All Hands Magazine presents,
in a six-part series:

Boot Camp:
Making a Sailor

Join in the story of four recruits as they make their way into the United States Navy through the training pipeline, never before so intimately profiled, of the Navy's Recruit Training Command (RTC) in Great Lakes, Ill. Beginning with their hometowns across the United States, watch the young men and women featured in Making a Sailor walk in the footsteps of millions of Americans before them, stepping off the bus at RTC, beginning their training, learning necessary skills, toughness, and discipline, and moving on towards graduation. Throughout the six 10-minute episodes, witness firsthand what recruits must both endure and accomplished in order to earn the coveted title, "United States Navy Sailor."

Episodes

Boot Camp Episode #1 video

Episode 1
Get on the Bus

Boot Camp Episode #2 video

Episode 2
What Did I Get Myself Into?

Boot Camp Episode #3 video

Episode 3
Processing Days

Boot Camp Episode #4 video

Episode 4
Forming

Boot Camp Episode #5 video

Episode 5
Hands-On Learning

Boot Camp Episode #6 video

Episode 6
I'm a U.S. Navy Sailor



Recruits swimming with life preserve jacket in the pool

Making a Sailor

Recruits jogging in the gym

Making a Sailor

Recruits in line, listening to Recruit Division Commander shouting

Making a Sailor

Recruits lining up as Recruit Division Commander walking next to them

Making a Sailor

Recruits sitting on the ground of sleeping quarters listening

Making a Sailor

Recruits sitting on the ground fo sleeping quarters as drill Sargent walks through

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Recruits standing with backpacks in corridor

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Close up of one Recruit Division Commander

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A recruit performing a exercise task

Making a Sailor

A recruit submerging under water

Making a Sailor

Recruit Division Commander shouting at a recruit

Making a Sailor

A Recruit doing sit ups

Making a Sailor

Recruit listening intensely as Recruit Division Commander yells

Making a Sailor

Recruits doing push ups as Recruit Division Commander walking and watching

Making a Sailor

Recruits standing, lined up on both sides of the corridor as Recruit Division Commander walking through

Making a Sailor

Recruits following Recruit Division Commander in a single file

Making a Sailor

Recruits following Recruit Division Commander in a single file as they enter a room

Making a Sailor

Recruits putting gas mask on

Making a Sailor

Recruits with fire fighting equipments on, learning how to handle the hose

Making a Sailor

Recruits in the auditorium listening to the presenter

Making a Sailor

Recruits shouting, motivating their fellow sailor

Making a Sailor

Uss Chicago Recruit Barracks Sign

Making a Sailor

Recruit Division Commander shouting at a recruit

Making a Sailor

Recruit in the pool learning rescue missions

Making a Sailor

Recruit Division Commander shouting at a recruit 2

Making a Sailor

Recruit Division Commander inspecting recruits as they do push ups

Making a Sailor

Recruits lined up on both sides of the room as Recruit Division Commander walk through in the middle

Making a Sailor

Recruits changing their uniforms

Making a Sailor

Close up of recruits doing push ups

Making a Sailor

Recruit Division Commander hyping up and motivating Recruits to shout

Making a Sailor

Sailors in their sailor white uniform at Boot Camp graduation

Making a Sailor

Recruits listening to Recruit Division Commander explaining

Making a Sailor

Recruits marching with their white uniforms

Making a Sailor

Boot Camp Graduation of Sailors marching in files with flags in the front

Making a Sailor

Recruits in their navy uniforms with caps listening

Making a Sailor

Recruit Division Commander smiling at recruits

Making a Sailor

Recruit Division Commander standing proudly with crossed arms in the corridor

Making a Sailor

Recruit Division Commander standing proudly with crossed arms in the classroom

Making a Sailor