NAVSTA Great Lakes - RTC Graduation

Graduation Ceremony

Graduation Ceremony Guest Attendance SusupensionThe U.S. Navy has suspended all Recruit Training Command formal, large-scale graduation ceremonies until further notice as part of its proactive approach to protect our mission and limit the potential spread of COVID-19.

Recruits will continue to graduate and participate in a smaller-scale ceremony, which will be videotaped and posted each FRIDAY on the Recruit Training Command Facebook page at as well as the YouTube channel for RTC Public Affairs. This virtual graduation will remain posted on Facebook and YouTube indefinitely for subsequent viewing.

This decision was made after considering recommendations from the CDC and medical professionals to support the well-being of our students and staff, and to maintain our mission essential function of providing basically trained Sailors to the fleet.
We will continue to monitor the situation and will resume graduations with guest attendance as soon as it is safe to do so.

If you should need further information, go to the Recruit Training Command Website:

Recruit Division Apparel

A great way to show support for your recruit while they complete their mission at the Navy's only boot camp - wear their division apparel!

Apparel artwork is unique and is hand-drawn by recruits in their division. It is created as a symbol for the flag that the division proudly carries during their eight weeks at the Recruit Training Command. This artwork has been digitally enhanced and is now available for a keepsake/souvenir to wear with pride. Division apparel items include short sleeve T-shirts, long sleeve T-shirts and hoodie sweatshirts that range in size from small to 3X. Items available on this web store are organized by year and division number.

A portion of sales goes back to support your graduate’s recreation fund through the Morale, Welfare & Recreation Department at the Naval Station Great Lakes.

Division apparel will be up for 6 months from your graduates PIR date.
To order Division Apparel, go to

Email your questions or concerns to
Please write RTC Apparel in the subject line.

RTC Rewards and Regcognition Guide

Download our App

Fast, convenient, graduation information including a GPS link!
Available in iTunes and the Google Play Store - search Navy MWR Great Lakes.