U.S. Navy Boot Camp


Recruit Training Command Great Lakes is

a unit within the United States Navy

primarily responsible for conducting the

initial orientation and indoctrination

of incoming recruits it is part of Naval

Service Training Command and is located

at Naval Station Great Lakes Illinois





Recruit Training Command is primarily

responsible for conducting the initial

Navy orientation and training of new

recruits the command is commonly

referred to as boot camp or recruit



in 1994 Recruit Training Command Great

Lakes became the Navy's only recruit

training facility better known as boot

camp recruit training involves a change

in the mental and physical capacity of

the new recruit

from the first day at RTC through

graduation day when new sailors board

the bus to depart recruits find

themselves in a whirl of activity every

recruit entering the Navy today will

remember RTC as their introduction to

Navy life








the bootcamp is approximately eight

weeks and all enlistees in to the United

States Navy begin their careers at the

command training includes physical

fitness seamanship firearms

familiarization firefighting and ship or

damage control lessons in navy heritage

and core values teamwork and discipline




RTC Great Lakes is the Navy's only basic

training location and is known as the

quarterdeck of the Navy today

approximately 38,000 to 40,000 recruits

graduate annually from RTC and begin

their Navy careers



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when the young men and women arrived at

RTC they are formed into divisions and

assigned three recruit division

commanders during the first week known

as in processing days forms are filled

out medical and dental exams given

inoculations administered and haircuts

received during their seven week stay at

RTC the RDCs work together to mold the

new recruits into sailors our dcs are

chief petty officers or senior petty

officers specially selected for their

leadership and teaching abilities they

must represent and teach Navy tradition

customs and discipline




recruit training is not an endeavor to

be taken lightly the workload is heavy

and the recruits must adjust to a

completely new way of life classroom and

skills instruction by the RDC gives

recruits information on how to adjust to

end succeed within the Navy in addition

to classroom instruction recruits spend

time learning the fundamentals of small

arms marksmanship seamanship water

survival line handling and firefighting

long days and intensive training leave

the recruits a little free time




during the first training week divisions

enter into the competitive aspects of

training excellence in academic

achievement military drill cleanliness

and athletics all count toward earning

recognition flags the competition

encourages teamwork and develops pride

in achievement the climax of the

competitive series is the pass in review

practice where the best divisions can

earn battle II CNO or Hall of Fame



at the end of the seventh training week

recruits undergo a final evaluation

called battle stations 21 this 12 hour

event culminates in the award of a navy

ball cap to replace the recruit ball cap

that each recruit wears during training

the symbolic change of Pat's indicates

their status as sailors in the world's

finest Navy


each week the commanding officer of

Recruit Training Command hosts an

impressive pass in review ceremony that

attracts more than 175,000 visitors

annually the pass in review ceremony

marks a recruits public recognition is a