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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.

Members: 1590
Latest Activity: 7 hours ago

Boot Camp Forum, Helpful Links and Videos

Something you should know about ADD and ADHD 

Moment of Truth - First week of Boot Camp

Complete Family Guide to Boot Camp and Pass in Review (PIR)

Complete List of Navy Boot Camp FAQ's - Need to Knows

A run down of how the divisions are formed

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

SR Ship 14 Div 246

Started by Joe Cox. Last reply by Joe Cox on Friday. 8 Replies

First Letter

Started by Bill Yoder. Last reply by Maggie Yoder Apr 29. 10 Replies

27 May PIR Dads

Started by Britton Morrell. Last reply by Bill Yoder Apr 25. 5 Replies

My Eldest Daughter Left for the RTC today.

Started by Leighton Lee. Last reply by Leighton Lee Apr 23. 11 Replies

First phone call home

Started by David Apr 19. 0 Replies

Comment Wall


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Comment by Tony "Skippy" Adams on Sunday
Heard from my boy today too Dennis. He's in 242, the same division as your daughter. My son is also a nuke but other than mentioned he and another 11 nukes were visited by two either instructors or counsellors from the school, nothing was said about an upcoming nuke physical.
Comment by Dennis O'Neil on Sunday

Another great day. Division 238 got to make calls home. We were able to talk to our daughter for 15 minutes. She sounded great and was able to update us on her progress - passed the first two swim tests, boot blister issues, inspections.

She goes for her Nuke physical next week which has her all worried, but I cannot figure out why. Anybody have any insights into what is special about the extra physical that Nukes get?

Comment by NavyDads Co-Admin Jim on Saturday

Good job! I have heard stories of a mom sending a musical card to her son who had a birthday while in boot. The RDC made him dance to the music until the battery died! Oh, that had to hurt!

Comment by Dennis O'Neil on Saturday

Jim, thanks for the advice. We are not sending clippings, we are copy-n-pasting into our letters.

I don't want to call any attention to her. One of her biggest worries is that fact that her birthday is during boot camp and she did not want to be singled out. I am hoping the family is going to respect her request to not send birthday cards.

She knows to try to keep as low a profile as possible. She had a classmate who graduated boot camp two weeks before she shipped. He sent her a lot of advice and tips to try to lessen the pain.

Comment by NavyDads Admin (Paul) on Saturday

Kind words Dennis- don't forget there are a number of faces working to keep NavyDads and the NavyDads FB page humming along! We'll try to keep posting some of those group photos, but realize we all have full time jobs and households and family - time can get scarce!

Comment by NavyDads Co-Admin Jim on Saturday

Dennis we are so glad that you have found our site so useful! Might I suggest that if you send her news from home, try to keep it up-beat. Also it's not a good idea to clip articles from the paper and include them in the envelope. See if you can print them on the back of your letters. Or maybe a single sheet with articles front and back. 

You just don't want to draw attention to her. The RDCs can make it pretty rough. Good luck!

Comment by Dennis O'Neil on Saturday

Received our first letters from our daughter yesterday. It was great to hear how she has been doing. She has opted to write to just my wife and I then asked us to make copies and pass along to the family. Not a bad idea to make use of limited time to write. 

I underestimated how isolated these recruits are. My daughter is a news junkie and is begging us to send her news articles so right now my wife is picking through the news to find articles she thinks our daughter will like.

I like that fact that RTC is going to post more specific photos for each TG and DIV. My mom managed to find our daughter in a random picture posted on the 17th. She looked like she was doing OK and even the Navy issue glasses don't look too bad on her. She even commented that she kinda liked them even.

Thank you again to Paul and Jim who keep this site up and running for all of proud by nervous parents.

Wishing you all a safe Memorial Day Weekend as we remember those who served before our daughters and sons, making the ultimate sacrifice so that our loved ones are less likely to have to.

Comment by NavyDads Admin (Paul) on Saturday

Division 228

Comment by NavyDads Admin (Paul) on Saturday

Division 227

Comment by NavyDads Admin (Paul) on Friday

If we have time we'll try post some of those here, but all your admins have full-time jobs and time can be elusive !


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