RTC Graduation Opens to Families

Can I get a βš“οΈ πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ HOOYAH! According to the Navy Recruit Training Command they will re-open boot camp graduation, or the Pass-In-Review ceremony, for a limited number of family members and guests beginning with graduation ceremonies August 13. Each recruit may invite two guests (max, no exceptions) to attend in person. (Children 2 & under do not count toward the guest limit.) Guests do not need to provide proof of vaccination for COVID-19 to attend.

However, in order to ensure the health and safety of all, every person attending is required to wear face masks and observe social distancing protocols. If you are unable to wear a mask, you will not be able to attend, and will not be allowed into the facility.

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To help ensure the health of new Sailors and staff, and to take full advantage of all Naval Station facilities freely and unmasked, RTC encourages attendees to be fully immunized before you arrive. Please continue to follow RTC social media accounts for updates and check www.bootcamp.navy.mil for the most up-to-date information.

Your recruit will be calling home in the coming weeks for information to complete the guest security access form. Please have the name, date of birth, address, and phone number for the two guests who will be attending. An example form with additional information can be located on our website under Graduations > Security Access Form.

The recruit graduation ceremony, also known as Pass-In-Review, is a formal military ceremony that honors a recruit’s hard work and dedication to a new way of life and ties together the future of the Navy with long-held Naval traditions and customs.

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According to Recruit Training Command public affairs the recruits be allowed off-base liberty, however, as previously, the amount of time will depend on whether they are transferring to TSC for school or going out state. We will post more liberty information next week on RTC’s official website and Facebook page.

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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 hats indicates their status as Sailors in the World’s Finest Navy.

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A special recruit division is responsible for performing musical pieces and drill routines at each boot camp graduation at Navy boot camp. Selection for this unit, the 900 Division, usually takes place within a week of the recruit’s arrival at the Great Lakes Naval Station for basic training.

Congratulations to all the new Sailors and their families. Our country is strong and safer because of the dedication of these young men and women who choose to serve our United States of America.

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