Welcome to the Southern California Recruiting Battalion

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Who We Serve

The battalion is comprised of seven recruiting companies and 38 stations covering more than 40,000 square miles of Southern California terrain.

The battalion’s area of responsibility runs from the International Border with Mexico at the south to the San Bernardino Mountains in the north, including the National Training Center.  The western border is the Pacific Ocean and the eastern demarcation lines are shared with the state’s Nevada and Arizona borders.

Recruiters are the heart of the Southern California Recruiting Battalion.  Through their efforts, the Army continues to maintain its fighting strength by receiving bright, well-motivated men and women who join the Army to train and serve our great nation.

Mission Statement

The Southern California Army Recruiting Battalion, “Pistoleros” Battalion, contributes to Army Readiness by recruiting qualified individuals into the U.S. Army as Active Duty and Reserve Soldiers. We will accomplish our assigned task by operating with focus and a sense of urgency, and by harnessing our team’s unique skills and diversity. We will maintain a high level of unit pride, morale and teamwork while providing world-class leadership and care of our Soldiers, Civilians and families.

Pistoleros Battalion Priorities

Our three priorities are: Take Care of Our Teammates, Develop Our Team, and Accomplish Our Mission. Taking care of people and training/developing our team will enable mission accomplishment. We expect our teammates to live the Army values with discipline and accountability.

We will Take Care of our Teammates by fostering a safe and positive climate, and by treating each other, and the public, with dignity and respect every day. We will be Positively Intrusive Leaders and take care of Soldiers, Civilian Teammates, Families/Support Networks by intervening early when issues arise (goal is to be preventative). We will enforce Standards, Discipline, and Accountability. We will be positive, have fun, and regularly reinforce the meaningful work that our Soldiers and Civilians are doing.

We will Develop our Team to be competitive team players who take pride in themselves and their service. We will coach, mentor and train our Soldiers and Civilian Teammates to reach their full potential. We will take complete ownership and contribute our skills and abilities to achieve the mission.

We will Accomplish Our Mission by operating with a sense of urgency daily, and by reducing distractions that do not lead to results, readiness, or resilience. We will ensure we adequately equip our teammates with support/resource to execute their assigned mission, and ensure all our teammates support the mission. We will develop strong networks and work with our community partners to share the Army’s story. We will be walking billboards and demonstrate the prestige and opportunities the Army has to offer.

Lt. Col. Matthew Upperman - Command Sgt. Maj. Michael Carter


Mailing Address:

ATTN: (Office & Name)

United States Army
Southern California Recruiting Battalion
27401 Los Altos Suite 330
Mission Viejo CA 92691

Please forward any questions or comments to
Southern California Recruiting Battalion Webmaster

If you are interested in joining the Army, call 1-800-USA-ARMY, ext. 181 or visit www.goarmy.com.

If you are interested in the Army Reserve, call 1-800-USA-ARMY, ext. 182 or visit www.goarmyreserve.com

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U.S. Army Recruiting Battalion - Southern California
27401 Los Altos Suite 330
Mission Viejo, CA 92691

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