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Navy Boot Camp Graduation Dates For 2020

Navy Boot Camp Graduation marks the end of a young sailors training and gets them ready to serve their country in any waters.

This ceremony is a celebration of their impressive achievements and is something that every sailor’s friends and family should make their best effort to attend.

While the logistics of these events can be heard to understand for even the most experienced planners, we want to make sure you are able to get there and celebrate with your newly graduated sailor.

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Navy Boot Camp Graduation Dates 2020

The ceremonies where the Navy boot camp graduation takes place are at Recruit Training Command Great Lakes in Illinois.

The dates of graduation that have been currently released for Recruit Training Command Great Lakes include:

Graduation DateTraining GroupDivision
January 3, 2020(No Graduation)N/A
January 10, 2020TG-7027, 028, 029, 030, 031, 032, 033, 034, 906, 907
January 17, 2020TG-8035, 036, 037, 038, 039, 040, 041, 042, 803, 908
January 24, 2020TG-9043, 044, 045, 046, 047, 048, 049, 050, 051, 052, 053, 054, 055, 056, 909
January 31, 2020TG-10057, 058, 059, 060, 061, 062, 063, 064, 065, 066, 067, 068, 069, 070, 910
February 7, 2020TG-11071, 072, 073, 074, 075, 076, 077, 078, 079, 080, 804, 805, 806, 911
February 14, 2020TG-12081, 082, 083, 084, 085, 086, 087, 088, 089, 090, 091, 092, 093, 094, 912, 913
February 21, 2020(No Graduation)-
February 28, 2020(No Graduation)-
March 6, 2020TG-15095, 096, 097, 098, 099, 100, 101, 102, 103, 104, 105, 106, 807, 914, 915
March 13, 2020TG-16107, 108, 109, 110, 111, 112, 113, 114, 916
March 20, 2020TG-17115, 116, 117, 118, 119, 120, 121, 122, 123, 124, 125, 126, 917
March 27, 2020TG-18127, 128, 129, 130, 131, 132, 133, 134, 135, 136, 918
April 3, 2020TG-19137, 138, 139, 140, 141, 142, 808, 809, 810, 919
April 10, 2020TG-20143, 144, 145, 146, 147, 148, 149, 150, 920
April 17, 2020TG-21151, 152, 153, 154, 155, 156, 157, 158, 921
April 24, 2020TG-22159, 160, 161, 162, 163, 164, 165, 166, 811, 922
May 1, 2020TG-23167, 168, 169, 170, 171, 172, 173, 174, 923
May 8, 2020TG-24175, 176, 177, 178, 179, 180, 181, 182, 183, 184, 924
May 15, 2020TG-25185, 186, 187, 188, 189, 190, 925
May 22, 2020TG-26– CANCELLED –
May 29, 2020TG-27– CANCELLED –
June 5, 2020TG-28191, 192, 193, 194, 195, 196, 197
June 12, 2020TG-28*185, 186, 192, 194, 196
June 19, 2020TG-32199, 200, 201, 202, 203, 204
June 26, 2020TG-33205, 206, 207, 208, 209, 210
July 2, 2020TG-34211, 212, 213, 214, 215, 216, 217
July 10, 2020TG-35219, 220, 221, 222, 223, 224, 225, 226
July 17, 2020TG-36227, 228, 229, 230, 231, 232, 233, 234, 235, 236, 237, 238
July 24, 2020TG-37239, 240, 241, 242, 243, 244, 245, 246, 812, 813, 814, 815
July 31, 2020TG-38247, 248, 249, 250, 251, 252, 253, 254, 255, 256, 816, 817
August 6, 2020TG-39257, 258, 259, 260, 261, 262, 263, 264, 265, 266, 267, 268
August 13, 2020TG-40269, 270, 271, 272, 273, 274, 275, 276, 277, 278, 279, 280
August 20, 2020TG-41281, 282, 283, 284, 285, 286, 287, 288, 289, 290, 291, 292
August 27, 2020TG-42293, 294, 295, 296, 297, 298, 299, 300, 301, 302, 303, 304
September 3, 2020TG-43305, 306, 307, 308, 309, 310, 311, 312, 313, 314, 315, 316, 317, 318
September 10, 2020TG-44319, 320, 321, 322, 323, 324, 325, 326, 327, 328, 329, 330, 331, 332, 818, 819
September 17, 2020TG-45333, 334, 335, 336, 337, 338, 340, 341, 342, 343, 344, 820, 821, 822
September 24, 2020TG-46345, 346, 347, 348, 349, 350, 351, 352, 353, 354, 355, 356, 357, 358, 823
October 1, 2020TG-47359, 360, 361, 362, 363, 364, 365, 366, 367, 368, 369, 370, 371, 372
October 8, 2020TG-48373, 374, 375, 376, 377, 378, 379, 380, 381, 382, 383, 384, 385, 386
October 15, 2020TG-49388, 389, 390 ,391, 392, 393, 394, 395, 396, 397, 398, 399, 400, 824

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

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Now that we know when your sailor is graduating, there are many more questions that you likely need answered to before making your travel plans.

We have found and answered the most frequently asked questions so you know what to expect from your sailor’s graduation day.

Where is Navy Boot Camp Graduation?

The graduation ceremony for Navy boot camp is at Great Lakes Navy Recruit Training Command.

This base is located in Illinois and is going to be around 45 minutes outside of Chicago.

Families looking to get to the base from farther away have the option to fly into O’Hare International Airport where you will be around 30 minutes from the base.

No matter how you pan on getting to the base, you will want to account for the heavy traffic of  Chicago as well as the heavier than normal traffic that will come from the graduation day.

Haw has Covid-19 affected boot camp graduation?

The spread of Covi-19 has actually had quite a drastic impact on the graduation schedule and process for this year’s graduates from the Navy base.

Depending on the graduation date of your sailor, there could have been changes made to their graduation date that will impact travel plans.

If you want to make sure you have the most accurate date, you will want to check in with your sailor to make sure that there have not been changes made recently.

There has also been a greater emphasis put on the virtual graduation option so that every base can limit the risk for those attending graduation ceremonies and for the sailors.

Once again, it is best to check in with your sailor to see if there have been changed to the graduation date or if the base has established new guidelines to battle Covid-19 spread

You will likely be permitted to wear a mask on the base once the proper identification has been assigned to you and you are seated in the right area.

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How do I get onto the base at Great lakes?

The address for the graduation ceremony is as follows:

11025 W Downey Rd, North Chicago, IL 60064

You will need to go through a security checkpoint to enter the base and you will be given an identification form for your time at the base.

It is a good idea to make sure you plan your trip ahead of time so you know where you need to go and how to get there.

It is more than likely that there will be heavier traffic due to the large amount of family members also trying to get to the base.

Give yourself ample time to get there as traffic conditions may change and the ceremonies begin promptly on time.

Navy Boot Camp Graduation Dress Code?

There is no strict dress code in place for graduation ceremonies at the Navy base.

Despite this, your sailor will be wearing their dress uniform as that is the standard attire for events such as graduation.

It is nice to wear something that shows respect for the hard work and dedication that your sailor put into completing their rigorous training.

Many friends and families have a tradition of getting custom shirts with the name of their sailor on them.

How many can attend Navy boot camp graduation?

With the outbreak of Covid-19, every graduation ceremony may have limits to how many people can come and watch from each family.

Unless stated otherwise, there are no limits to how many people can come and view the graduation.

Graduation Schedule

  • 6:30 am: RTC gate opens to guests
  • 7:00 am: Ceremonial drill hall doors open to guests
  • 8:45 am: All guests must be seated.

(Ceremonial drill hall doors close; no further entry for guests)

  • 9:00 am: Pass-In-Review commences
  • 9:00 am: Divisions arrive
  • 10:30 am: Pass-In-Review concludes

Where can I watch a live stream of the graduation?

Depending on your region, you should be able to access the live stream of your sailor’s graduation with a link that is provided by the base.

Check in with your sailor before the graduation date to see what options will be in place for live-streaming the event from home.

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Conclusion

The graduation ceremony for a new Navy recruit is going to be one of the most exciting and memorable times for the whole family throughout their service.

Once you take the time to iron out the logistics of when and where you are going, the entire event is something that will be cherished for years.

Make sure you are taking the time to enjoy your sailor’s achievements and wish them the best going forward.

References

https://www.bootcamp.navy.mil/

https://www.bootcamp.navy.mil/what_to_expect.html

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