Established in 1911, Naval Station Great Lakes, the “Quarterdeck of the Navy,” is the Navy’s largest training installation and the home of the Navy’s only Boot Camp.
Over 38,000 recruits will become Sailors at Recruit Training Command Great Lakes this year during an eight-week course of instruction. We will have 48 recruit graduation ceremonies this year that will attract over 125,000 visitors to Lake County.
About 40 percent of those new Sailors, fresh out of boot camp, will stay at Great Lakes for training at Training Support Center Great Lakes.
Training Support Center Great Lakes provides training and mentorship to new apprentice-level Sailors and functional support to Learning Sites (LS) in Great Lakes, including the Center for Surface Combat Systems, Surface Warfare School Command, the Center for Explosive Ordnance Disposal and Diving, and Naval Special Warfare Preparatory School.
Located on over 1,600 acres overlooking Lake Michigan, Naval Station Great Lakes supports over 50 tenant commands and elements as well as over 25,000 Sailors, Marines, Soldiers, Airmen, and DoD civilians who live and work on the installation. Our operations, along with area military retirees and educational aid payments, had a total economic impact on Illinois of $1.3 billion in 2016.
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Effective immediately, everyone must wear masks indoors at Naval Station Great Lakes, which means all guests attending the graduation ceremony are required to wear a mask while indoors for ticket pickup at the Welcome Center and while indoors at Recruit Training Command. The number of guests allowed has increased to four. If you have already submitted your guest security access form listing two individuals, please have additional guest information ready to provide to your recruit when they call. All guests must have a ticket including active duty personnel and veterans. (Children 2 & under do not count toward the guest limit.) COVID-19 immunizations are still required for guest attendance. Guests 12 or older need to provide proof of immunization (14 days post final dose,) in the form of a COVID-19 vaccination record card, to attend. If you are unable to provide proof of vaccination, you will not be issued tickets and will not be able to attend graduation.
REMINDER: Policies regarding the graduation ceremony can change at any time due to changes in our health protection status and policy. Please continue to follow RTC social media accounts for updates and check www.bootcamp.navy.mil for the most up-to-date information. For specific questions and inquiries, contact the RTC Public Affairs Office.
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