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Graduation Day Schedule

Please arrive at Recruit Training Command’s gate with enough time to process through all security check points before 8:45 a.m., the process time varies from graduation to graduation but is no shorter than 30 minutes.

6:30 a.m.
RTC gates open to visitors and security screenings begin.

7 a.m.
Ceremonial drill hall doors open to graduation guests.

8:45 a.m.
All guests should be seated.

9 a.m.
Pass-In-Review commences.

9:20 a.m.
Divisions arrive.

9:45 a.m.
Arrival honors to reviewing officer.

10:30 a.m.
Pass-In-Review concludes.

10:35 a.m.
Liberty Call, Recruits meet with guests on drill deck.   Recruits and guests exit ceremonial drill hall to designated parking area.

7:00-9:00 p.m. or as dictated by Chain of Command
Liberty expires.  Please note: Recruits must walk back to their designated ships, so allow the recruit ample amount of time to reach their destination.

Departure from Recruit Training Command

Newly graduated Sailors who will attend advanced training (“A” school) in Great Lakes, Illinois will most likely transfer immediately after graduation.  Those who will attend “A” school out of state may depart the following day after graduation. Please discuss liberty with your recruit during their phone calls home and be sure to ask when they are departing Recruit Training Command for their next assignment. Recruit Training Command Public Affairs does not have access to individual schedules. Only your recruit and his/her supervisor know their specific liberty schedule.

If after reviewing this website you have additional questions about the Pass-In-Review ceremony, call RTC Public Affairs at (847) 688-2405, or send an e-mail to rtc.pao@navy.mil

Great Lakes Naval Museum

As an official Department of the Navy Museum, the Great Lakes Naval Museum's mission is to select, collect, preserve, and interpret the history of the United States Navy with particular emphasis on the Navy's only "boot camp" at the Naval Training Station/Center at Great Lakes, Illinois. The museum serves as a visible reminder of the Navy's strong roots in the Midwest and the station's hundred-year history as a center of recruiting, training and pride.

Naval Station Great Lakes, the largest military installation in Illinois and the largest training center in the Navy, hosts the Navy's only Recruit Training Command. Each year approximately 40,000 men and women complete the requirements to become enlisted Navy Sailors at the Navy's only boot camp. Naval Station Great Lakes is also home to the Navy's technical training schools for surface warfare excellence at Training Support Center Great Lakes. Yearly, more than 25,000 students attend these initial and advanced training schools where they learn the basic skills of their Navy jobs.

The Museum visually reflects how Naval Station, Great Lakes, located in the heartland of America, has played a unique role for millions of Sailors who have passed through the "Gateway to the Fleet." Exhibits focus on: the founding, the history, and the past and present operation of Naval Station, Great Lakes; the history and role of ethnic diversity in the Naval Service; the first black enlisted school, the first black officers trained, and the first integrated schools (1944); and the story of the transition from Civilian to Sailor. Visitors can explore the history of recruit training and veterans will see the Navy they served juxtaposed against today's Navy, and they will find a forum in which to recount their Navy accomplishments.


The Great Lakes Naval Museum is located in Building 42. Building 42 is located at the Main Gate of Naval Station Great Lakes, directly behind the Visitors Center. Free parking is located to the west of the museum, next to the Visitors Center. (Please note: The Great Lakes Naval Museum is not located on Recruit Training Command.)
Building 42 is also known as "The Hostess House." Designed in 1942 by prominent architect Gordon Bunshaft, Building 42 is one of the New York architect's earliest works in the United States. The building played a historic role in the training of Naval recruits in World War II and served as a meeting place for tens of thousands of recruits, their families, and guests.

Museum Hours and Admission

The museum is open to the public with no admission charge.

Wednesday: 1:00 pm - 5:00pm
Thursday: 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Friday: 11:00am - 5:00pm
Saturday: 1:00pm - 5:00pm

Guided tours and additional hours by appointment.
Please call 847-688-3154 for more information.

Museum Contact Information

Great Lakes Naval Museum
Building 42
610 Farragut Avenue
Great Lakes, IL 60088
Phone Number: (847) 688-3154
Museum Website: http://www.history.navy.mil/museums/greatlakes/index.htm

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