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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

Day one

Started by David Overley. Last reply by Brian Trester yesterday. 5 Replies

One month and counting

Started by Jeff Lawson. Last reply by Tom L on Tuesday. 10 Replies

First Few Days

Started by Rich. Last reply by Rich on Tuesday. 8 Replies

A MUST READ for All New Navy Parents

Started by NavyDads Admin (Paul). Last reply by Norman Haskell Jul 13. 55 Replies

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Comment by NavyDads Admin (Paul) on July 24, 2015 at 9:54am
Comment by NavyDads Admin (Paul) on May 18, 2015 at 4:39pm

TG 28 - 7 Divisions (183-186, 811-812 and 928) Graduate Friday, May 22, 2015

Comment by Dave Hoyt on May 18, 2015 at 4:03pm
They would be the divisions whose PIR is 5/22?
Comment by NavyDads Admin (Paul) on May 18, 2015 at 8:13am

Congratulations to this week’s winners of Captain’s Cup!

Div. 812 took top honors in the non-integrated divisions while Div. 928 triumphed in the integrated divisions.

Captain’s Cup is a fun, friendly athletic event held on the Saturday before graduation. The divisions that are set to graduate later in the week get a free morning to kick back and enjoy some fun competition between the divisions in their training group. It’s like recess for recruits.

Events include basketball, volleyball, relay races, tug-of-war, sit-ups, push-ups and more. There is a winning division for the non-integrated (all-male) divisions, and one winning division in the integrated (male/female) divisions.

Each winning division receives a traveling trophy to display in their ship as well as a Captain’s Cup flag that they will carry and display during graduation.

Captain’s Cup gives the recruits the opportunity to display their athleticism they have built up during boot camp.

Comment by TedandTeresa Burke on May 14, 2015 at 7:23pm

Just got our form letter from our duaghter. She is on ship 12 div 220. Her mom and I miss her dearly. But we know she is working hard and making us proud. We decided to go visit the USS Midway on mothers day. Wanted a little taste of our duaghters new career. we can not wait to see her at her PIR on June 26th. 

Comment by NavyDads Admin (Paul) on May 11, 2015 at 10:58am

Congratulations to this week’s winners of Captain’s Cup!

Div. 182 took top honors in the non-integrated divisions while Div. 180 triumphed in the integrated divisions.

Comment by Dave Hoyt on April 29, 2015 at 9:00pm

Hi all, I'm new to the site.

My son is in ship 02 div 928 PIR 0n 5/22/15. Anyone out there with going to PIR on the same date?

We've had a couple of short calls, the form letter and a 3 page letter so far so it is more than we expected during this time.

Comment by Ken R on April 25, 2015 at 7:37pm

We received a call this afternoon from our SR in ship 13 Div201 sounded great was in good spirits. Said he was fighting a cold that there was a bug going around but was doing great. So please say a prayer for all SR at RTC as they find strength,courage and the ability to make their way through one of the toughest challanges in their lives to becoming the next great sailors the US NAVY has to offerour nation.

Comment by Don Harvey on April 25, 2015 at 6:28pm
Thanks Tom!
Comment by Tom L on April 25, 2015 at 2:25pm

Another a hotel closer to the base rather than near the airports. Chicago commuter traffic sucks! It's about a 45 minute commute from the city to RTC...never mind the traffic! It was about 15 minutes from Waukegan. Look into all discounts...and mention that you are coming for helps!


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