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Navy Boot Camp: Questions & Answers to what your Sailor will be doing at Recruit Training Command (RTC) Great Lakes, IL.

This Support Group is for Families & Friends with Recruits attending Navy Boot Camp.

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Boot Camp Forum, Helpful Links and Videos


Complete List of Navy Boot Camp FAQ's - Need to Knows

Pass in Review Dates - Dates for Upcoming Graduation Ceremonies

Contact Your Sailor - RTC Division Addresses -
RTC Ship/Div Addresses

Bootcamp Weekly Training Schedule - Follow Your Sailor's Training

Recruit Division Command Structure - Division Recruit Command Positions

Bootcamp Videos - Several Videos about Bootcamp

Return To Bootcamp Videos - Series of Videos from All Hands TV

Captain's Cup Competition - Final Competition between Divisions

BattleStations 21 - Videos and Infomation about BattleStations

Navy Lingo & Slang -
 Learn to speak their Language

Navy Enlisted Ratings- Navy Job Descriptions

Boot Camp Checklist - Items you can and cannot Bring to Boot Camp

Being Paid While in Boot Camp - Yes, you get paid in Boot Camp!

A MUST Read for All New Navy Parents - Bootcamp....and how it changes your recruits!

Small Arms Training and Qualification -
 OPNAV Instruction 3591.1F

Current Weather Conditions at Recruit Training Command - Great Lakes, IL

Pass in Review Group- Tips, Hints, & Help for Navy Graduation


You must save the form letter you get from your SR. It will have important information on it including the password so you can download the parking pass when it's time to go to PIR. Even if you rent a vehicle to drive to PIR from your hotel, you will need the parking pass. SAVE THAT FORM LETTER!

That is all...stand down!


Discussion Forum

Division graduation at PIR

Started by Chad Anderson. Last reply by Chad Anderson Feb 25. 10 Replies

Battle Stations 21

Started by Chad Anderson. Last reply by Chad Anderson Feb 24. 7 Replies

The Journey Begins

Started by Scott Mitchell. Last reply by Scott Mitchell Jan 31. 8 Replies

First Day of Boot Camp January 8th

Started by Terry Suttle. Last reply by John DeNardo Jan 25. 24 Replies

possible call for ship 3 Division 093

Started by Joshua Godden. Last reply by Joshua Godden Jan 18. 1 Reply

Comment Wall


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Comment by NavyDads Admin (Paul) on March 13, 2015 at 6:42am

Typically the first 4-10 days  after the new recruits arrive at RTC are called Processing Days or P-Days.  Around holidays and sometimes for unforeseen issues (flight delays, severe weather, etc.) P-days can last up to 14 days.  Although recruits are assigned to a ship and division upon arrival, these assignments are not final and they do not move to their designated ship until P-days are over.   Unplanned events may change that ship assignment.   Your sailor's recruiter may give you an address a day or two after your recruit arrived at Great Lakes with a particular division that may not be final. This is why NavyDads always advises you to wait for your sailor's form letter with his or her correct address.  That letter typically arrives 5-10 days after they have shipped to RTC.

Comment by NavyDads Co-Admin, Jim on March 13, 2015 at 6:13am

Mike, the form letter is coming. They have to make sure the division is all set up first. Patience is the name of the game.

Comment by Greg Sigurdson on March 2, 2015 at 2:09pm

Thanks Blake for letting me know. I am going to assume that is a good thing.

Comment by Blake Owen on March 2, 2015 at 2:07pm

Greg, the "Nasty 9" is the nickname given to the head crew. The head crew cleans the head (bathroom). If your son is the Head PO that means he is in charge of the head crew.

Comment by Greg Sigurdson on March 2, 2015 at 2:03pm

Good day to all! I just received a letter from my SR and he mentioned that he is part of the Nasty 9 and the Head PO. Can someone please elaborate on these? He did not explain either. Thanks in advance!

Comment by Chad Anderson on February 16, 2015 at 6:47pm

Good times!!  He graduates next Friday, the 27th!!  Can't wait to get that call saying he's a Sailor!!

Comment by Gary Ray on February 13, 2015 at 9:47am

Roy and Chad - Our son had the same experience. His frustration continued through A-school and to some degree continues to this day with his first duty station (apparently, day shift doesn't do much work while he and his buddies on night shift do the bulk of it). I have tried to explain that not everyone had a father like me. A father who taught their kids responsibility, working hard and doing their best are three things that will carry them a long way in this life. It seems that you guys are a couple of fathers who taught your kids the same kinds of things. I applaud you! Bravo Zulu!

Comment by Roy B on February 13, 2015 at 8:55am

Chad- We received 3 letter yesterday also. Our son said the same thing about his division. very frustrating for him because ever since he was 10 years old he has made his bed washed his clothes cleaning his room. OCD maybe and he like thing structured. I think he will made a good military man and a great leader one day. But I am his dad.

Comment by Chad Anderson on February 13, 2015 at 8:35am

I received 3 letters from my Son yesterday.  He was commenting on how he did perfect on the shake downs and such.  His Senior Chief in JROTC taught him well.  He just wishes the rest of his division would work more as a team.  Very frustrating for him. 

Comment by NavyDads Admin (Paul) on February 10, 2015 at 7:50pm

Michael- you should get the letter any day


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