San Diego Recruit Training Base Announces Death of Marine Found Inside Barracks Room

Marine Found Dead at Recruit Depot

North County Times, April 23, 2012

Marine Corps officials said they found a Marine dead inside a barracks at Marine Corps Recruit Depot in San Diego. The base is home the Marine Corps drill instructor school and the Marine Corps' west coast boot camp where about 25,000 new troops are trained annually. Officials would not release any details about the death. The Marines have reported a record number of suspected suicides so far in 2012. (DoD)

SAN DIEGO —- A Marine was found dead Monday in a barracks room at Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego, base officials reported.

The death at the military training station near Lindbergh Field was under investigation by the Naval Criminal Investigative Service, MCRD spokeswoman Janice Hagar said.

The deceased Marine was not a recruit, Hagar said. The Marine’s identity is withheld pending family notification.

Hagar said she could release no further information, including the Marine’s gender, age and rank, or whether the death appeared suspicious.

Roughly 1,500 Marines, not counting recruits, are stationed at MCRD, Hagar said. The depot is where recruits receive training to become Marines.

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One Response

  1. I’ve had two sons successfully go through MCRD recruit training in San Diego. In each class there were recruits who could not handle the the mental or physical stress of training. One tried suicide, others were spotted and removed from the program.

    The drill instructors are well training in spotting recruits who are starting to become unstable, but they are not everywhere and recruits don’t want feel like they failed. I feel sorry for the families, my sympathy goes out to them.

    It is so important for recruits to be well prepared by their recruiters and participate in the DEP program and be exposed to as much PT and exercises as possible.

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