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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

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Latest Activity: May 21

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Comment by David De Rooy on July 30, 2018 at 11:45am

I was in boot camp in 1968 in San Diego. We had no washroom or drying room. We did our wash on the concrete wash tables in the courtyard behind the barracks. Then even though it was November we dried our laundry on the clothesline. In southern California you can dry outside, even in "winter"

Comment by Philip Tucker on July 30, 2018 at 8:09am

Even tho I am currently ?? years old I DO NOT remember ANYONE ME INCLUDED doing anything even close to a clothesline watch..Not saying it wasn't done at all.The way I remember  washing uniforms was in the laundry room usually on the ground floor.Drying was done by the furnace in the laundry room.If it was summertime or spring time we would hang stuff in the center area had clothes line.If the weather was really bad there was a dryer room usually on the bottom floor and you had to get your stuff in there usually before hitting the rack at taps.

Comment by Philip Tucker on July 29, 2018 at 7:24pm

Looking for my Company Commander CPO SENIOR John Poissant Company 121 1962

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. 


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