What U.S. Navy recruits experience in a 10-week boot camp


I looked inside the US Navy’s 10-week basic training program. Chief Video Correspondent Graham Flanagan spent five days on the Great Lakes of Recruit Training Command, observing different companies at different stages of training at a facility about 35 miles north of Chicago. New employees are required to pass physical examination and swimming qualifications before conducting ship maneuvering, firefighting and weapons training. They are also exposed to tear gas in a room of self-confidence to learn to wear gas masks properly. Training culminates in an overnight event, “Battle Station,” on a simulated Navy destroyer designed by the company that created the Walt Disney World theme park attractions. After completing the event, recruits will officially become sailors upon receiving a US Navy ball cap.