printerprint friendly view (pdf)    Bookmark and Share    text size decrease increase

Fast Facts

 MCAS New River is a helicopter training facility

Location: Marine Corps Air Station New River is located 4 miles south of downtown Jacksonville on Hwy 17, south in Onslow County, North Carolina. Jacksonville is predominately a military town with two Marine Corps installations located in the area. Located near many beautiful beaches on the Atlantic Ocean, MCAS New River is a very desirable location.

BRAC Status: No planned changes.

Cost of Living: Cost of living is relatively low and housing prices have come down due to the Marine Corps downsizing.

Base Operator: 910-451-1113. There is no longer a base operator; an automated recording refers callers to a website for a complete listing of phone numbers: (click on "Phone Directory" located on right side of page).


  • 7499 Active Duty
  • 595 Officer
  • 6610 Enlisted
  • 1750 Family Members
  • 10,660 Retirees and Civilian Employees

Area Population: 194,638 in the nearby community of Jacksonville, NC.

Child Care: The MCAS New River Child Development Center (CDC) offers a variety of programs including: Full Day Care - 172 spaces available; Part Day-Preschool - 48 spaces available; Part Day-Toddler - 24 spaces available; Part Day-School Age - 45 spaces available; Hourly Care; and Special Needs Care. For more information call 910-449-5633 / (DSN) 312-752-5633.

Schools: All legal dependent children who reside with their military sponsor in permanent base housing are eligible to attend Camp Lejeune Dependents Schools. Call the School Liaison Office at 910-449-4703.

Youth Services: The MCAS New River Youth and Teen Center offers many programs and camps. Call 910-449-6711 / (DSN) 312-752-6711.

Marine and Family Services: Marine and Family Programs 910-449-6185/6110 / (DSN) 312-752-6110/6185.

Housing: Camp Lejeune/MCAS New River family housing is considered some of the finest in the Marine Corps. The 4,447 units are well maintained and are continuously updated. Application and waitlist inquiries should be directed to the Military Housing Office, 910-219-6460 / 1-877-509-2424. There is a shortage of affordable Junior Enlisted housing in the Jacksonville area. Median home price is $154,100 and median rent is $943.

Employment: Employment for spouses may be a challenge depending on their chosen field. A great number of job opportunities in Onslow County are in the service and retail industry. Unemployment in the Jacksonville area is 5.5%. Median household income is $46,141. Contact the Employment Assistance Program Counselor at Marine & Family Programs, 910-449-4902 / (DSN) 312-752-4902, as soon as you receive your orders and as soon as possible after your arrival.

Base Services:

Medical Services: There are three facilities available to military family members stationed at MCAS New River. Appointments for any clinic can be made by calling 800-931-9501.

  • The Naval Hospital (Hospital Family Practice Clinic), located aboard Camp Lejeune which provides a wide range of medical services but some may be on a limited basis. Call 910-450-4646.
  • The Navy Family Practice Clinic located at 3280 Henderson Drive, Jacksonville, provides services to active duty family members, retired personnel and their family members. Call 910-455-1457.
  • The MCAS New River Family Practice Clinic accommodates family members for medical care as well. Call 910-449-5527. 

Special Installation Messages:

As of 30 June 2011 there is no longer a Central Billeting Office aboard MCAS New River. New arrivals please call your unit or MAG Hqs “Officer of the Day”.

Defense Service Network (DSN) Dialing Instructions

The DSN is the provider of long-distance communications service for the Department of Defense (DoD). Every installation has a special DSN number and the numbers vary by world-wide location. In order to place a call using DSN, the caller must be using a military phone on an installation. Cell phones cannot dial DSN numbers. When dialing a DSN number from a United States installation to another United States installation, it is unnecessary to dial the DSN 312 area code. When dialing a DSN number to/from overseas locations, the DSN area code must be included. The operator can be reached at commercial (719) 567-1110. Please note that long distance charges may be incurred.

Explore the links to the left for in-depth information.

Need personal assistance?

Call your relocation manager »

Or, for 24/7 assistance, call Military OneSource. », No question is too big or too small 800-342-9647

Military OneSource Newsletter Subscriptions button

Plan My Move, Take control of your PCS move

Do you have orders?

Request a Sponsor »

Additional Resources

  • Expand Housing TreeHousing
  • Expand Household Goods TreeHousehold Goods
  • Expand Local Community TreeLocal Community
  • Expand Financial Planning TreeFinancial Planning
  • Expand Employment TreeEmployment
  • Expand Child Care TreeChild Care
  • Expand Education TreeEducation
  • Expand MWR TreeMWR
  • Expand Special Circumstances TreeSpecial Circumstances

Military Crisis Line

Safe Helpline