In an attempt to clear up some of the misconceptions about boot camp assignments and the Mississippi River, I'm providing a map.
The country is split into two Recruiting Regions, East and West. Each Recruiting Region is split into three Recruiting Districts.
Maggots from the East Recruiting Region go to MCRDPI:
1st Recruiting District
4th Recruiting District
6th Recruiting District (notice the 6th District crosses the Mississippi river to include Louisiana)
Maggots from the West Recruiting Region go to MCRDSD:
8th Recruiting District
9th Recruiting District (notice the 9th District crosses the Mississippi River to include Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana and part of Michigan)
12th Recruiting District
While that is the general rule, I've heard rumors of "legacy" recruits. That's a recruit who, because of location, would normally be assigned boot camp at one Recruit Depot, but because of a family member (father, mother, brother, uncle, etc.) will be allowed to go the other Recruit Depot for boot camp. I don't know if that's true or not. Maybe someone who has been or is on recruiting duty can clear that one up for us.
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