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

Ship DateGraduation Date
Dec-20-2018 Feb-8-2019
Dec-21-2018 Feb-8-2019
Dec-26-2018 Feb-8-2019
Dec-27-2018 Feb-8-2019
Dec-28-2018 Feb-8-2019
Jan-14-2019 Mar-1-2019

*All graduation dates are correct at the time of writing. We always advise checking with your recruit and when booking, that you have refundable options. 

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. 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

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