The recruit graduation ceremony, also known as Pass-In-Review, is a formal military ceremony which honors your recruit’s hard work and dedication to a new way of life, and ties together the future of the Navy with our long-held Naval traditions and customs.
This page includes all of the information you will need to visit your recruit for graduation, including the schedule of events and directions to the Recruit Family Welcome Center. Please review the information carefully. If you have additional questions not covered in these pages or in the Frequently Asked Questions, you may get in touch with RTC via the contact page.
The recruit graduation ceremony is a ticketed event. Tickets will be issued at the Recruit Family Welcome Center, the week of your recruit's graduation. Tickets are free of charge. The Recruit Family Welcome Center is open Thursday [10:00 AM to 7:30 PM] and Friday [5:30 AM to 8:30 AM], and is located at the Navy Exchange at Burkey Mall, 2650 Green Bay Road, North Chicago, IL 60088. It is HIGHLY recommended those attending the ceremony not wait until the morning of graduation to obtain tickets.
*** Certain federal holidays may require adjusting days and times. Please refer to the command website for those specific updates. ***
Early in training, your recruit sent a letter, which contains important information about attending the graduation ceremony. Please follow the instruction you received in the letter and fill out/return the security forms to your recruit so your names are placed on our access list. The security form you received must be filled according to the instructions on the form and returned to your recruit within seven days of the postmark.
Please communicate with your recruit well before the final week of training to be sure the right names are on the list and to note any changes.
ALL GUESTS, including Active Duty/Retired Military Personnel and those ages 3 and older must be on the access list. The maximum number allowed is four per recruit. Children under 3 do not need to be on the access list. Please coordinate with your recruit as only recruits may place names on the list. RTC staff can neither change these names nor release the names of those on the list.
NOTE: There will be times when the number is reduced to three due to the number of recruits graduating.
Only the recruit may submit or change names, and no changes are permitted once the access list has been submitted to RTC Security the week prior to graduation. Please be sure to write to your recruit to let them know who will be attending.
All guests 18 and over must present an original and valid, government-issued photo identification to RTC Security to enter the base (driver’s license, passport, military ID, etc.).
Guests 17 years or younger who do not possess one the items listed above must present one of the following: school ID, driver's permit, copy of their birth certificate, or social security card. On the security form you received from your recruit, the state ID number may be substituted with the social security number.
2018 Recruit Training Command Graduation Dates and Divisions
6:30 am: RTC gate opens to guests.
7:00 am: Ceremonial drill hall doors open to guests.
8:45 am: All guests must be seated. Ceremonial drill hall doors close, no further entry for guests.
9:00 am: Pass-In-Review commences.
9:20 am: Divisions arrive.
10:30 am: Pass-In-Review concludes.
*Please plan on arriving at least 1.5 hours before the ceremony, which begins promptly at 9:00 a.m
If you need travel assistance, you may contact Navy Morale, Welfare & Recreation (MWR) for information regarding hotel and airfare reservations. MWR may be contacted by calling 1-847-688-3593 or you may also visit the MWR website at www.navymwrgreatlakes.com.
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.
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Each Award Winner will receive a letter of commendation from the commanding officer in recognition of their superlative achievements during recruit training. This is true for everyone except the overall top grad who receives a Flag Letter of Commendation.
If you did not receive the security form from your recruit or you misplaced it, please download a new form and return to your recruit ASAP, for proper graduation ceremony access. The security form you received must be filled out according to the instructions on the form and returned to your recruit, which will ensure the recruits graduation ceremony attendees are properly accounted for. If this form is not received you will not be able to attend the graduation ceremony.