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In light of observed changes and impact of the Coronavirus Delta Variant and out of an abundance of caution for our recruits, Sailors, staff, and guests, Recruit Training Command is restricting Pass-in-Review (recruit graduation) to ONLY fully immunized guests (14-days post final COVID vaccination dose).  


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Can anyone tell me about how the weather is in March at Great Lakes?

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Thank you so much SueDPAO. I was afraid of that. Lol I don't see how yall stand all the cold. Trying to figure what to pack.


I grew up in the area and remember that it always seemed to snow on my sister's birthday, March 12th!

Thank you SueDPAO for the weather info. This year in Pennsylvania we are also shaking our fists at the sky was 4 degree this morning. Will be ready for Chicago cold.

Hi, my sons graduation will be March 20th I was also wondering about what things to do when he's in liberty.  Considering is going to be very cold.  I wanted to take him to the Navy Pier.  Will that be a good choice even if its snowed?

You can google "weather" and find sites that give you weekly/daily reports, projection. You can even do that on your smartphone.

Thank you BunkerQB

Not sure where you are coming from but Great Lakes in March is "shaky" at best!!  Having lived in Michigan all my life, I would say you should plan on "Winter-Like" weather.  Usually very windy off of Lake Michigan.

I'm coming from Mississippi Granny J. Thanks so much

The groundhog saw his shadow. Six more weeks of winter

Yea as always lol. I hate winter

Cold. Very Cold. I grew up in Cleveland Ohio, so I'm used to cold winters. The worst part about Great Lakes is the wind. It will cut right through you. It was in the teens for my husbands graduation. A good winter coat, hat, gloves, and maybe a pair of tights or leggings under your pants depending on the wind chill and you'll be fine, even if you're used to warm weather. 


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