Navy will not allow guest attendance at graduation ceremonies over coronavirus concerns

Posted at 11:09 AM, Mar 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-09 12:09:56-04

The U.S. Navy Recruit Training Command is suspending guest attendance at graduation ceremonies due to the coronavirus.

Beginning 13 March, Navy Recruit Training Command (RTC), the Navy’s boot camp, will suspend guest attendance at graduation ceremonies to prevent any potential spread of COVID 19 to either Sailors or Navy families.

Graduations will continue and will be live-streamed on Navy online platforms, the Navy Training Command said in a Facebook post.

"Commander, Naval Service training command, which oversees RTC, will continue to monitor the situation and consult with medical experts to decide when it is appropriate to resume guest attendance at graduation ceremonies. There are currently no confirmed cases of COVID-19 among recruits, and RTC has robust screening processes in place for those who arrive each week."

The action is being taken out of an abundance of caution, according to the Navy Training Command.

RTC Recruits impacted by this change are being authorized to call home to directly inform their loved ones.

Liberty will be cancelled for graduates of RTC.

They will report directly to their follow-on assignments.

Liberty or guest access at those locations will be at the discretion of those commands.