Recruiting Station Orange County Birthday Message
There is no better time to express our appreciation for the Marines who came before us than the Marine Corps birthday. On this day we honor and thank those who came before us, and pass down our traditions to the next generation of Marines and future Marines. (U.S. Marine Corps video by Sgt. Sarah Ralph)
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Commanding Officer, 12th Marine Corps District
Colonel James B. Conway

Sergeant Major, 12th Marine Corps District
Sergeant Major Carlos M. Murcia
Marines donate blood in memory of Lyanna Fernandez By Cpl. Tessa Watts | November 4, 2020
Love Drops: Marines give back to those in need By Sgt. Sarah Ralph | October 15, 2020
National Hispanic Heritage Month: Becoming a Marine and an American citizen By Cpl. Tessa Watts | October 14, 2020
Marines pay tribute to 9/11 By Sgt. Christian Cachola | September 12, 2020
California native achieves dream through Marine Corps By Sgt. Emily Kirk | August 14, 2020
Balancing the Marine Corps and family By Sgt. Bernadette Plouffe | July 28, 2020
A second chance at earning the title By Sgt. Bernadette Plouffe | July 22, 2020
Twins Ambition By Sgt. Sarah Ralph | June 26, 2020
Marine follows in her mother’s footsteps By Sgt. Bernadette Plouffe | June 19, 2020
Best friends receive NROTC scholarship together By Sgt. Bernadette Plouffe | June 11, 2020
San Diego native receives NROTC scholarship By Sgt. Bernadette Plouffe | June 10, 2020
Marine Corps helps young woman find her voice By Sgt. Bernadette Plouffe | May 28, 2020
Future Marine loses 186 pounds to earn title United States Marine By Sgt. Bernadette Plouffe | May 22, 2020
A Future Mustang By Sgt. Sarah Ralph | May 21, 2020
Unveiling Commitment through Telecommuting By Sgt. Sarah Ralph | May 12, 2020
Defining Worth through Music and the Marine Corps By Cpl. Tessa Watts | March 31, 2020
Remembering to Breathe By Sgt. Juan Madrigal | February 25, 2020
Answering the Call By Sgt. Jocelyn Ontiveros | January 28, 2020
12 MCD Marine awarded George Van Cleave Military Leadership Award By Sgt. Christian Cachola | December 20, 2019
Principal for a Day By Sgt. Juan Madrigal | November 19, 2019
Battles Won: Marines Make Annual Recruiting Mission By Marine Corps Recruiting Command | October 1, 2019
RS Los Angeles excels to win the War Hammer Award By Sgt. Emily Kirk | June 28, 2019

At this time, Military Entrance Processing Stations are still open. We are accepting and processing applicants, but have restricted our travel around the local area, following the guidance set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Department of Defense. Please contact your recruiter if you or your family have questions regarding the current state of the enlistment process. 

Rest assured, we are exercising an abundance of caution to ensure Marines, applicants, poolees and their families are protected and screened to prevent the spread of illness.

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Gilbert Benavidez Jr.
Marine Corps Recruit Depot/Western Recruiting Region
(619) 524-8816