Great Lakes Naval Graduations


Please contact our hotel for the latest Boot Camp Naval Rates at 847.689.1520

The Recruit Training Command at Great Lakes, IL, 60088 is one mile away from Great Lakes Motel at Camp Porter Gate making Great Lakes Motel the closest Great Lakes Boot Camp Graduation hotel.

The Graduation Ceremony Begins at 8:45am which is usually over by 11:00am. If you are unsure about your recruit’s pass-in-review ceremony, call RTC Public Affairs at 847-689-2405 for confirmation, or e-mail RTC Public Affairs at

The Great Lakes Naval Training Station was founded in 1911 and has more than 1,100 buildings on about 1,600 acres of land. It also features the Recruit Training Command (RTC), which graduates recruits every week. To find out more, contact the Training Command at (847) 688-2405, or visit their website at

The Great Lakes base also includes the Naval Education and Training Command, Naval Hospital and other resources. It’s located at 2205 Depot Drive in Great Lakes, Illinois 60088. Great Lakes Motel is only 1 mile from both Great Lakes Naval Training Center buildings.

Guests attending the boot camp graduation or just visiting the Great Lakes Naval Base can also experience all the attractions in and around Lake County, Illinois, including , Six Flags Great America, Gurnee Mills and more. Lake Michigan offers swimming, boating and other water activities throughout the summer, as well as ice fishing, skating and more in the winter months.

When coming to U.S. Great Lakes Naval Base in Great Lakes, IL, enjoy the convenience and comfort at Great Lakes Motel a Great Lakes Naval Base Boot Camp Graduation Hotels. Book your stay at Great Lakes Motel when in the Great Lakes region by calling 847.689.1520.

Great Lakes Naval Base Graduation Information:

It can take 30+ minutes to park, get through Great Lakes Naval Base security, and walk to the boot camp graduation drill hall by 8:45 a.m.

  • 6:30 a.m.    RTC boot camp Gates open to visitors. Security screening begins.
  • 7:00 a.m.    Visitors begin walking to drill hall.
  • 8:45 a.m.    Guests should be in seats.
  • 9:00 a.m.    Recruit graduation commences.
  • 9:20 a.m.    Divisions arrive at drill hall.
  • 9:45 a.m.    Arrival honors.
  • 10:30 a.m. Ceremony concludes.
  • 10:35 a.m. Liberty Call. Recruits meet with guests at drill hall. Recruits and guests transit back to parking area.
  • 8:00-9:00 p.m. Liberty expires for recruits.

Please drop your recruit at the Great Lakes Base early enough for them to walk back to their ship. Great Lakes Motel is only 1 mile from the Great Lakes Naval Training Center, which gives you more time with  your proud son or daughter.

Some divisions may depart Recruit Training Command (RTC) a few hours after graduation (Grad and Go). Some divisions may depart RTC the day after graduation. Please discuss liberty with your recruit during their phone calls home. Be sure to ask when they are departing boot camp for their next school. Continue to write your recruit and stay informed. Recruit Training Command Public Affairs does not have your recruit’s schedule. Only your recruit and his/her supervisor know their specific liberty schedule.

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