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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

Something you should know about ADD and ADHD 

Moment of Truth - First week of Boot Camp

Complete Family Guide to Boot Camp and Pass in Review (PIR)

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

A run down of how the divisions are formed

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

(PIR) Pass in Review Support Ribbons - Custom Ribbons for Bootcamp 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

First Letter

Started by Bill Yoder. Last reply by Maggie Yoder 15 hours ago. 10 Replies

27 May PIR Dads

Started by Britton Morrell. Last reply by Bill Yoder on Monday. 5 Replies

My Eldest Daughter Left for the RTC today.

Started by Leighton Lee. Last reply by Leighton Lee Apr 23. 11 Replies

First phone call home

Started by David Apr 19. 0 Replies

My son shipped off today.

Started by Dimitri Whitman, Sr.. Last reply by Bill Yoder Apr 6. 8 Replies

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Comment by Navy Dads Co-Admin Tom on April 6, 2016 at 6:55pm

Click on the link above that says Bootcamp Weekly Training Schedule.....

Comment by Steve on April 6, 2016 at 6:50pm
Our son just got to the base GL last night and was wondering if there is any way to see any progress as to what they were doing on a daily or weekly basis?
Comment by NavyDads Co-Admin Jim on April 3, 2016 at 6:18pm

He can use it for the "I'm here and okay" call. Then it gets shipped home. But, why risk loosing or breaking it. RTC has a room full of phones they use for the initial call  home. Make sure he has enough change in his pocket for a pay phone. Send him there with a pre-paid calling card to use while he's there. After arrival and P-Days begin, you won't hear from him again for about three weeks.

Comment by Joseph Cavallo on April 3, 2016 at 5:50pm

Thanks Brian, that's my point. If they use a shipmate's phone and you aren't the person who answers unknown numbers, you could miss the call.

Comment by Brian Losey on April 3, 2016 at 5:48pm
I second joes advice. Let him take it. You will be able to communicate with him at hotel before MEPS, and up until he gets to Chicago. Just so you know, if he doesn't take it, they will be able to use a shipmates phone to call home and let them know that they made it.
Comment by Greg H on April 3, 2016 at 5:44pm

Your son can take his cell phone with him to Great Lakes.  If he does, he may possibly use it to call home and let you know he arrived as planned.  Then, it will be shipped home with all his other personal effects.  

Comment by Joseph Cavallo on April 3, 2016 at 5:42pm


Tell him to bring his phone. He won't be able to use it going there or immediately upon arrival, but they are given one last phone call before they are told to turn it off and put it in the box. It also helps for you to know his incoming number and jump on the call. You have the one call and that's it for awhile, so you won't want to miss the call. 

Comment by Dan Maccarone on April 3, 2016 at 5:37pm

I have a question ...

According to my son (he ships April 12) his recruiter says he is to bring his cell phone with him to boot camp for his initial "arrived safe" call, then it will be shipped home with his civvies.

The pamphlet he got in DEP also says to bring his cell phone.


The recruit training center web site says to not bring any personal electronics including cell phones.

He is worried that if he doesn't bring his cell phone he will be unable to inform his mother and me of his arrival at boot camp. I mentioned that when I went to boot camp there were banks of phones that the recruits called home on, and as long as he had a calling card he would be OK. He astutely pointed out that I went to boot camp WELL before cell phones were a thing (1969), so of course they had banks of "real" phones (smart *** kid).

Anybody out there with "non cell phone" experience? He has one and could certainly take it with him, but I figure it's one less thing to worry about and keep up with between here and there.

Comment by Brian Losey on March 22, 2016 at 2:56pm

Buzz....Here's how it goes...if your son is going to A school in Great Lakes, he will check into A school immediately after graduation and have liberty the rest of the weekend.  If your son is going to A school in another state, they will have liberty after graduation until 1930 or so.  Then they will leave for the airport Saturday morning about 0100.  They will not know which airport until graduation.  It will most likely be O'hare though.  When they get to the airport, they all hang out near the USO until about 0500 when they all get their boarding passes and make their way to their gates.  You can hang out with them anytime they are at the airport, although, you will need to be issued a parents mock boarding pass to accompany them to their gate.  Hope this helps.

Comment by Lisa on March 22, 2016 at 1:43pm

You won't know that until you get to PIR. I don't think they get their travel orders to A School until right at the very end.


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