Navy Great Lakes Boot Camp chief fired for ‘loss of confidence’

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The Navy relieved the chief of Great Lakes training camp of his duties for “a loss of confidence in his ability to command,” officials said.

The decision to reassign Capt. Jeffry Sandin to another staff position at Naval Service Training Command headquarters near North Chicago was tied to job performance, said Cmdr. Brian Wierzbicki, a Navy spokesman.

“There was no disciplinary action, no investigation, nothing criminal — nothing like that,” Wierzbicki said Friday.

Wierzbicki did not specify what job performance issues led to Sandin’s demotion.

Sandin, who has led the Navy boot camp since May 2021, is replaced by Capt. Kertreck Brooks, chief of staff for Great Lakes. The decision was made last Saturday by Rear Admiral Jennifer Couture, the Great Lakes commander who oversees the Navy’s boot camp, officer candidate school and ROTC program.

It is the fourth dismissal of a naval commander in about a week, after the commanders of two destroyers and an air squadron were relieved of their duties. Navy officials have also expressed a “loss of confidence” in command in these cases.

At Great Lakes – the Navy’s only boot camp – some 40,000 recruits train each year in a 10-week program that covers physical fitness, seamanship, firearms, combat on-board fires and damage control, among other lessons.

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