Poolees study Marine Corps knowledge at The Citadel, a public military college temporarily utilized to stage poolees for a 14-day observation period in Charleston, S.C. on May 6, 2020. US Marine Corps Photo
The Navy and Marine Corps basic training commands are unsure if they’ll have enough money to finish out the fiscal year, due to costs incurred from COVID-19 prevention measures they’ve implemented – but they’re going to keep doing what they’re doing because it’s allowed training to progress without the coronavirus having much of an effect, officials say. Read More
Hospitalman Recruit Yavir Berrios-Santiago, assigned to Captain James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center, collects a nasal swab from a Naval Station Great Lakes Recruit Training Command employee during drive-through COVID-19 screening at Lovell FHCC in North Chicago, Ill., on June 5, 2020. Recruit division commanders (RDCs) and other RTC staff are tested regularly to help control the spread of COVID-19 in the recruit population. FHCC offers drive-through testing to make the process as easy as possible for its RTC patient population. US Navy photo.
The Navy is in talks with the National Guard to rent space to quarantine recruits before they attend basic training, according to service officials. Read More
Recruits march in formation at Recruit Training Command. More than 35,000 recruits train annually at the Navy’s only boot camp. (U.S. Navy photo by Seaman Jennifer Newsome)
The Navy is extending indefinitely its practice of isolating all 750 recruits arriving weekly for boot camp at Naval Station Great Lakes for two weeks at off-base hotels and a closed water park.
The Navy’s newest Sailors congratulate each other with elbow-bumps to minimize contact after a capping ceremony, marking their transition from recruit to Sailor, at Recruit Training Command. The Sailors recently completed “Battle Stations,” the crucible event that recruits must pass prior to graduation, testing their knowledge and skills in basic seamanship, watchstanding, damage control, firefighting and emergency response procedures. More than 35,000 recruits train annually at the Navy’s only boot camp. US Navy Photo
The Navy is confident its COVID-19 mitigation efforts are working well enough to increase the number of recruits arriving at boot camp to 750 per week.
A recruit chief petty officer gives commands to his division as they prepare to march in formation at Recruit Training Command on May 8, 2020. US Navy Photo
The Navy is paying a dry waterpark outside Chicago $1.1 million to quarantine all new enlisted recruits to prevent a COVID-19 outbreak at the service’s sole boot camp.
Acting Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV) James McPherson, right, Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Mike M. Gilday and Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy Russell Smith are briefed by Recruit Training Command (RTC) staff members at Freedom Hall on May 7, 2020. US Navy Photo
The Navy’s top officer will be in quarantine this week after coming into contact with a member of his family who had tested positive for COVID-19, the Pentagon announced late on Sunday. Read More
SEAL candidates participate in “surf immersion” during Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL (BUD/S) training at Naval Special Warfare (NSW) Center in Coronado, Calif., May 4, 2020. NSW Center restarted paused portions of its SEAL and Special Warfare Combatant-craft Crewman (SWCC) selection-and-assessment training following careful planning that included implementing COVID-19 mitigation efforts based on CDC recommendations and Department of Defense medical guidance. The health, safety and well-being of students remains NSW Center’s top priority. US Navy photo.
Naval Special Warfare Center is resuming its training of SEAL and special warfare combatant-craft crewmen (SWCC) candidates this week after taking a pause in March to ensure it could keep the coronavirus away from young recruits already putting their bodies through punishingly tough physical training courses. Read More
New recruits with India Company, 3rd Recruit training Battalion, are issued gear after arriving at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego, Calif., April 27, 2020. US Marine Corps Photo
SAN DIEGO — Marine Corps officials found an outbreak of the COVID-19 virus among recruits who arrived a month ago at Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego, service officials confirmed to USNI News. Read More
Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON) Russell Smith speaks with U.S. Naval War College sailors on Jan. 16, 2020. US Navy Photo
The Navy’s top enlisted sailor is confident that the measures the service is taking now to keep the training pipeline moving will help smooth the flow of personnel in the coming months, when the Navy can resume its movement of sailors across the force. Read More
MILLINGTON, Tenn. (March 13, 2020) Lt. Rob Slye reviews available jobs in the Personalized Recruiting for Immediate and Delayed Enlistment (PRIDE) office. Navy photo
Naval operations might be slowed because of the Department of Defense’s work trying to stop the spread of COVID-19, but the service’s need for new sailors hasn’t abated. Read More