Navy Recruit Graduation to be Broadcast Live

Story Number: NNS130627-10Release Date: 6/27/2013 3:38:00 PM
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From Naval Service Training Command Public Affairs

GREAT LAKES, Ill. (NNS) -- Recruit Training Command (RTC) will be streaming a live video feed of recruit pass-in-review for the first time at 0845 Central Daylight Time here at Naval Station Great Lakes, June 28.

The stream will be available every graduation day on

When broadcasting, there will be a live events tab right under the banner and you will be able to chat with staff during the graduation. If you cannot watch during graduation, the video will be posted through the weekend.

"Streaming graduation at the Navy's only boot camp is one piece in our continual effort to increase communication throughout our domain," said Rear Adm. Dee Mewbourne, commander, Naval Service Training Command (NSTC). "Almost every week I am able to enter an Navy Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps (NJROTC) or Officer Candidate School (OCS) classroom and talk to students through video chat. These tools allow us to work together, sharing events and ideas throughout our domain."

Broadcasting graduation will allow family and friends presently unable to visit Naval Station Great Lakes to share this occasion with the Fleet's newest Sailors.

"To compliment this we are looking at ways to use virtual technology to aid in military training. As we move forward, we must continually consider the demands and skill sets of the Sailors of 2025. What will they need to continue in our great naval tradition? We must continue to leverage resources and technology to give the future leaders of tomorrow the best possible foundation of success."

RTC is commonly referred to as "boot camp" or "recruit training" and has been in operation at Great Lakes since 1911. Boot camp is approximately eight weeks, and all enlistees into the United States Navy begin their careers at the command. Training includes physical fitness, seamanship, firearms, firefighting and shipboard damage control and lessons in Navy heritage and core values, teamwork and discipline. Since the closure of RTCs in Orlando and San Diego in 1994, RTC Great Lakes is now the Navy's only basic training location, and is known as "The Quarterdeck of the Navy." Today, more than 39,000 recruits graduate annually from RTC and begin their Navy careers. RTC is overseen by Naval Service Training Command and is primarily responsible for conducting the initial orientation and training of new recruits.

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7/10/2013 9:06:00 AM
This Live Stream enables my SR's dad (who is deployed) to watch -- if not the morning of, then over the weekend. Will also use to e-Vite all my friends/family to watch the graduation. Kudos to the Navy from a former Army wife to a Navy "cheerleader" for my son-to-be-sailor. God Bless America

7/1/2013 7:17:00 PM
Thank you for serving our country

6/28/2013 10:37:00 AM
Congratulations to all the Sailors

6/28/2013 1:31:00 AM
Navy will make history tomorrow. This is so exciting! They are so many family members which can not be there but yet they will be, because you will give them that opportunity by broadcasting live! Great call!!! History will be made! Thank you Navy! I am one of your biggest supporters, not only because my daughter is a Sailor, but because of your beauty, strength and greatness! I was there last year and can still hear the sounds and feel the pride! May God bless you all!!! Proud Navy mom!

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