This is the new "Rules while on Liberty" from the Family Guide:(Bold mine)
"When you take your Recruit out on liberty, we know you will want to spend as much time with them as possible. Here are a couple of things to keep in mind:
Your Recruit should be given ample time to walk to their ship before the expiration of liberty.
Recruits may not travel more than 50 miles from base during liberty, meaning no further than downtown Chicago.
Recruits may not use alcohol or tobacco products, nor drive a vehicle.
Recruits must remain in uniform at all times. (*Note:The old Family guide had the words "...while in public." added to the end of the Uniform statement and it was taken off on the new one.
Recruits may not bring civilian items (clothes, mobile phone, MP3 player, etc.) or food back to RTC."
...and their FAQ page:(Bold mine)
"Liberty is ‘time off’ from the daily routine. Graduating Sailors will be granted liberty to go off-base during the day with their families.
That being "said" we have tried to poll the recent PIR groups on this and most of the responses were that they were no longer allowed to change into civies in the hotel room. But I don't think we got enough feedback to say it is a definite "no".
Your new Sailors are given an in-depth briefing about Liberty. Follow their lead. If they ask, then I would bring it...the worst that could happen is that they say "no" at the briefing ...but they could say, "YES"!
From Recruit Training Command FB page March 15, 2012:
How in the heck are they supposed to know what happens behind closed doors? That is just plain dumb of them if they think that is going to work. So are they saying that if they want to hang out naked in the hotel room that is fine that they just can't put on regular clothes while relaxing?
I posted the question on the RTC site to get a definite answer.
I suspect by removing the "while in public" portion of the statement, they no longer have to define "public". Now they know they must not be seen out of uniform. Obviously, what goes on behind closed doors, stays behind closed doors and they also don't talk about it when they get back or risk "getting caught".
As someone else said, I'm sure that wearing the uniform is a statement of pride in their accomplishments so we are probably more concerned about it than they are. They are probably more thrilled to just see us and be "free" for a few hours.
Remember though, this is a military area, so although they are "free", there are military people both in and out of uniform who are everywhere and ARE watching them.
Don't know...your Sailors will be briefed!
Bumping to the top of discussion list...