Great Lakes Military Travel Navy

Plan your trip to Navy Boot Camp Graduation (2019)

Navy boot camp graduation is a memorable time for friends, families, and new Sailors. Planning your trip to Great Lakes can be a little overwhelming, but we’ve got all you need to know to have the most memorable trip. Let Sandboxx take the hard work out of planning so you can spend more time counting down the days until you get to see your new Sailor.

Where is Navy Graduation Held

Navy boot camp graduation will take place on base at Recruit Training Command Great Lakes in Illinois. For those that are planning on flying to graduation, you will most likely fly into O’Hare International Airport (ORD). The drive from the airport to RTC Great Lakes is about an hour long.

Navy Boot Camp Graduation Address

11025 W Downey Rd,
North Chicago, IL 60064

Navy Boot Camp Graduation Travel

When looking at hotels to stay at for Navy boot camp, we recommend getting a hotel near the base, and not in Chicago. Graduation will begin early in the morning, being closer to the base will make your trip a lot less stressful.

Our Travel team can help talk to you about all the options for accommodations near RTC Great Lakes and booking your flights.

Navy Boot Camp Graduation Dates 2019

Training GroupsDivisionsGraduation Date
TG-20149, 150, 151, 152, 153, 154, 155, 156, 157, 158, 920Mar-22-2019
TG-21159, 160, 161, 162, 163, 164, 810, 811, 921Mar-29-2019
TG-22165, 166, 167, 168, 169, 170, 922Apr-05-2019
TG-23171, 172, 173, 174, 175, 176, 812, 923Apr-12-2019
TG-24177, 178, 179, 180, 181, 182, 924Apr-19-2019
TG-25183, 184, 185, 186, 187, 188, 189, 190, 925Apr-26-2019
TG-26191, 192, 193, 194, 195, 196, 926May-03-2019

*All graduation dates are subject to change. Great Lakes Recruit Training Command will send out official graduation information to families during training.

Learn more about what to expect at Navy boot camp graduation, or begin planning your trip with Sandboxx Travel.


    1. Hi, Christy! It looks like your recruit would graduate on Jan. 18th. We recommend reaching out to your recruit’s recruiter to verify this information and asking your recruit in a letter. We hope this helps.

      1. If a new recruit is going to boot camp March 25, 2019, when is their graduation date ?

      2. Hi, Kate. Once you have your recruit’s Ship number and Division number we can help you find the graduation date. Thanks for letting us be a part of your military journey.

  1. Hi, your dates seem to be off by a group, I figured I’d let you know :). Everyone who Shipped 11/27-12/04ish have a grad date of 01/25.

  2. When will you have the new graduation dates for February recruits? Thank you! Your site has been a blessing!

  3. My son was sworn in at Ft Gillem on 1/15/19. He is at boot camp in Great Lakes Illinois….what is his graduation date

    1. Hi, Norma. We recommend waiting until your son has his Ship and Division number before we can get you his graduation date. Please email once you have that information for further assistance. Have a great day.

    1. We recommend waiting until you have your recruit’s Ship Number and Division Number. Once you have that information, we can assist you with a graduation date. We hope this helps.

    1. Hi, Deborah. We recommend waiting until you have your Seaman Recruit’s Ship number and Division before you reach out to get the graduation date. Once you have that information we would be happy to help. Thanks for letting us be a part of your military journey.

  4. Just a heads up for those of you looking for the graduation date for recruits with a ship date of January 29, 2019 I just got a letter for a graduation date of March 22, 2019

    1. Hi, Joel. You should find that our during your first week of boot camp while you’re in Reception. You could also contact your recruiter for more detailed assistance as well. Thanks for letting us be a part of your military journey.

    1. Hi, Dane. We recommend waiting until you have your son’s Ship and Division number. We can then assist you with a Graduation Date at that time. Thanks for letting us be a part of your military journey.

  5. My daughter shipped for Navy boot camp on the 25th of Feb 2019. When will her graduation date be? Thank you.

  6. My son will leave for Great Lakes on 29 October 2019. Can anyone tell me when his graduation will take place?

  7. my grandson will be graduating june 7 2019. is there anyway to find out when his flight leaves on june 8, to go to florida for schooling. we read that if we want to give him anything it has to be at the airport.

    1. Hi, Janice. You would need to find out from your Grandson to see if he knows that information. For more detailed information, you can always reach out to his recruiter for assistance. We hope this helps.

  8. My Niece will be attending the graduation of het Fiancé. She heard there is a Sarge Meet and Greet for the families. Where do you go about finding the information as to where/when this would be? She would really love to meet other families. Thank you for any help you can give.

  9. do you know when the kids have to be back on base, Friday night( day of graduation june 7 2019) my grandson will be leaving the next day for schooling. thank you

    1. If your Sailor flies out to “A” School or training, s/he will have Liberty from about 10:30 am when Liberty is called following graduation until sometime in the evening (usually around 8 to 9 pm, but it could be earlier–s/he will know the time) and s/he will need to be back about a half hour before Liberty expires to be certain to get back to the ship on time. Remember that many Sailors will be returning and you must drop them off at Recruit training Command, so you should allow extra time for long lines….

    1. Hi, Sandra. Once your recruit has his Ship and Division number we would be better able to assist you. Please reach back out to us at that time. Thanks for letting us be a part of your military journey.

  10. My son’s graduation date is not posted here but is planned for June 21st his division is 228 from great lakes, how do I know for sure if this is in fact the correct date or If it changed??

    1. Hi Claira:
      Here is the typical graduation schedule at Great Lakes:


      6:30 am: RTC (Recruit Training Command) 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.
      9:20 am: Divisions arrive.
      10:30 am: Pass-In-Review concludes.

  11. If my recruit is graduating over a holiday (fourth of july weekend) what does that mean for shipping out to the A-school? Will the recruits get extra time and if so will there be liberty on the holiday? TIA!

    1. Hi, Amanda. We recommend learning more from your recruit or contacting their recruiter for more information. Sorry we couldn’t be of more assistance for you. Thanks for letting us be a part of your military journey.

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