COVID 19 - Receiving at MCRD

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BEFORE the Yellow Footprints: Medical screening begins upon arrival at MCRD to prevent the spread of COVID-19 between recruits. Note the procedures between the two Depots, Parris Island and San Diego, may differ and are subject to ongoing changes as the pandemic evolves. Read more below.

Recruit Receiving at MCRD During COVID-19
Receiving at MCRD San Diego, June 1, 2020 During COVID-19 Pandemic.
—(U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Brooke C. Woods)

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic and changes in procedure, all recruits will be screened and tested for COVID-19 prior to beginning recruit training. Current planning and execution remain fluid as the situation continues to evolve. Quote from the Marine Corps: The health and well-being of our recruits, recruiting and training personnel, and their families remain our primary concerns.

AT MCRD SAN DIEGO: As recruits arrive to the depot, they will enter a staging period of 14 days during which they will be medically screened, monitored, and provided classes to prepare and orient them to begin recruit training. All of this will occur before they step onto our iconic yellow footprints and make that memorable move toward earning the title Marine.

AT MCRD PARRIS ISLAND: Recruits will ship first to a hotel in Atlanta, GA for a two-week period, then be transported from to Parris Island.

At both locations, they will be given an opportunity to "call home" to let you know they've arrived.

For additional information on the impact of Covid-19 on recruit training, please visit

Recruit Staging for Eastern Recruiting Region

As an additional measure against COVID-19, the Marine Corps implemented a 14-day staging period for every poolee arriving at Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island. Poolees who arrive at Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island will enter a staging period of 14 days at a hotel in Atlanta, GA. During this period, they will be medically screened, monitored, and provided classes to prepare them before beginning the 13 weeks of recruit training.

While in staging, each poolee will be screened and observed by medical care providers twice daily for the duration of the two-week period. Additionally, poolees will conduct light physical training and receive classes to increase their general military knowledge.

Following the two-week staging period, poolees will be transported to MCRD Parris Island to officially begin recruit training and their journey to earn the title of United States Marine.

Upon Arrival in Atlanta

Upon arriving in Atlanta, GA, poolees will:

  • Undergo an initial medical screening.
  • Call home.
  • Received clothing, equipment, and necessary supplies for use during the tw- week period.
  • Be assigned to four-person living quarters.
  • Receive guidebooks to study military knowledge.

Physical Training

Poolees will exercise near-daily to ensure they maintain their fitness while in staging. Poolees will receive information and instruction on calisthenics and bodyweight exercises.

Medical Screening

Each poolee will be observed by medical personnel, with daily screening. Poolees will have access to Navy medical testing if they begin to show symptoms of COVID-19.

Click here view the new procedure; it's an image from the Marine Corps about how it works for a newly-shipped recruit now. Or see image below from the USMC website June 8, 2020.

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