Attending Recruit Graduation
The recruit graduation ceremony is a ticketed event. Tickets will be issued to those on the authorized access list at the Recruit Family Welcome Center, located at the Navy Exchange at 2630 Green Bay Rd, North Chicago, IL 60088 (GPS link above). The Recruit Family Welcome Center is open Thursday 10:00am to 7:30pm, and Friday 5:30am to 8:30am. Information will be provided with your tickets on entry to the base and Graduation ceremony.
Travel Arrangements to Attend Graduation
MWR has put together the Friends and Family Travel guide to help make your visit to Great Lakes memorable! (see link on the right) MWR has negotiated discounted pricing for local hotel accommodations, to reserve a room please contact the hotels directly and reference the Navy Graduation to receive available discounts. Make your travel plans early to ensure availability and discount pricing. For assistance with airfare and car rental reservations, please contact our leisure partner, Sato Vacations by calling 1-866-789-2586.
Early in training, your recruit sent a letter, which contains important information about attending the graduation ceremony. Please follow the instruction you received in the letter and fill out/return the security forms to your recruit so your names are placed on our access list. The recruit graduation ceremony is a ticketed event. Tickets will be issued to those on the access list at the Recruit Family Welcome Center, located at the Navy Exchange. The Recruit Family Welcome Center is open Thursday 10:00am to 7:30pm, and Friday 5:30am to 8:30am. If you should need further information, click on the following Recruit Training Command-Boot Camp link: http://www.bootcamp.navy.mil
For inquiries about local attactions and things to do in the area, you may contact the MWR Community Recreation Tickets & Travel office at 1-847-688-3537.
Lodging on Base
If you are active duty, Department of Defense civilian or retiree and have base access, the Navy Getaway's RV Campground borders beautiful Lake Michigan, this year-round camping facility, has 20 concrete sites with electrical hook-ups, restrooms and nearby access to shower facilities. Upon arriving, campers must register at the Navy Gateway Inns & Suites. To make a reservation please call 847-688-6675.
Can't Make it to Graduation?
A Recruit Care Package is a great way to say “Congratulations” to your recruit upon completion of the Navy’s only boot camp and Pass-In-Review. The care package is filled with commemorative items that will follow your recruit to their next command and is only $19.99 with no other fees and charges. (Visa, MasterCard, American Express & Discover are accepted) For a full list of care package contents, please visit us on-line at webstore.mwrgl.com or call 847-688-3593. The order deadline is the Friday before your recruit’s graduation date.
Email your questions or concerns to firstname.lastname@example.org
Please write RTC Care Package in the subject line.
Division apparel will be up for 6 months from your graduates PIR date.
To order past Division Apparel, please Click Here
RTC Recreation Center
RTC Recreation Center located in Bldg. 1326 (next to the NEX) on the Recruit Training Command provides recreational opportunities for newly graduated recruits and visiting families. The RTC Recreation Center is an introduction to MWR (Morale, Welfare & Recreation) services that will be enjoyed by your Sailor at future duty stations. This Center is fully equipped with free WIFI, computers with internet access, a large game room with free pool tables, electronic video games, a commons area to socialize and a Zapper's Snack Bar. Please stop by to enjoy our services!
RTC Recreation Center Hours of Operation:
2630 Green Bay Rd
North Chicago, IL 60088
You can download the current Friends and Family Brochure in downloads on the right.