Marine Corps Integrates Training at MCRD San Diego

First Female Recruits at MCRD San Diego

December 18, 2020

The Marine Corps began integrating training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot (MCRD) Parris Island in January of 2019 with plans of one day fully integrating at both depots. It seems that day will be arriving soon.

MCRD San Diego will adopt a similar platoon structure that Parris Island used from January 2019 to April 2020. In February 2021, a platoon of approximately 60 female recruits will train alongside male recruits in 3rd Battalion Lima Company.

There are three female Marines set to graduate from Drill Instructor school this week, for the first time, and they will be part of the team charged with training the new female platoon.

As of today, the Marine Corps has only integrated recruit training at the company level. Each company usually consists of five all-male platoons and one all-female platoon. Eventually, they will be required to integrate training at the platoon level, meaning there will be male and female recruits in the same platoon. The 2020 National Defense Authorization Act mandates that change, giving Parris Island five years to comply while San Diego has eight years to comply.

Marine Corps leaders considered closing both MCRD San Diego and Parris Island and opening a new location for recruit training to more easily comply with the law. However, government officials in South Carolina quickly balked at that idea.

As more information comes out about this evolution in recruit training, will update this page. We will also share updates from official Marine Corps sources as they become available.

Information on this page taken from Marine Corps Times.

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