Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton is the Corps' biggest training facility on the West Coast, according to the …More href="http://www.pendleton.usmc.mil/">base Web site.
The base is 125,000 acres, the northern edge of which runs along the south of San Clemente. President Franklin Roosevelt dedicated the base in 1942. The base trains Marine, Army and Navy units, as well as national, state and local agencies.
The base, according to the web site, is "home to the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force, 1st Marine Division, 1st Marine Logistics Group and many tenant units, including Marine Corps Installation-West, 1st Marine Special Operations Battalion, Wounded Warriors Battalion-West, Marine Corps Air Station at Munn Field, Marine Aircraft Group 39, Marine Corps Tactical Systems Support Activity, Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego's Weapons & Field Training Battalion, Marine Corps and Army Reserve Forces, the Navy's Assault Craft Unit 5, a Naval Hospital and 1st Dental Battalion."
Specialized training schools and artillery ranges make up the base's facilities. Basic training happens at School of Infantry-West at Camp San Onofre before assignment to other units throughout the Corps. More than 38,000 military and family members occupy base housing complexes.