Travel Assistance Boot Camp Graduations

The mission of our Travel Assistance program is to support Marine Corps recruits by assisting one of his/her family members who shows significant financial need, to attend boot camp graduation events so the Marine is not alone. Travel Assistance for Boot Camp Graduations

4/22/2021 COVID-19 & GRADUATIONS

We are now accepting applications for Travel Assistance beginning with graduations 5/13 and 5/14. We are not able to provide assistance retroactively. Applying for travel assistance DOES NOT MEAN you are permitted to attend graduation. Your MARINE is responsible for inviting two guests to attend and for taking appropriate action to "approve" attendance at the graduation. You may apply for travel assistance from during training weeks 10-11, for each depot as follows:

  • For MCRD San Diego: You MUST provide a copy of the graduation ticket sent to you by your recruit in order to apply for Travel Assistance.
  • For Parris Island: There are NO TICKETS at Parris Island; apply during training weeks 10 and 11. Application DOES NOT mean you are on the roster at the front gate; that is up to YOUR MARINE!

The Marine Corps has re-opened graduation ceremonies at both Parris Island and San Diego with limited number of guests by invitation only. In line with CDC guidelines, and to minimize the risk to depot personnel and visitors, access to the installation for graduation will be restricted to (2) guests per graduating Marine (guests will be selected by the Marine, not relatives/friends etc).

San Diego

Beginning with April 22, 2021 Graduation:

  • TWO Guests per graduating Marine, with invitation only.
  • 4/22 - 6/17 Graduations will be on THURSDAY
  • Beginning 6/25 Graduations return to FRIDAY
  • Family Day events remain closed at this time.

Parris Island

Beginning with May 7, 2021 Graduation:

  • TWO Guests per graduating Marine, your MARINE must put your name on the roster at the front gate. Applying for travel assistance does NOT mean your name is on the roster.
  • 5/7 - Graduations will be on Friday.
  • Family Day events remain closed at this time.

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How Our Travel Program Works

Attending the graduation ceremony for your newly-minted Marine is an experience every soon-to-be Marine parent would like to experience. However, some families cannot afford to attend their recruit's graduation. For each boot camp graduation cycle, we raise money to fund our Travel Assistance program. Funds are used to reimburse a recruit's family members who meet our financial need requirements. Administrative costs for the program are funded through Recipients are not required to repay the travel costs.

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YOU can help another family member attend their recruit's graduation. Make your donation to the Travel Assistance program by selecting a Location, Company and Graduation Date below:

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We encourage you to share our page on the Travel Assistance program in Social Media. The following page includes all the graduation dates and active fundraising for current boot camp graduation dates.

Stories & Photos

We will be sharing the photos and stories of families we have helped as the family members report back to us. Click here to view.

Who Can Apply for Assistance

The Travel Assistance Program provides for limited reimbursement of airline tickets (and possibly other expenses) for a recruit's family member to graduation day . Applicants must be the parent, legal guardian or spouse of the recruit. In a joint application for a married couple, at least one person must be the parent or legal guardian.

We are not able to provide Travel Assistance for siblings or relatives who are not a parent, legal guardian, or spouse of a recruit.

Effective April 30, 2021 applications for travel assistance are accepted for a family member who has been invited by their Marine to attend graduation. If you are not one of YOUR MARINE's two guests invited to attend, you will not be given travel assistance regardless of the need or familial relationship.

Reimbursement For Travel Expenses

When donations allow, travel assistance may be available in the form of partial travel reimbursements for qualified recipients. The award from Travel Assistance will NOT cover all costs of travel and overnight accomodations. Award recipients will incur additional costs to attend graduation, including meals and should be prepared to cover those expenses themselves.

What to Know Before You Apply

Before completing the online application, read our APPLICATION GUIDELINES which includes tips and timeline to assure your application is received according to our established procedures. Applicants who fail to follow the timeline and instructions will not be considered for Travel Assistance from

UPDATE 4/30/2021: In order to apply for travel assistance at MCRD San Diego, you must first send a copy of the ticket your recruit sent to you inviting you to attend the graduation. For both Parris Island and San Diego, you must make application no earlier than the start of week 10 and no later then the end of week 11.


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