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Recruit Training Command, RTC Great Lakes


Recruit Training Command, RTC Great Lakes

Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes is located in Northern Chicago, Illinois

Veterans: 241
Latest Activity: Apr 28

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Co. 299 RTC Great Lakes Ill.

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Comment by michael kerkes on February 15, 2014 at 7:01pm
Its nice being on this site with a bunch of oldtimers from GL it was a very different time back then. Company 257 june 62 sept62 USS VULCAN AR5 A gang 63-65
Comment by Mick Dousman on February 15, 2014 at 6:51pm

Was in Co. 454 starting mid Sept, 61.   Our CO was a SMC, but don't remember his name but he was pretty mean.  We worked off so many demerits mostly in the drill hall, but sometimes in the snow when he a felt like it.  I got pneumonia by Nov and had to spend the next 5 weeks in the hospital.  There were 300 other recruits in there with the same disease. Finished the last two weeks in another company where nobody knew anybody else, but it was better then starting over like some guys I knew.  

Comment by Kenneth C. Shee on February 15, 2014 at 10:14am

We had a recruit chief petty officer(RCPO).His dad was an officer so he knew how the game was played. 

Comment by James Franklin Benson on February 15, 2014 at 8:16am

we had an ACTING CHIEF PETTY OFFICER ( ACPO ) within our ranks in my COMPANY 640 from  DEC 56 to Jan. 57,and could NOT use any other methods to clean the decks in our barracks other than what we were told to use,and did not get any breaks...That RASCAL reported everything we did to the old man,and we were assigned DEMERITS for any infractions accused of,and if we got SO MANY demerits,we were sent to COMPANY 800  BAKER!!..Those poor guys MARCHED almost 24/7 out on the grinder in the snow...DID NOT WANT THAT!!!

Comment by Kenneth C. Shee on February 14, 2014 at 6:43pm

Co.341 August '61 to Oct '61.Company commander was GM1 Cook.I remember a sleet storm the night before general inspection.Taking down laundry in swim trunks.

Comment by francis mickey doyle on February 14, 2014 at 4:31pm


Comment by ALISTAIR HEWITT on February 14, 2014 at 1:39pm

BM1 Peck was an old guy, had been around a long time and looked it. He was pretty fair considering though. I still have my KEEL and my grand kids enjoy looking through it. Guess things have changed quite a bit since we were there.

Comment by Steve Jackson on February 14, 2014 at 11:12am

Alistair I also went to the Lakes in Oct 61. Company 510, don't remember the company commander only he was a PO1. To lazy to climb into the attic to find the book

Comment by ALISTAIR HEWITT on February 12, 2014 at 11:43pm

Oct. 1961. Co. 318. BM1 Oscar Peck was our Company Cdr.

Comment by steven richmond on February 7, 2014 at 1:18pm

to shine our floors Nov. 1970, Company 408, we flipped a table with the blankets underneath and rode three guys on the table.  BAM, it worked.


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