Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Illinois

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Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes (RTC Great Lakes), is a unit within the United States Navy primarily responsible for conducting the initial orientation and indoctrination of incoming recruits.wikipedia
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Naval Station Great Lakes

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It is part of Naval Service Training Command, and is located at Naval Station Great Lakes, Illinois. Recruit Training Command is located at Naval Station Great Lakes in the city of North Chicago, Illinois in Lake County, north of Chicago.
Important tenant commands include the Recruit Training Command, Training Support Center and Navy Recruiting District Chicago.

Naval Service Training Command

It is part of Naval Service Training Command, and is located at Naval Station Great Lakes, Illinois.
This includes all new recruits through Recruit Training Command, the Navy's only enlisted recruit training location and all Officer "Candidates" who are seeking a commission through the Officer Training Command at Naval Station Newport, Rhode Island.

United States Navy

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Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes (RTC Great Lakes), is a unit within the United States Navy primarily responsible for conducting the initial orientation and indoctrination of incoming recruits.
Enlisted sailors complete basic military training at boot camp and then are sent to complete training for their individual careers.

Naval Training Center San Diego

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Since the BRAC-directed closures of Recruit Training Commands in Orlando, Florida in 1994 and San Diego, California in 1993, RTC Great Lakes has been the only enlisted basic training location in the U.S. Navy and has been called "The Quarterdeck of the Navy" since it was first utilized in July 1911.
Since 1994, RTC Great Lakes in Illinois has been the Navy's only basic training facility.

Recruit training

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Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes (RTC Great Lakes), is a unit within the United States Navy primarily responsible for conducting the initial orientation and indoctrination of incoming recruits.

Orlando, Florida

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Since the BRAC-directed closures of Recruit Training Commands in Orlando, Florida in 1994 and San Diego, California in 1993, RTC Great Lakes has been the only enlisted basic training location in the U.S. Navy and has been called "The Quarterdeck of the Navy" since it was first utilized in July 1911.

Enlisted rank

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Running at approximately eight weeks long, all enlistees into the U.S. Navy commence their enlistments at this command.

List of United States Navy ratings

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Upon successful completion of basic training, qualifying sailors are sent to various apprenticeship, or "A schools", located across the United States for training in their occupational speciality, or ratings.

Lake County, Illinois

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Recruit Training Command is located at Naval Station Great Lakes in the city of North Chicago, Illinois in Lake County, north of Chicago.

Chicago

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Recruit Training Command is located at Naval Station Great Lakes in the city of North Chicago, Illinois in Lake County, north of Chicago.

Command hierarchy

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It is a tenant command, meaning that although it is located on the base, it has a separate chain of command.

Spanish–American War

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After the Spanish–American War, the U.S. Navy began investigating 37 sites around Lake Michigan in order to locate a new training center in the Midwest, an area that contributed 43 percent of the Navy’s recruits at the time.

Lake Michigan

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After the Spanish–American War, the U.S. Navy began investigating 37 sites around Lake Michigan in order to locate a new training center in the Midwest, an area that contributed 43 percent of the Navy’s recruits at the time.

Midwestern United States

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After the Spanish–American War, the U.S. Navy began investigating 37 sites around Lake Michigan in order to locate a new training center in the Midwest, an area that contributed 43 percent of the Navy’s recruits at the time.

George Edmund Foss

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Illinois Congressional Representative and chairman of the Committee on Naval Affairs (1900–1911) George Edmund Foss pressed for the decision to locate the center at its present location and was later called "The Father of Great Lakes".

Merchants Club

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It is likely the facility would have been located elsewhere had it not been for the $175,000 contribution of the Merchants Club of Chicago to purchase the land.

William Howard Taft

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President William H. Taft dedicated the station six years later on 28 October 1911.

Racial integration

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Naval Station Great Lakes was at the forefront of the racial integration of the Navy.

Hampton, Virginia

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African-Americans were permitted to enlist for general service in the middle of 1942 receiving training at Great Lakes as well as Hampton, Virginia.

Golden Thirteen

The Navy commissioned its first African-American officers, later known as the "Golden Thirteen", at Great Lakes in February 1944.

Base Realignment and Closure

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Since the BRAC-directed closures of Recruit Training Commands in Orlando, Florida in 1994 and San Diego, California in 1993, RTC Great Lakes has been the only enlisted basic training location in the U.S. Navy and has been called "The Quarterdeck of the Navy" since it was first utilized in July 1911.

USS John F. Kennedy (CV-67)

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Each "ship" was also named after an important ship in naval history, such as USS John F. Kennedy and USS Enterprise.

List of ships of the United States Navy named Enterprise

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Each "ship" was also named after an important ship in naval history, such as USS John F. Kennedy and USS Enterprise. The building is named after the eight USS Enterprises that have borne the name, including the two famous aircraft carriers pictured around the building's quarterdeck.

Arleigh Burke-class destroyer

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A 210 ft Arleigh Burke-class destroyer simulator called USS Trayer (BST-21) was also constructed as part of the recap program also known as Battle Stations 21 (BST 21).

Quarterdeck

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The building is named after the eight USS Enterprises that have borne the name, including the two famous aircraft carriers pictured around the building's quarterdeck.