Marines are dedicated to serving our Nation wherever we are needed or there is a battle to win. Learn more about the presence of the Marines around the world, from protecting the White House and Marine Expeditionary Units (MEUs) to U.S. Embassies and special assignments.
When it comes to recruiting Marines, our presence is required all over the country. To manage the logistics of this large task, the United States is divided into two regions, divided by the Mississippi River. These two regions each contain three districts where each district covers recruiting for several states. Each station has a designation: Recruiting Stations (RS) for large areas and cities, Recruiting Substations (RSS) that cover smaller cities and rural areas, and even smaller satellite offices known as Permanent Contact Stations (PCS).
There are two Marine Corps Recruit Depots (MCRDs) in the United States: MCRD San Diego and MCRD Parris Island.
MCRD San Diego is the west coast recruit training facility where male recruits from west of the Mississippi River complete their recruit training. Over 21,000 recruits train here annually.
MCRD Parris Island is located in South Carolina and is the east coast recruit training facility where all female recruit and male recruits from east of the Mississippi River complete their recruit training.
While serving abroad gives Marines the opportunity to serve as an ambassador of the Marine Corps and represent our Nation abroad, many Marines serve on bases nestled near communities stateside. Below are the bases located in the United States (and Japan).
Marine Barracks – Washington, D.C.
Marine Corps Headquarters, Henderson Hall – Arlington, VA
Marine Corps Base – Quantico, VA
Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point – Havelock, NC
Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune – Jacksonville, NC
Marine Corps Air Station New River – Jacksonville, NC
Marine Corps Air Stations – Beaufort, SC
Marine Corps Logistics Base – Albany, GA
Marine Corps Reserve Support Center – Kansas City, MO
Marine Corps Air Station – Yuma, AZ
Marine Corps Logistics Base – Barstow, CA
Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center – Twentynine Palms, CA
Marine Corps Air Station – Miramar, CA
Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton – Oceanside, CA
Marine Corps Recruit Depot – San Diego, CA
Marine Corps Base Hawaii – Honolulu, HI
Marine Corps Base Camp Butler – Okinawa, Japan
Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni – Iwakuni, Japan
At any given moment in time, there are thousands of Marines and Marine officers serving in posts around the world. Fighting our Nation’s battles, protecting communities and U.S. Embassies, and helping to resolve conflicts before they escalate is an essential function of deployed Marines. Currently, there are Marines deployed in the following regions of the world:
Saint Petersburg, Russia
Pretoria, South Africa
Cape Town, South Africa
San Jose, Costa Rica
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Marine Expeditionary Units are the smallest Marine Air Grand Task Forces (MAGTFs) in the U.S. Fleet Marine Force. Each unit is designed to be a quick reaction force, already deployed and ready to respond to any type of crises that may arise in the area.
MCB Camp Pendleton, CA – 11th, 13th, and 15th Marine Expeditionary Units
MCB Camp Lejeune, NC – 22nd, 24th, and 26th Marine Expeditionary Units
MCB Camp Smedley D. Butler, Okinawa, Japan – 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit