GREAT LAKES (NNS) – The Recruit Training Command (RTC) returned to the in-person guest presence at graduation on August 13, 2021, for the first time in 17 months, and with it came the return of successful divisions, sometimes better known as 900 divisions.
The successful divisions are made up of rookies in training who were selected upon arrival at training camp to assist with graduation. They are divided into Personnel Divisions, State Flag Divisions, and Triple Threat Divisions, which include the Marching Band, Choir, and Drill Team.
The Triple Threat is unlike any other division with a natural talent that begs to be exposed.
“The best part about the triple threat is seeing the sheer talent that comes here,” said Anthony McGinley, Hull Tech 1st Class. “With musicians, singers, and the drill crew armed, there’s seldom a time with a triple threat where at least one of these three units doesn’t ‘impress’ you with what they can do.”
Screening incoming recruits can sometimes be difficult as the level of talent received is really unknown.
“Sometimes we get recruits who are phenomenal at playing an instrument or who have exceptional vocals, or who can spin the rifle like no one else,” said Erik Jenson, Aviation Structural Mechanic 1st Class. . “However, there is always a risk that you will not achieve any of these qualities.”
Once the selection process is complete, RTC staff members begin to populate the divisions. The Triple Threat Division consists of the choir – led by Alan Miller; the group – led by head musician Brandon Barbee; and the drill crew – taught by McGinley. Each part of the Triple Threat is so important that it is taught by experts in every field.
“There is so much going on in the Triple Threat that trying to put it into words wouldn’t do it justice,” Jenson said.
The growth of the triple threat divisions from their day of arrival until the day of their graduation does not go unnoticed.
“The most rewarding aspect comes twice per division,” McGinley said. “After the first performance you see how happy and proud they are of the show they just put on. Then you’ll see them again at their own graduation after working hard to perfect their performances. It’s a genre. special appreciation that I will never forget.
Training camp lasts approximately eight weeks and all enlisted in the US Navy begin their careers in command. Training includes physical fitness, seamanship, firearms, firefighting and damage control on board, as well as lessons on Navy heritage and core values, teamwork and the discipline. More than 40,000 recruits train each year at the Navy’s sole training camp. For more information on Recruit Training Command, visit www.navy.mil/local/rtc.
|Date posted:||22.12.2021 11:35|
|Site:||GREAT LAKES, Illinois, United States|
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