Marine Barracks, also known as "8th and I," is a Marine Corps naval base that is precisely located at the corner of Eighth and I Streets on the southeast side of Washington, D.C. just about four blocks south of the metro station Eastern Market in the blue/orange lines. Touted as the "Oldest Post of the Corps", this 6-acre facility which is the oldest active Marine Corps post and a National Historic Landmark, listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1972 along with being a designated a National Historic Landmark in 1976.
Marine Barracks Marine Corps Base provides both security operations to almost any designated military service within the area of Washington D.C. Even though, the duties of this military base are also ceremonial-oriented and include funeral escort for dignitaries and Marines, participation in parades, including the Tuesday Sunset parade celebrated at Iwo Jima Memorial at Arlington National Cemetery in Rosslyn, Virginia, and the Friday evening parade, as well as ceremonial honor guard for most state functions, and to provide security forces for the White House Communications Agency and Camp David. Marine Barracks Marine Corps Base also serves for training to maintain emergency preparedness and MOS proficiency.
Cost of Living: Washington D.C. is a extremely livable city scoring 76 livability points, ranking number one in the District of Columbia, and number 6,809 in the USA, with a cost of living that is equal to the District of Columbia average, and 35.9% greater than the cost of living national average.
Automated Telephone Attendant Number: Base Operator number is 202-433-4173: Commanding Officer, phone (202) 433-4891; Executive Officer, phone (202) 433-4891.
Base Population: Marine Barracks Marine Corps Base population accounts for more than 1,100 Marines, Sailors and Civilians.
City/Area Population: Washington District of Columbia (D.C.) is the capital city of the United States of America, with an estimated population in 2014 of 658,893 in the Federal District, 5,949,859 in the metropolitan area, and 9,443,180 people including its combined statistical area.
Child Development Centers: There are no Child Development Centers on post, but around Marine Barracks Marine Corps Base area including Little Scholars Child Development, phone (202) 707-5222; Bright Horizons at Covington Kids, phone (202) 347-8290: St Phillips Child Development, phone (202) 678-1640, and several other education facilities including K-12 schools.
Youth Programs: All of the youth programs available are conducted by education centers in the Marine Barracks Marine Corps Base area such as the Child and Family Services Agency, phone (202) 442-6100; SMYAL Non-Profit Organization, phone (202) 567-3165, and Metro Teen AIDS, phone (202) 543-8246.
Family Readiness Center: Marine Barracks offers family support programs and distance education, besides the Marine Corps training program at the Marine Corps Institute. Officers in the support service are part of the White House Social Aide Program, established in 1902 by President Theodore Roosevelt.
Employment: All the Marines assigned to Marine Barracks Marine Corps Base must meet strict weight, height, and background check standards to comply with the performance profile required to participate in parades and other official ceremonies. Browse the USAJOBS agency to find available employment opportunities at this facility.
Base Services: Marine Barracks has a chaplain, shoppettes, gym, and other services to provide its staff with the necessary facilities for their military living.
History: President Thomas A. Jefferson established and commissioned Marine Barracks Marine Corps Base in 1801 with the goal to provide the Marines with a suitable operations place next to the Capitol and the Washington Navy Yard. The architect George Hadfield designed the Commandant’s House and the barracks, which faced hard times during the fierce War of 1812, but while the British troops captured it, they could not burn it down.
Over two centuries of service make the Marine Barracks not just the oldest building in continuous use in Washington, D.C., but a place that is historically rich, although the Commandant's house is the only original building from the early 19th century that was left in this facility, because all the other building were rebuilt between 1900 and 1907.
Units: For more than two centuries, Marine Barracks houses the Commandant and main ceremonial setting of the U.S. Marine Corps, besides the "President's Own" U.S. Marine Band, and the "Commandant's Own" Marine Drum and Bugle Corps.
Housing: This facility offers temporary quarters and lodging in local hotels and motels in the city, many of which offer extended stay.
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