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 Wednesday 1:00 PM to 6:00 PM, Thursday 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM, and Friday 5:30 AM to 8:00 AM. 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 Wednesday 1:00 PM to 6:00 PM, Thursday 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM, and Friday 5:30 AM to 8:00 AM. 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 or email your questions to: email@example.com
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 (Bldg. 440, the Fieldhouse). 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. This care package is filled with commemorative items that will follow your recruit to their next command and will help them enjoy their weekend liberty which is well deserved! For a full list of care package contents, please ask when calling to place your order. The order deadline is noon two days prior to your recruits graduation.
Only $19.99 (Visa, Mastercard & American Express accepted)
Call and order yours today 1-847-688-3593. Anytime Monday-Friday, 9am-4pm, central time.
We experience a high call volume during lunchtime (approximately 11am-1pm.) If you do not get a hold of someone, please leave a message!
Money Orders Accepted: Must be received no later than 48 hours prior to graduation. Please enclose recruit's name, graduation date,
division number, ship number and a personal message.
Morale, Welfare & Recreation
Care Package Order
2601A Paul Jones St.
Great Lakes, IL 60088
Email your questions or concerns to firstname.lastname@example.org
Please write RTC Care Package in the subject line.
Order Past Divisional T-shirts and other Custom Souvenirs, please go to www.aomwr.com
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 services that will be enjoyed at future duty stations. This Center is fully equipped with a projection screen television with surround-sound showing movies daily, a computer room with internet access, a large game room with pool tables, electronic video games, a commons area to socialize and Zapper's Snack Bar. If you are unable to purchase a custom Divisional T-Shirt, stop by the RTC Rec Center after graduation and throughout the weekend to purchase shirts or fill out order forms. Also, tickets available for sale include: Six Flags Great America (seasonal), Skydeck at Willis Tower, Chicago Trolley Tours and Metra Train.
RTC Recreation Center Hours of Operation:
Sun & Holidays: 8am-8pm