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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
Latest Activity: May 21

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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

Comment by michael kerkes on April 22, 2018 at 1:48pm
Co 257 june-sept 1962 cc Charles Farley TM 1 the sixties were real Navy clothes stops and leggings
Comment by Emmet Molloy on April 22, 2018 at 1:42pm

Thanks, yes I was 20 when I arrived there from Pennsylvania. I flew to O’hare airport Chicago from Pa. and then a bus to the center, as I recall. It has been a long time. If I remember correctly we arrived there about midnight and then they woke us up about 5:00 am for breakfast. I definitely was not ever a fan of breakfast, especially all that heavy food. But I learned to eat it and later became a commissaryman and got up at 4:00 am to start breakfast myself. I never liked coffee either until I got up at that hour and had to start the coffee in the big stainless containers. Then I learned to like that too. I was glad when my company commander told the company that we were getting out of boot camp early due to so many new recruits coming in with the build-up of the Vietnam War. 

Comment by John Houghtaling on April 22, 2018 at 12:29pm

Hey Emmet we were shipmates at RTC Great Lakes, I believe  I was in company 246 and I remember having happy birthday sung to me while I was scrubbing my uniform, scrub brush in hand dipping into the bucket of soapy water.  August 22, 1965, I just turned 21 years old.

I graduated the following week.

You were coming and I was going.     

Comment by Emmet Molloy on April 22, 2018 at 7:52am

Company 426, August 26, 1965 to October, orders to leave early for new duty station due to too many recruits being trained with war heating up in Vietnam. 

Comment by Wm. E. Gardner on January 20, 2018 at 10:08am

I  was there in 1959  comp.588  welcome aboard

Comment by Thomas S Nash on January 20, 2018 at 7:41am

Company 057 (Color Company), March-May 1978.

Comment by Richard Allen Miller on December 6, 2017 at 4:02am

Co.171 Great Lakes,Ill also Drill team 1958

went on to USS Saratoga CVA-60 1958-1962 then USS John Willis DE-1027 1962-1963


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