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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!


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Discussion Forum

Bring On The Next Adventure

Started by David Oelker. Last reply by Paul Barger on Thursday. 8 Replies

Got a phone call YEA!!!!!!

Started by Daron. Last reply by Daron on Wednesday. 5 Replies

Ship 12 Div 036

Started by Frank Giordano on Tuesday. 0 Replies

SR Not Passing PFA

Started by Pedro Barez. Last reply by B'sNukemom&dad⚓️Prototype1401S8G Oct 13. 13 Replies

Comment Wall


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Comment by bobby lynch on Tuesday
This adopt a sailor is just for people in a school or boot camp
Comment by NavyDads Admin (Paul) on Tuesday

Adopt A Sailor Form Adopt-a-Sailor-Form.pdf

Comment by Wayne Clark on October 18, 2014 at 2:24pm
Any Captains Cup updates yet?
Comment by Marshall on October 17, 2014 at 2:26pm

Thanks so much for the quick answer! 

Comment by NavyDads Admin (Paul) on October 17, 2014 at 2:23pm

then they may get the weekend....must be at base each night and may have duty/watch at some point

Comment by Marshall on October 17, 2014 at 2:05pm

What if their A-school is Great Lakes?

Comment by NavyDads Admin (Paul) on October 17, 2014 at 1:12pm

correct- they will fly to A-school on Friday as I recall

Comment by Marshall on October 17, 2014 at 1:02pm

Does the comment stating that "If your Sailor is graduating on Wednesday, 26 November, your Sailor will be granted liberty that day as well as Thanksgiving Day, 27" mean that they will NOT have any liberty either Friday or Saturday?

Comment by NavyDads Admin (Paul) on October 17, 2014 at 11:20am

from RTC:

If your Sailor is graduating on Wednesday, 26 November, your Sailor will be granted liberty that day as well as Thanksgiving Day, 27 November. Please understand the following:

Your Sailor WILL NOT be granted overnight liberty.

Your Sailor may reasonably be assigned duty for several hours on either Wednesday or Thursday. If assigned duty, your Sailor will have to return in order to meet this commitment.

Your Sailor will have to return to his or her barracks on BOTH Wednesday and Thursday evening.

Comment by Paul Barger on October 10, 2014 at 2:45pm

Daron, yes it has changed alot since then, When they closed the other RTC's they puT alot of money into Great Lakes. The RTC side was completely redone and all new buildings built. I was in basic there June 1978 co.106 Div.17. Be proud of what your daughter is doing and will accomplish. I will be up there for a graduation of my sons best friend on Oct 31st. This will be exciting to say the least.


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