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Recruit Training Command, RTC Great Lakes

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

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Boot camp

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Company 053 (1972)

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Comment by Ray J Elliott on June 9, 2018 at 8:00pm

I do remember the smoke bucket. I am glad I did not get caught for I had a few in the bathroom. 


Comment by Philip Tucker on June 9, 2018 at 7:40pm

When I started "BOOT CAMP" there was:

Camp Barry..Indoctrination,seabag issue,at that time there also Camp Moffett,Camp Dewey,Camp Downs,Camp Porter.From what I remember Dewey,Downs,and Porter were newer.Barry and Moffett were built some time between WW I and WWII.Buildings were basically "TINDER BOXES" as in smoking could ONLY be done around "BUTT BUCKETS" IF you did smoke it was only around the "BUTT BUCKETS"

Comment by Emmet Molloy on June 8, 2018 at 2:40pm

When I was at Great Lakes in the Fall of 1965 I came down with a bad cold and had a fever and I knew it without actually taking my temperature. I had heard about being set back in training for medical reasons and I had and still have a history of upper respiratory infections that can lead to bronchitis and/or pneumonia. Of course now, I get a pneumonia shot. But back then, with not wanting anyone to know that I was sick, I went into that heated drying room where the laundry was hanging and sat there instead of sleeping that night and sweated the fever out of me. I didn’t get much sleep that night but by next morning my fever had broken and I felt much better and got on with my training. 

Comment by Gregory S. Eastom on June 8, 2018 at 2:02pm

Leaving my home from California and wearing nothing but jeans and a tee-shirt as directed by my recruiter I arrived at RTC Great Lakes on the last day of 1983 at midnight at the USO at the airport in Chicago, with the temperature being way below zero! I was assigned to company 84011 and after a couple days of shoveling snow in temperatures well below zero my company was formed and boot-camp started! With the storm being well below zero temperatures for a couple of weeks we  where not allowed outside after a couple of recruits slipped and received injuries that sent them back in their training until they were medically cleared to start again! These are great memories for me to remember, I hope to come across others from my company to help meremember even more!

Comment by John Houghtaling on June 8, 2018 at 8:12am

Philip, I note that your first duty after boot camp was with security Great Lakes while my first duty station was with the police depart (security) Sub Base Pearl Harbor ........ sorry Philip but I think I won ...... LOL


Comment by Philip Tucker on June 7, 2018 at 3:19pm

Remember it VEY well John...although I was never in that position...when I was there in 62' there guys from other companys that would check everyones clothes line but never the one they used.

Comment by John Houghtaling on June 7, 2018 at 2:02am

Hello Philip,  you reminded me that I was clothesline petty officer,  my job was to make sure that each piece of clothing hung out to dry was inside out, in their proper section, facing the right direction,   the clothes stops were exactly three fingers apart and finally had a square knot and not a granny.

Don't laugh, this was a very important job back then, fear the for the daily inspection. 

Comment by Wm. E. Gardner on June 6, 2018 at 5:48pm

i was in dec, 1959 very cold. same treatment. wecome aboard

Comment by Philip Tucker on June 5, 2018 at 6:40pm

When I borded a train from Carbondale,Il to take me to Gt Lakes it was wintertime...Not really cold but not really warm either...While we were on the train a gentleman offered to buy us dinner...However that was already included in our ticket.Around midnightish we arrived at one in the group had any BLUES CLUES as to where we were to go to get to the base..Fortunately  2 Chicago Police Officers directed us to a platform and when we got there there were 2 Shore Patrols that directed us to the last train head in the direction of thte base.We got aboard and the engineer said he would let us off at a specific platform.When we got to the platform there were 2 more Shore Patrols and they gave us directions to Camp Barry..When we got to the gate at Camp Barry the gate was run by recuits so we were submitted to doing pushups in @ 6'' of ice cold water.Finally a Base Security vehicle pulled up and showed us the way to get to the barracks...all this was going on around 2-3 AM...Finally a 3rd Class PO showed us which barracks we were to go to.We get inside...there were more recuits it's @ 4 am and we were cold n sleepy.Were taken to a room that had bunks ALL over the issued blankets...I slid under my blanket and as soon as I shut my eyes the lights  came on everybody was yelling...we were lined up and taken to a Mess Hall...started eating and in like 10 minutes were marched...lets make that pushed out front...then we were taken to a dispencery stripped butt necked and told to get in the line..@ 3 hrs later we got our clothes back on...were marched back to the barracks.Tried to get some sleep but were told we were going to get issued our seabags....stood in line while shoes....uniforms ...skivvies ...socks were latterly thrown at us...couple guys actually got bloody noses or busted lips...then there shots...and finally we got to put on dungarees put our civvies in a box that was mailed to whoever...Parents mostly.Then there was the company formations...x amount went to each different company...and it was endless screaming at us..

Finally we were assigned to a Company Commander....and it didn't get any better...until the end of the 9 weeks.Thats when we were assigned to our next,,,no our 1st duty station...Thrill of Thrills I was assigned to BASE SECURITY or as it was known ADCOM SECURITY...The MAN in charge was BMCMS and gold hash marks up both sleeves I SWEAR.

Comment by Stephen Lindsey on May 17, 2018 at 3:02pm

  Anyone from CO 174  June 1974 - Sept 1974


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