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Training Support Center San Diego
Welcome Aboard

Dear Student:

Welcome to the Training Support Center San Diego. We hope your assignment here will be professionally rewarding and personally enjoyable. The knowledge you gain here will be of great value in the defense of your country and the common defense of all free nations.

The International Training Office has the responsibility to provide you with administrative and appropriate logistical support during your stay at Training Support Center. If you require assistance of any nature, please let us know of your needs. It is both our mission and desire to assist you in every possible way. The International Military Training Office conducts a Field Studies Program designed for your education and enjoyment. Included are tours to points of historical interest and scenic beauty, and participation in local social and cultural events. Details of these activities will be explained to you during your orientation briefing. You are encouraged to participate in the Field Studies Program. By doing so, you will take advantage of the opportunity to meet Americans, exchange ideas and customs and learn about our way of life.

Many base facilities are available for your use. Included are the Base Exchange, commissary, theater, sports facilities, churches, and medical facilities when appropriate.

Click here to preview and print our introductory booklet, which provides pertinent information concerning your stay here at Training Support Center San Diego, CA. It should answer most of your questions about Training Support Center and the surrounding community. Please read and become familiar with the policies and procedures outlined in this booklet, as they will aid you immensely during your assignment at Training Support Center San Diego.

Captain, U.S. Navy
Commanding Officer

The San Diego Area


Training Support Center San Diego is located on the ‘Dry Side’ of Naval Base San Diego.

San Diego is the seat of San Diego County and second largest city in California. It covers 319.5 square miles and is about 160 km (100 mi) south of Los Angeles and 20 km (12 mi) from the Mexican border. The city has a population of 1,355,000 (2013 census), and San Diego County at 3,200,000. The population is a mix of many cultures and races including Anglo, Chicano, Asian, and African Americans. The economy of San Diego is based on diversified industries, including ship building and repair, aerospace and electronic equipment manufacturing. The deep water harbor of San Diego Bay is the base for a major commercial fishing fleet and for U.S. Navy, Marine, and Coast Guard operations including Naval Base San Diego.

Among the city's educational facilities are the University of San Diego (1949) and San Diego State University (1897). Several research facilities, including the Scripps Institution of Oceanography (1903), are headquartered in and around the city. The city's cultural and recreational facilities and mild, dry climate have fostered a successful tourist industry. Places of interest include the San Diego Zoo in Balboa Park, Mission San Diego, and Cabrillo National Monument, the site of Point Loma Lighthouse (1855).


San Diego boasts of having an almost perfect climate. Its semi-arid Mediterranean climate is sunny, mild and even. There are, supposedly, only two other places in the world that has such a climate -- Alexandria, Egypt, and the Cape of Good Hope, Africa. San Diego's coastal section is free of severe storms, snow and sleet. Mountainous areas, which do receive snow, are located approximately 40 miles to the east and the snowfall is of short duration during the winter months. Temperatures in San Diego vary slightly throughout the year. The average yearly temperature is 63F (17C); winter average, 57F (14C); summer average, 75F (20C). Approximately 68% of the rain occurs from December to March.

Agriculture: vegetables, fruits, nuts, dairy products, cattle, nursery stock, grapes.

Industry: electronic components and equipment, aerospace, film production, food processing, petroleum, computers and computer software, tourism.

Arrival Information


By air you will arrive at the San Diego International Airport. If pickup arrangements have been made before arrival, there will be a representative from Training Support Center there to meet you. If not, the most expedient mode of travel to the Naval Base San Diego is taxi service. Taxi fare will cost approximately $40.00.

In Processing

You should go to the Naval Base San Diego, Training Support Center, International Training Office, building 3280, room 101A, phone numbers 619-556-8368/8337/8172/8340/6633. If you arrive after working hours (Monday - Friday 7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.) then report to the International Training Office before 8:00 a.m. on the first working day after arrival. If located at another base, the International Training Officer will arrange to meet you.

You will be given an arrival brief by the International Training Officer to include discussion of the Field Studies Program and rights and responsibilities of International Trainees.

At this time, you will receive your U.S. Military ID Card, berthing/messing arrangements and, if appropriate, undergo English Comprehension Level Testing.

If you arrive at the airport, the Duty Driver will meet you on arrival normally in the Baggage Claim Area and escort you to the appropriate Billeting Office and base for Check-in. To arrange airport pick-up, you will need to coordinate with your Security Cooperation Officer (SCO). If you arrive at TSC, San Diego directly, report to the International Training Office (Building 3280, Room 101A) during working hours, and to the TSC Duty Office in building 3290 if after working hours or on weekends and request assistance from the Duty Officer.

If you have any problems in locating the International Training Office or getting onboard the Naval Base, contact the International Training Office (phone 619-556-8368) during normal working hours or the TSC Officer of the Day (OOD) (phone 619-556-8372) during non-working hours and weekends.


Training Support Center requirements for early May - early October are uniforms equivalent to U.S. summer whites for enlisted (E-6 and below) and U.S. summer khaki for CPO's (E-7 to E-9) and officers. Requirements for early November - early April are uniforms equivalent to winter blue for enlisted (E-6 and below) and U.S. summer khaki for CPO's (E-7 to E-9) and officers. The Navy Standard Uniform, NSU, or each countries equivalent uniform, is a blue camouflage uniform that is acceptable for classroom and daily use.

Invitational Travel Orders

You must carry copies of your ITO with you. You should check this document carefully when you first receive it. Extremely important points to check are:

(1) Name. Your name as it appears on the ITO will be used on all records at TSC, San Diego. Ensure the spelling is correct and your family name/preferred name is shown in all capital letters. All records are filed alphabetically by surname or last name. This means you will be identified by this name for record keeping purposes. Ensure your name on ITO and passport is the same.

(2) Rank. Your U.S. rank equivalent should be indicated next to your rank. U.S. rank is E-1 through E-9 for enlisted personnel, W0-1 through W0-4 for warrant officers, and 0-1 through 0-6 for officers. Some privileges are based on rank and without this information, problems could arise.

(3) Courses. Only that training specifically listed on the ITO will be given. If you believe you are to have different or additional training, check before you start your travel. That which is easy to correct before you leave your homeland is almost impossible to change later.

(4) Special Instructions. Read the special instructions carefully. These show some privileges authorized by your government. If you plan to bring your family or to drive while in the U.S., your special instructions must so indicate.

(5) Dependents. Check to ensure your dependents are authorized in your ITO. Notify TSC San Diego International Training Office to ensure berthing arrangements can be confirmed prior to bringing your dependents. Rental costs off the base are very high in San Diego.



Navy Gateway Inn (NGI)

Private room with bath at the NGI is $55.00 per night. VIP accommodations are available for senior officers. Spouse can reside in the room for no additional cost. No children under twelve years old are permitted in the CBQ. The third guest will pay an additional $5.00 per day.


Government messing is available in Building 3202, the Dining Facility. Meals are pay as you go, set prices. Current prices are: Breakfast $3.45, Lunch $5.55 and Dinner $4.85. Enlisted students under the International Military Education and Training (IMET) program will be compensated for the cost of meals. No closed government messing is available for officers. Officers may eat at the dining facility.

If you do not wish to use government messing, there are several other dining facilities onboard the Naval Base.


Regularly scheduled trolley service provides transportation from the Naval Base to downtown San Diego

Commercial taxi service may be obtained by calling one of the many taxi services listed in the local telephone directory.

Automobiles are available for rent by day, week or month. Arrangements can be made by contacting one of the rental agencies listed in the local telephone directory. The closest car rental business is located in the Navy Exchange complex located on the "wet" side of the Naval Base.


Mail to be received while onboard TSC should be addressed as follows:

(Your name and rank)
Training Support Center, Code N31
3975 Norman Scott Rd, Suite 1
San Diego, CA 92136-5588

Leave Policy

Liaison Officers/Senior Country Representatives may impose restrictions on leave policy.

International Military Education and Training (IMET) trainees may be paid living allowances for leave and holidays during the period between consecutive courses. See the International Training Office for more details.

You are authorized to take leave upon completion of your course of instruction and before returning to you home country, if:

(1) you have been granted leave by your Invitational Travel Order,

(2) you have been granted leave by your Military Attaché in Washington, D.C. Written approval (in English) is required to amend your ITO not later than 15 days prior to completion of scheduled training, after coordinating such leave between you, the International Training Officer, and CONUS representative of your country.

Except for emergency leave, leave granted International Military Students (IMSs) should not interfere with, nor prolong the period of training. Coordinate emergency leave requests through the International Training Officer.