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If I have a family emergency, and cannot reach my Marine, who should I contact at MCCES to reach them?
Contact the MCCES  Duty Officer at (760) 830-6157. Have your son/daughter's name and what class he/she is attending information ready.                       
S1 Contacts: 760-830-5992/6468/8786/6521
Where could I stay if I come to visit?
You will need to make reservations either on board the base at the Sleepy Tortoise Lodge (760) 830-6583 or you can stay off base at one of the local hotels (10 mins to the base).
Will my Marine be deployed while they are at MCCES?
Depends on a few factors: 1) If your Marine is a student arriving to MCCES to achieve his/her MOS he/she will not deploy because they are under "student status." 2) If your Marine is part of the permanent personnel to support MCCES he/she will most likely not deploy, but can still receive special orders based on the needs of the Corps. Normally the support staff are non-deployable because MCCES is a formal school and not a deployable unit.
How long is each school?
Each school in MCCES can last as long as a month, several months and up to a year. This depends on your Marines job (MOS).  He/she may be placed in a schedule where he/she will graduate from their basic course and will continue to additional courses which can make the length of training at MCCES extend to as long as a year.
 Where is base telephone directory located on this site?
 A link to the base telephone directory has been provided and is located under "Miscellaneous Links" on the main page of this site.
I am preparing to attend my Marines graduation, do you have a map of the MCCES campus and building number so I can attend?
Yes,both the MCCES Campus Map  and a base map image are provided as a seperate links below. If you get lost we have a list of numbers for you to call as well.
What exactly is it that my son/daughter will be doing while attending school at MCCES?
Your Marine will be entering a phase in their career  where they are required to learn technical skill at MCCES in order to achieve their MOS. They are required to study and pass a number of graded tests to graduate. It is similar to entering a technical college and upon graduating  will be reassigned to a Marine Unit.
If I want to attend my son/daughter’s graduation, how can I gain access to the base?
A temporary visitor pass may be issued to the person driving the motor vehicle.  Proof of Insurance, Registration and Valid Driver's License are required.  Passes are issued at the Provost's Marshall's Office(PMO) adjacent to the base main gate on Adobe Road.  This pass shall be displayed in the lower left corner of the windshield at all times while aboard the base.
While on base, are there any special rules I need to observe while visiting?
Visitors if driving must obey all clearly posted speed limits, do no enter restricted areas which are also properly identified. If you have questions regarding a particular rule or regulation simply ask any Marine and they will be glad to assist in providing and appropriate answer to address your concern.
Who is allowed to attend graduations? Is there anybody who would be excluded from attending?
Any person who is authorized access to the base from PMO may attend.
What if I have an emergency where I absolutely have to contact my Marine? Is contacting the Red Cross absolutely necessary?
The American Red Cross 24-hour emergency contact number is 1-877-272-7337
Would they be able to take other classes through an outside college/university while at MCCES?
Because your Marine is under the "student status" he/she will be too busy studying for their MOS and we do not want to distract your Marine from studying for exams in order to achieve their official MOS. Taking additional college courses is to risky, but as soon as your Marine graduates and is attached to a permanent duty station, he/she will have more then enough time to take a college classes.
What type of activities are there afterhours? Marine Corps based? Public based?
Once your Marine is secured for the day (meaning class has been dismissed for the day) and he/she has completed their study time, the Marines aboard the combat center can be involved with many special events scheduled through the base (a list of events can be found under MCCS under the helpful link page). Depending on the season there are local events off base as well.
Can we communicate with our Marine by phone, text, facebook or other social media while they are at school?
Yes, of course we encourage our Marines' to keep in contact with their families. Of course, while your Marine is in class common sense will prevail so texting or use of phone during class is discouraged. Anytime outside of class time your Marine has every opportunity to communicate with you via social media or cell phone.
How long after schooling will they be assigned to a PCS or deployment?
Prior to your Marine's graduation he/she will know where they will be stationed (PCS). Depending on the needs of the Corps it can be somewhere on the coastal regions (West coast or East coast) to overseas. Depending on the unit your Marine is attached to will determine if he/she will deploy.
Will our Marine have any free time?
Your Marine is falls under a "Student Status" and the only restrictions place upon your Marine is for him/her to attend their required classes during the day and to schedule personal time to study for exams in order to graduate on time. If you click on the Helpful links you will see there are many events taking place on board the combat center and of course the time your Marine has in his/her barracks.
Is there a listing of frequently used military acronyms?
I just arrived at the airport, how do I get to MCCES?
Upon arrival call MCCES Admin (760) 830-5992 or OOD (760) 830-6157 so we can pick you up from the airport to MCCES (approx 1 +/- hr drive).
Do I need to wear my service uniform Alphas when I travel from the airport to MCCES?
As a MCCES Student you are authorized to change over to proper civilian attire.  Only MCCES Students are authorized to travel and report in civilian attire! Maintain your service uniform “inspection ready!“

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