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Marines of the Future & A Message from the Commandant

February 15, 2019

Ever wonder what it might be like to design a military base of the future? Can you imagine what it would be like to use a 3D printer to build an entire bridge?

Marines today are becoming more innovative than ever and our Marines on MCRD San Diego are no exception. Read on for your chance to win $1,000 with just a little innovative thinking yourself.

Here’s a quick 60 sec recap of what else is going on in the Corps and at the Museum.

The Commandant has made it clear in  the past that he values “disruptive thinkers,” or those that live outside the box and love to challenge the status quo.

Marines have answered that call with the help of a unique tool- a 3D printer. Click here to learn about how Marines in Okinawa are innovating readiness preparations in the Indo-Pacific Theater.

Then, click here to read about how Marines with the 1st Marine Logistics Group used a 3D printer to build a bridge on Camp Pendleton. Impressive…

Are you a disruptive thinker, too?

MCRD San Diego is seeking visionary essay entries that answer the question: “What do we need Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego/Western Recruiting Region to look like 10 years from now?”
You could win $1,000. The contest is open to both military and civilians. Details here. 

If you need some inspiration, look no further than the Commandant’s 2019 “Message to the Force” video.

He says “the strength of an elite organization is the ability to self-correct. To see where they’re falling short and need to change in order to remain effective without suffering a loss or defeat.”

The Museum will be closed on Monday in observance of President’s Day.

Did you know that President John F. Kennedy is the only acting president to visit MCRD San Diego? He visited in June 1963, and next time you visit us, don’t forget to ask about the bronze footprints where he famously stood.

Celebrate President’s Day with us by taking 30% off your order in the gift shop or online. Orders $75 and up automatically qualify for free shipping! Thank you for supporting the Museum and our programs for Marines.

Now I’m off to ponder what the Museum could look like 10 years from now…an animated DI mannequin sure could be fun…perhaps we could even use a 3D printer to build him?