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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

NavyDads Logo Tee - Represent Our Community

Customized Dog Tags  - Duplicate Your Sailors name on 1 tag and their PIR Date, Rate, etc on tag 2. A Great Way to Keep Your Sailor Close to Heart!

Recruits & Sailors Blue Candle - These Blue Candles are to Burn in Honor of Your Sailor During Boot Camp, Battle Stations or Deployments

PIR Support Ribbons - Show Support for Your Sailor when Attending Graduation

Navy Challenge Coins - Document Your Sailors Journey with These Unique Coins


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 13 DIV 152; PIR 25 APRIL, 2014

Started by Marco Mattucci. Last reply by Marco Mattucci on Friday. 2 Replies

Ship 2 Div 928 PIR May 23, 2014

Started by Michael P. Last reply by Daniel M Apr 17. 3 Replies

Ship 13, Div-174, PIR-16 May 2014

Started by Bill Hopkins. Last reply by Bill Hopkins Apr 15. 7 Replies

Ship 11 Div 142 PIR 4/11

Started by Ronald Haynes. Last reply by Lawrence Stiffler Mar 26. 9 Replies

SHIP 13 DIV 112; PIR 21 MAR 2014

Started by Rod Allen. Last reply by Rod Allen Mar 20. 6 Replies

Comment Wall


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Comment by NavyDads Co-Admin, Gary on April 3, 2014 at 5:48pm

March 31, 2014 -- Congratulations again to Coleen Lovan. Here is your photo of division 921 along with their Captains Cup they won on Saturday. See you all on Friday! -RTC


Comment by Alan Ritter on March 30, 2014 at 4:29pm
My son just called from boot camp he sounds good. Passed his swim test. He is just a little home sick.
Comment by Alan Ritter on March 28, 2014 at 10:24am
So is anyone of your new recruits in division 926 because my wife and I have not received our sons form letter yet and we were wondering if anyone else has. We were told by his recruiter his graduation date was May 9 and we would receive hies letter in two weeks.
Comment by Joseph Cavallo on March 27, 2014 at 1:46pm

Mike, hang in there with your son and continually try to reach out to him. One of these times, he will reply. He just has to see things his way and in his time. Some kids, heck some adults are like that. I'm sorry it's been two years and will pray it's not much longer. God Bless and Good Luck.

Comment by Mike Crook on March 27, 2014 at 10:01am

I really appreciate this more than you'll ever know. I know it will all work out for all of us. I have already given it two years I can give it as long as it takes.

Comment by NavyDads Admin (Paul) on March 27, 2014 at 8:56am

was thinking about this one for you more than anything else as a reminder that you have the strength though Our Savior to endure whatever happens:

Comment by Mike Crook on March 27, 2014 at 8:20am

I will never give up Jim. I love him no matter what the circumstances are or what's going on in his life.  And Paul I will have to show my wife that I love it but I wont get anything unless Joe says I can.

Comment by NavyDads Admin (Paul) on March 27, 2014 at 7:37am

Mike---everyone should check this out, but think you might find it a source of strength:

Comment by NavyDads Co-Admin, Jim on March 27, 2014 at 6:51am

Mike, there is always hope. Never give up.

Comment by Mike Crook on March 27, 2014 at 5:06am

What a great story, I gives me a lot of hope. As a lot of you already know that I haven't heard from my son in all most two years and he never said goodbye. I wont go into that but the reason it gives me hope is that he has stopped believing in god for some reason or another and I hope upon hope he starts believing again. I'm not saying go back to church or even read the bible but he was never raised to not believe in him. He was raised catholic  and the only thing I as a parent ever made him or his brothers do as far as our religion goes is get all his sacraments and he did  by age 14. I also gave them all, the option to either go to church or not. I feel that was a mistake because I have always felt it important to communicate with god. I went right  up till I was 20 and have a lot of hard feelings toward my church that I wont get into. Maybe if he started to believe again he'd realize that mom and dad aren't so bad and only did what we felt was right for him. Thanks for the hope and thank your daughter for her sacrifice for serving.


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