Permanent Duty Stations (PDS)

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Welcome to the Official MarineParents.com page for Permanent Duty Stations (PDS).

Marine Corps Permanent Duty Stations

When formal training (boot camp, School of Infantry, and military occupational schooling) is complete, each Marine is assigned to a Permanent Duty Station (PDS).

Your Marine may be stationed at any number of permanent duty stations around the world, depending on his or her Military Occupational Specialty (the job that your Marine will do while in the Corps).

The Unit Information Pages (UIPs), is a searchable database exclusively from MarineParents.com, Inc. By searching the database for your Marine's PDS, you'll find a page full of helpful information, links, message boards, Family Readines Officer names, and phone numbers. Click here to search.

The Marine Corps has several acronyms to describe the differences in duty stations for Marines.

  • Marine Corps Recruit Depot (MCRD) - the bases where recruits are trained located in San Diego, CA and Parris Island, SC.
  • Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center (MCAGCC) - this applies to 29 Palms, which operates as a Marine Corps Base (MCB) but is designated more so for training purposes.
  • Marine Corps Logistics Base (MCLB) - located in Albany, GA and Barstow, CA. The main purpose of these two bases is to repair ground combat and combat support equipment on each coast.
  • Marine Corps Base (MCB) - these are the main duty stations for Marines where they perform their everyday job duties.
  • Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) - these duty stations consist mainly of Marines with an aviation Military Occupational Specialty (MOS).
  • Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) - smallest type of Marine Air Ground Task Force (MAGTF). MEUs combine air and ground combat elements under one commander.
  • Marine Expeditionary Force (MEF) - the largest type of MAGTF and the building block of the Marine Corps combat power.
  • Marine Expeditionary Brigade (MEB) - this is a MAGTF built around a reinforced infantry regiment, an aircraft group, and a Brigade Service Support Group.

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