RTC Great Lakes

Week 3 brings a shift in focus for your recruits. Expect more classroom learning alongside hands-on activities. Topics will cover Navy history, customs and courtesies, the laws of armed conflict, and shipboard communication. These lessons won’t be all theory—practical exercises will follow to solidify what your recruits are learning.

To ensure you stay informed with the latest resources from Great Lakes, visit the Graduation Access Information Page. This includes guidance on printing and returning the graduation access form, and a link to the Navy’s Great Lakes Area Morale Welfare & Recreation (MWR) Page.

USS Marlinspike: Ship Comes to Life

A major highlight of Week 3 is training aboard the USS Marlinspike, a simulated warship. Here, recruits face demanding mental and physical challenges in scenarios mirroring real-life situations at sea. They’ll tackle tasks like handling lines and mastering knots —all crucial for operating a Navy vessel. 

Becoming a Navy Sailor

USS Marlinspike training is a crucible that builds teamwork and mutual reliance. Recruits learn to work together effectively as they handle lines, tie knots, communicate on deck, and navigate the ship. Mastering proper boarding and disembarking procedures is also emphasized. This shared experience fosters camaraderie and a sense of accomplishment, as each recruit’s contribution becomes vital to the team’s success. USS Marlinspike training fosters excitement and camaraderie as recruits learn to work together and value each other’s contributions.

U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication 2nd Class Stuart Posada

In your letters to recruits this week, consider inquiring about their experiences with USS Marlinspike training and wishing them luck on their upcoming Physical Training test. Recognize that recruits may be feeling the distance from their previous lives and consider including The Dispatch, a weekly newsletter that keeps recruits connected to life beyond basic training. That’s a brief look at your recruit’s intense but rewarding journey. Let’s keep supporting them every step of the way!

Stay tuned for more insights into Week Four and beyond. 


MCPO Don Garcia, USN (Ret)