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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: 207
Latest Activity: Apr 17

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Your Stories are Needed

Started by Gary D. Mickle. Last reply by Gary D. Mickle Nov 29, 2013. 2 Replies

looking for company 134 1979

Started by mark antoney pederzolli. Last reply by Martin J. Barrett Oct 29, 2013. 1 Reply

boot camp

Started by Wm. E. Gardner. Last reply by Jack Washburn Oct 19, 2013. 7 Replies

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Comment by michael kerkes on April 11, 2014 at 1:30pm
I was there I 62 still applying the swift kick company 257 june 62-sept 10 62
Comment by Anthony Tucker on April 11, 2014 at 1:01pm

I was there in September 1982 - October 1982  Company 267.  Then I went directly to ATD...

Comment by Kenneth C. Shee on April 3, 2014 at 8:39am
In '61 a 2nd class Petty Officer patroled the rear of each row during formations.He never said a word.Any talking,fidgiting,etc. and he would deliver a swift kick to the butt.
Comment by James Franklin Benson on April 2, 2014 at 10:26am

The UCMJ was adopted in '55 ( or was ir '56) at any rate the " laying on of hands" was OFFICIALLY  ENDED  ( ? )  in '56,but I do remember the CC of our sister Company...639..gently applying his right foot to one of his SKINHEAD'S back-side,which seemd to work,because it kinda speeded him up enough to get him back in step....Talking about working off accumulated demerits....We were NOT allowed to WORK OFF our demerits;they stayed with us for our duration,and if we picked up fifteen demerits,for ANY reason,we were transferred to a Company known as ..800 BAKER...which consisted of misfits,and those who just could not adjust to boot camp life....Life was NOT easy for 800 Baker...

Comment by Douglas James Riley on April 1, 2014 at 6:36pm
They didn't stop too much in '55. In '70 my CC was famous for carrying his baseball glove to "correct" us while marching. I was smacked very hard in the back of the head by that glove a couple of times. Fell asleep in a class one day and he came up behind me and yanked my chair form under me by the chair legs. I landed on my tailbone and it knocked the wind out of me. Then as I gasped for air in the floor, he kicked me while screaming "you will not fall asleep in my class scrounge maggot" repeatedly.
Never fell asleep again!
He was always physically bashing us while verbally abusing us. It was boot camp after all.
Comment by James Franklin Benson on April 1, 2014 at 3:55pm

After being in the fleet for a few years,I thought it would be kinda nice to get SHORE DUTY back at GL/NTC,and HARRASS the SKINHEADS,and revive the rumor of the 6" SQUARE NEEDLE...remember THAT one?

Comment by James Franklin Benson on April 1, 2014 at 3:52pm

Frank Farrugia,do you remember which Camp you were Camp Porter,Downes,etc.  I was at Camp Porter,barracks 1502,lower east...For some reason,it seems I can remember all this stuff,but just can't remember what I had for breakfast today ha ha  You were there before the UCMJ was put in place.If I remember right,your Company ( and others ) were there under the very watchful eye of the " ROCKS and SHOALS" when a CC could LEGALLY put his foot...rather FORCEFULLY the hind-side of the recruits...Then in '55 ( I think ) the UCMJ was adopted,and all that BAD stuff stopped...Or rather,was supposed to...Anyway,I survived it but was ready to get into the fleet and away from GLNTC.

Comment by Frank Farrugia / Frank (fuji) on March 31, 2014 at 9:27pm

James F. Benson, you seem to have remembered all the gooood stuff.  I was there a bit before you.  August 1954, Co 143 under the watchful eye of

M.J. Potosk  G M 1. 

   Had a great 6 wks. through a winter doing all those good things.

Comment by James Franklin Benson on March 31, 2014 at 7:33pm

Was there in late Nov.56 in a holding company waiting for company 640 to form,then enjoyed all the festivities & fun things,like hand-washing laundry,marching on the grinder in 30" of snow,falling asleep in classes,good-ole SEMAPHORE flag-waving,fire-fighting school,...and oh,oh,oh,must not forget MESS COOKING.Boy what FUN!...Scrubbing the deck in the drill hall,,,etc.,etc.,etc,

Comment by Wm. E. Gardner on March 31, 2014 at 1:46pm

welcome aboard (was there dec,59 ) semper fortis


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