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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

Can't Get Your Recruits Address From Your Recruiter? - Advice from Chief West

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

Ship 14, Div 328, PIR 17OCT2014

Started by Jim Bair 12 hours ago. 0 Replies

Ship 04, Div 819, PIR 26SEP14

Started by Brian L. McKeon yesterday. 0 Replies

Div 944, Ship 02, PIR Sept 12

Started by Aaron Anthony MacRogers. Last reply by Timothy Hunt on Tuesday. 3 Replies

Boot camp grad gift

Started by Steve Czarnecki. Last reply by Richard J. Ramirez on Monday. 2 Replies

No News is good news....

Started by Jeff Mohler. Last reply by Julie byrne on Sunday. 10 Replies

Comment Wall


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Comment by William Higdon yesterday

Anyone have a SR in Division 324 Ship 13 PIR 10/10?

Comment by Bill Hull yesterday

My son is currently in Nuke School in Goose Creek.

But my daughter leaves for Boot Camp (MEPS) on Sept. 1st.

It has JUST hit me that my "baby" is leaving home.

I'm sitting hear thinking "what have I done!?" LOL

And the roller coaster ride begins again....

Comment by DANIEL TENINTY on Sunday

It's been a great week. Had a call from our SR on Friday night. First one since the 20 second call on 21 July when he arrived. Graduating is inching closer; PIR is 19 Sept. Ship 02, DIV 945. 

Comment by Dennis Helmke on Saturday

My step son shipped out for Great Lakes on 8-13-14, we got the kid in the box on 8-20-14, his mother really loved opening the box still the odor hit her.  Still can't figure out how he lost a sock in the process.  Got the letter today 8-22-14 for his ship/division and pir date.  The stack of letters from mom already in the mail. Simple things that make moms happy.  Proud of our Recruit.

Comment by Ken Modrell on August 19, 2014 at 12:17am

I was missing my son so I googled his name and found his public tweeter account.  He had posted a couple of videos on it.  It was really good to hear his voice and then my wife saw the video and started crying.  She said she was crying because it was so nice to hear his voice also.  It was nice just to see his face and voice, even though it was from a year ago.

Comment by Brett Jennings on August 16, 2014 at 2:26pm

the letter came today. My son is expected to graduated on 10-3. That is great it just become complicated due to his sister being her homecoming week and she is a senior. Lots of decisions left to make.

Comment by NavyDads Co-Admin, Jim on August 14, 2014 at 8:26pm

Ha Ha! That's awesome Ken. My son told me that for the first 4 weeks they hardly knew his name. He said he kept his mouth shut and did what he was told. 

Comment by Ken Modrell on August 14, 2014 at 7:46pm

Received the first letter from my son.  He says that he's been able to keep low and not get in trouble.  He says that it has been really interesting so far.  Then he mentioned that he can't wait for basic to be done so he can watch football, now that's my son......

Comment by Steve Czarnecki on August 12, 2014 at 6:31am

I know that "no news in good news", but this not hearing from my son is getting tough!  Had a letter two weeks ago, and a call a week and a half ago.  Nothing since (ship12/div289)

Comment by Ed Guyer on August 11, 2014 at 10:31pm
So glad I got a letter from my son today. He said he got his rating for the nuke program he asked for mm and got it. Said it was the best day so far at bootcamp because it was such good news for him. Only few more weeks and we will be seeing him at PIR

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