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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: 266
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Comment by Richard Allen Miller on April 9, 2019 at 3:07pm

Looking for anyone 1958 Co 171 or drill team

Comment by Robert Gregory Baker on April 9, 2019 at 12:47pm

anyone here from Company 038 1980 ? ..I'm looking for Shipmates 

Comment by Howard N King on January 27, 2019 at 7:04pm

Anyone from CO-457   20 Nov -57 thru 1 Feb 58? CC was BTC Mettler. Would be nice to hear from someone.

Comment by Wm. E. Gardner on January 26, 2019 at 2:22pm

old timer here at the lakes in 59. welcome aboard.

Comment by Wm. E. Gardner on January 26, 2019 at 2:20pm


Comment by Jeffrey kondracki on January 26, 2019 at 11:09am

Hello all, looking for any of the guys who went to RTC Great lakes in feburayy

of 1977

Comment by peter joseph bono on January 25, 2019 at 3:43pm

i went to bootcamp at greatlakes on 07 jan 1970 till april 5 1970 i failed my swimming test i was asmoews and i spent three days in the mickey house club learning to sew buttons on my pants and shirts, great time i had working with real a*******. but i graduated and continued my naval career.

Comment by David De Rooy on August 2, 2018 at 11:03am

Those are some great "found" memories. I'm still looking for a lot of mine. Lately I've been writing them down in a book as I recall them. When I'm finished I am going to call it "the book of David the Navy years" I think my friends and family will enjoy reading it

Comment by Philip Tucker on August 2, 2018 at 5:58am

Some things I have "found"memories of..

The weather at Gt Lakes in the winter will make one think they are at the North Pole...

In the early 60's recuits were 1 step away from being POS...

Yes I could do 50 pushups although AFTER doing them I couldn't get up off the floor...

Stood a few Dempsi Dumpster watches...and in the wintertime they were from INSIDE the dumpster.

After basic and being assigned to ADCOM SECURITY one learns how to stay warm and NOT burn the guard shack down

If you can't handle anything stronger than BEER then DO NOT drink anything else.

Moving along here...When I got orders to VAH 6 @ NAS WHIDBEY I screwed up and l couldn't get to the squadron I had orders I caught a ride from one of the squadrons on the other side of the base...flew from NAS Sandpoint(IIRC) to NAS WHIDBEY...and upon walking to the squadron hanger I learned I was being sent to the SEAPLANE BASE on the other side.After mess cooking for 90 days I was sent back to the NAS WHIDBEY and assigned to MAINTAINCE CONTROL

Comment by John Houghtaling on July 31, 2018 at 12:43am

Hi again Philip,

I went through Great Lakes in the summer of 1965, in our company we had petty officers responsible for every little detail; one man was responsible to make sure that only two toilets we used in the morning (because if the inside wall of the commode was wet, that could be a hit) he was also responsible to make sure that everyone's first morning urination was in garbage barrels, we were told that they were collecting these barrels for medical drug reasons.

Another man was assigned to make sure that all the sheets and pillow cases were right side up.     

There were many strange assignments to be observed, the average recruit didn't know of the many details that were check listed before each mornings barracks inspection,  its easy to forget all these little things but to us that were assigned to these jobs, we will never forget them.      

To show you how hard it was to get a good score; once we were so perfect that we got a hit for unseen dirt !

Thus my job was as described earlier and what would drive me crazy was I would have perfect drying lines, then as the last man went out the door, I would give a last look and behold sometimes  a couple of gaps were there where a man might go and remove garments at the very last minute making me rush to correct all the deficiencies.     


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