military/Tricare medical treatment facilities; NavMedCen Balboa, Branch Med Clinic NavSta, BMC AmphibBase, BMC NAS N. Island, BMC NavTraCen, BMC Depot, BMC Miramar, Tricare Out-patient Clinic Clairemont, TOC Chula Vista.

  • Ask for references and recommendations

  • in locating Veterinarians. (MCAS Miramar Vet)

Primary Military Medical Treatment FacilityNaval Medical Center, San Diego34800 Bob Wilson DriveSan Diego, CA 92134-5000OOD: (619) 532-6400 The TRICARE Service Center located in Bldg. 2, is open Monday- Friday from 7:30 am to 5:30 pm, and the phone number is 1-877-988-WEST The Health Benefits Advisors are available Monday-Friday from 7:30 am to 4:00 pm, and their phone number is (619) 532-8328.

Childcare youth programs
Childcare / Youth Programs

  • Regional Child Care Resource & ReferralAddress: 2375 Recreation Way

    Bldg # 3320 - Naval Station San Diego

    Phone:(619) 556-8491Assists parents in obtaining quality child care by

    providing complete information and resources regarding military and

    civilian providers located throughout San Diego.

  • The Navy’s MWR Youth Programs Department operates housing area recreation centers and offers a wide variety of recreation programs for children ages three to seventeen. Some of these programs include open recreation, contract classes, field trips, teen programming, building rentals and special events. For additional information on any of these programs or services, contact your local Housing Area Recreation Center or call (619) 556-6165.

  • The Depot’s Marine Corps Family Team Buildingprogram office is the source of information regarding ongoing on-base child/youth activities such as flag football, cheerleading, basketball, popular dance, summer camps, and more. (619) 524-0916.

School information
School Information

Metro San Diego has a broad spectrum of educational institutions (public, private, parochial) and training opportunities available, including programs to address special needs and interests. The MCRD School Liaison at Marine Corps Family Team Building is your best source for guidance with regards to school resources and contacts. For Information and Assistance: 619-524-8032

Two of the better online school information resources – and - can provide a great deal of basic information (test scores, parent feedback, links) to those on their way to San Diego. Both websites are linked/utilized by the DoD-sponsored MilitaryOneSource website.

Area familiarization
Area Familiarization

  • Armed Services YMCA offers an “Out and About” tour. 619-952-0718


  • Encourage new Marines and family to explore the area from the East County mountains and desert- to the Pacific Ocean seashore and beaches- and everywhere in-between. San Diego is blessed with great weather, a culturally rich population, and wide variety of activities to participate in, and places to go virtually all-year round. If anyone ends up being “bored”in San Diego, … it’s certainly

  • not for a lack of things to do.

Common tasks
Common Tasks

  • Initial contact / “Welcome” Message -Where applicable - check with Relocation Assistance to verify if a WAP has been requested – 619-524-5298. (Lead-Time restrictions apply). “E-WAPs have distinct advantages, and are acceptable.

  • Temporary Lodging -Depot Transient Billeting

  • (619-524-4401), Navy Lodge at MCAS Miramar, Navy Lodge at NavSta and NAS North Island. 1-800-NAVY-INN (1-800-628-9466).

  • Utilities –Advise that most require service-connection deposits in advance; San Diego Gas & Electric, Water, Telephone, Cable, etc.

  • Change of Address - Can be taken care of online at or by submitting the form included in the Change-of-Address kit available at the post office.

Need to know nice to know
Need-to-Know, Nice-to-Know

  • Locate Local California Department of Motor Vehicle (DMV) Service Centers.

  • California Law:

  • Children under the age of 8 must be secured in a car seat or booster seat in the back seat. Children under the age of 8 who are 4' 9" or taller may be secured by a safety belt in the back seat.

Dmv centers san diego general information 800 777 0133 3960 normal st 92103 4375 derrick dr 92117
DMV Centers (San Diego) General Information (800) 777-01333960 Normal St., 92103 4375 Derrick Dr., 92117

* Chula Vista Location - 30 N. Glover Avenue

  • Need-to-Know, Nice-to-Know

  • San Diego County Recorder/Clerk Offices and Annexes – (858) 694-3900, Monday - Friday, 8 a.m.- 5 p.m.

  • RECORDER - accepts and records legal instruments (documents) required by law upon payment of proper fees and taxes. Functions include the maintenance of birth, marriage and death records and indexes for San Diego County.

  • COUNTY CLERK - functions include issuing, marriage licenses and performing civil marriage ceremonies,notaries public, process servers, and professional certified photocopiers.

San Diego County Recorder/Clerk

Offices and Annexes

Kearny Mesa Branch Office Main Office

5473 Kearny Villa Rd. 92123 1600 Pacific Highway, Room 260

3rd Floor (858) 505-6262 San Diego, CA 92101

(619) 237-0502

Words of wisdom from you the sponsor
Words of Wisdom from YOU, … the Sponsor

  • Advise in-bound Marines to prepare for the financial impact of the move to San Diego in order to cushion the effect of higher prices in housing and utilities rates.

  • The best one-stop info source is the Depot’s monthly

  • Commanding General’s Welcome Aboard

  • at Personal & Professional Development – Building 14.

  • Encourage the new Marine and family to take advantage of the many military and civilian-sector activity and support programs; including – PPD, Single Marine Program, Family Readiness/LINKS, Child,Youth & Teen Activities, Armed Services YMCA, and the USO.

Quality time
Quality Time

  • The time that you, a sponsor will need to dedicate to assisting a Marine &family who are new to the Depot - and the San Diego Community - may only be a few hours or a couple of days – at most. Don’t underestimate the value of your guidance and understanding, … your sponsorship effort is appreciated, and it upholds the time-honored Marine motto of -

    “Taking Care of our own.”

Relocation assistance program office
Relocation Assistance Program Office

IMPORTANT:If you have viewed this brief in order to comply

with Depot Order Sponsor Orientation requirements - please call

or email the Relocation Assistance Program office to request

verification and/or to receive an electronic certificate of

completion. Also make sure that your unit/office sponsorship

coordinator records this training for unit tracking and inspection


(619) 524-5298 [email protected]