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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!


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Discussion Forum

Division graduation at PIR

Started by Chad Anderson. Last reply by LukeH 7 hours ago. 7 Replies

First Day of Boot Camp January 8th

Started by Terry Suttle. Last reply by John DeNardo 20 hours ago. 24 Replies

possible call for ship 3 Division 093

Started by Joshua Godden. Last reply by Joshua Godden Jan 18. 1 Reply

boot camp graduation questions

Started by irwin mandelbaum. Last reply by Joshua Godden Jan 11. 17 Replies

Ship 13 Div 057

Started by Ronald S. Hemmann. Last reply by Andrew Dec 31, 2014. 4 Replies

Comment Wall


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Comment by David McNeill on Saturday

Thank you gentlemen.

Comment by NavyDads Admin (Paul) on Saturday

official RTC uniform policy:

Uniform of the Day

All Pass-in-Reviews at Recruit Training Command are formal ceremonies.
Military personnel participating in the ceremony shall wear the seasonally appropriate ceremonial uniform. Military personnel who arrive as guests shall wear the service dress uniform or service dress uniform equivalent. Military members who arrive in working uniforms will not be permitted inside the drill hall.

SUMMER: Summer Whites with ribbons for E-7 and above; Service Dress Whites with ribbons for E-6 and below.
WINTER: Dress Blues with ribbons.

Note: Working Uniforms (NWU, MARPAT, ACU, ABU, ODU) are not authorized uniforms for Pass-In-Review. 

Comment by NavyDads Co-Admin, Jim on Saturday

Marvin is 100% correct! Tell him to wear his uniform with pride!

Comment by Marvin on Saturday
Hell yeah it is OK. They will even ask for all serving, and veterans to please stand to be recognized.
Comment by David McNeill on Saturday

A friend of my son is invited to the PIR. He's in the Army Reserve. He wants to know if its appropriate for him to wear his uniform. Any ideas?

Comment by Tom Bosley on January 11, 2015 at 2:52pm
My daughter leaves for RTC on 20 January 15. Any others?
Comment by Christopher Wood on January 8, 2015 at 3:12pm

Congrats to all Dads for "lending" Uncle Sam your child for service, starting out as Seaman Recruits!

The first weeks of no communication will be difficult for you. Send as many letters and packages as possible. When your Seaman is allowed to receive your communications it will be like Christmas in February.

The greatest gift my Seaman Recruit gave me was after the Boot Camp graduation and we were celebrating in Chicago. She said "Pops, I want to apologize for what I put you through when I was in Jr/Sr high school." (She was good bad, not evil.)

My QM1, (Navigation Petty Officer 1st Class), went to GL in January, 2011 and is now moving back home to start her college career while remaining a Navy Reservist.

She has grown up quite a bit during her duty. Her successful active duty career included missions to the Med Sea, Persian Gulf, East Indian Ocean, then the North Atlantic, North Sea, Baltic Sea, and closer to home on training missions in the Caribbean and Southern Atlantic.

She is a Salty Shellback (for going south of the Equator) and a member of the Order of the Blue Nose (for going north of the Arctic Circle).

In addition to her duties in navigation she also volunteered to be the fitness instructor on her destroyer.

Your offspring, who go to sea, will endure days of servile work, sheer boredom, and times with rushes of adrenaline. All-in-all it will be a great adventure in each Seaman's life when responsibility for their own lives and their small, but important part, in the defense of our country.

Best wishes to you and your Seaman Recruit!!

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!


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