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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


For those family and friends unable to attend RTC graduation, video will be streamed live over the internet starting at 0845 (CST) on the day of graduation.  Please follow the link below and join us in honoring the service of these young men and women. Click here for live stream of PIR


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!


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Discussion Forum


Started by Robert. Last reply by Michael Bradburn Dec 11. 4 Replies

Missed a phone call today!!

Started by Chris Holmberg. Last reply by Chris Holmberg Nov 12. 4 Replies

Ship 11 Div 045 PIR 12/12/2014

Started by William E Grant Jr Nov 6. 0 Replies

Got a phone call YEA!!!!!!

Started by Daron. Last reply by Mike (Noah's Dad) Nov 5. 8 Replies

Ship 12 Div 036

Started by Frank Giordano. Last reply by James B Oct 27. 1 Reply

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Comment by Sharon Owen on December 10, 2014 at 9:02am

Before my son left, I used to think all these 'boo-hoo' people were just taking things to the EXTREME! LOL!

Sad to say, while I'm not actually boohoo-ing, I AM stalking facebook and any websites I can find for the possibility of a picture or news re his division and/or progress...

Ship 12/ Div 75 PIR 1-30-15

Comment by NavyDads Admin (Paul) on December 5, 2014 at 5:04pm

Luckily for Division 907, it was the Public Affairs Officer who gave them Sexual Assault Prevention and Response training today. Since they did such a good job during the discussion, RTC decided to post them on Facebook.

Comment by LukeH on November 6, 2014 at 8:50am

And when you get "The Box", open it in a well-ventilated area!

Comment by Bainite on November 6, 2014 at 7:50am

Phillip - as Paul said, middle of the night.  Be ready for a TOTALLY scripted call.  They won't be able to answer any questions.  

The next call(s) you receive are totally under the control of the RDC's (except for the "I'm a Sailor" call).  Providing or taking away access to call home seems to be one of the "go-to" behavior modification tools available to the process.  Our first Sailor got one call home, aside from the first and last call.  Our second Sailor called home 3 times. 

Write your recruit every day, if only to tell him how the weather was, and how someone cut you off on your drive to work.  If he has siblings of the appropriate age, have them draw something on the back of the letter.  For both of our Sailors, I cut out the Sunday Funnies and sent them instead of a Sunday letter.  

Your recruit may never write back.  He may be using the limited free time available to sleep and recover from the exhaustion.  Write anyway.

And remember:  for the most part, no news is good news. 

Comment by NavyDads Admin (Paul) on November 5, 2014 at 8:35pm

to Phillip- middle of the more than 20 seconds long and very scripted

Comment by Paul Barger on October 30, 2014 at 7:30am

willie we are just getting ready to leave for Chicago. from Indiana. maybe we will see you at the Sarges get together tonight. we only have a 4 hour drive. Looking forward to watching 821 graduate tomorrow. Several awards for that Spec Op group this go around very proud.

Comment by Willie Thomas, Jr on October 29, 2014 at 11:19pm
Just arrived in Chicago and at Navy Lodge. Can't wait to see my Son and his fellow Seamen at PIR on 10/31.
Bravo Zulu.
Comment by NavyDads Admin (Paul) on October 29, 2014 at 10:45pm

Here is division 355

Comment by Paul Barger on October 29, 2014 at 8:28am

I just heard that the PIR 10/31, this friday the captains cup winner was the spec ops group Div 821. if you are attending this Fridays PIR see ya there and also at Sarges meet and Greet tomorrow.

Comment by NavyDads Admin (Paul) on October 26, 2014 at 8:24pm

Paul: from RTC's website:

Wheelchairs are available on a first-come, first-served basis when guests check in at the Visitor Center. There is limited handicapped-designated seating on the drill deck. One family member may accompany a handicapped family member in this area.


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