Navy Dads



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: 1516
Latest Activity: 12 hours ago

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!


Discussion Forum

Day one

Started by David Overley. Last reply by Scott David Blaine on Tuesday. 12 Replies

Phone call!

Started by Sheryl. Last reply by Scott David Blaine on Tuesday. 11 Replies

Got the letter...

Started by Patrick Rowicki. Last reply by Patrick Rowicki on Sunday. 4 Replies

On his way !!!

Started by Patrick Rowicki. Last reply by Patrick Rowicki Aug 17. 5 Replies

boy in the navy

Started by kenneth voiles. Last reply by Tom L Aug 16. 8 Replies

Comment Wall


You need to be a member of NAVY BOOT CAMP to add comments!

Comment by NavyDads Admin (Paul) 12 hours ago

RTC Reminder of the Day:

Guest access list, gate passes

There are no actual “tickets” or “invitations” for Pass-In-Review/Graduation. Rather, the recruits submit the names of their guests to be included on an access list. During their first week of training, they send home a form letter containing graduation information including the names of their intended guests. This letter is for your informational purposes only and not the official list of names. Only your recruit can make any changes to this list and they have up until two days prior to graduation to do so. Everyone needs to stay in communication with their recruits to confirm which names will be on the guest access list so be sure to write to them or discuss it during phone calls.

The list on the morning of graduation is firm and guests cannot swap out names should a guest on the list be unable to attend and another would like to take their place. There are no exceptions and all guests’ names MUST be on the list or they will not be allowed into the ceremony.

The gate pass is for your vehicle only if you intend to drive onto the base. It is not for each guest; it is for your vehicle only. The gate pass is available by downloading it from our website at and it is available beginning 11 days prior to your graduation date. You must use the password that only your recruit can provide. You cannot call RTC as no one will release it to you; only your recruit can do so. RTC is a restricted and all vehicles must have a gate pass to enter.

Comment by NavyDads Admin (Paul) yesterday

RTC Reminder of the Day:

Great Lakes Naval Museum: The Great Lakes Naval Museum is open to the public. If your recruit is staying in Great Lakes for their "A" School, they will spend a few hours checking into their new barracks right after graduation. In the meantime while you're waiting, feel free to visit the museum which is located just outside the front gate of the main entrance to Naval Station Great Lakes. For more information, please visit their Facebook page.

Government Organization
Great Lakes Naval Museum's photo.
Comment by NavyDads Admin (Paul) on Wednesday

RTC Reminder of the Day:

The amount of weekend liberty recruits have to spend with loved ones and friends depends on where they will be doing their “A” School.

For those staying in Great Lakes, they will transfer across the street to the main base where the schools are located right after the graduation ceremony. They will have a few minutes to chat with family before they must return to their barracks to pack up their belongings. Their check-in process can take a few hours and they typically are ready to be picked up around 3 p.m. They will then march to the front gate to meet their families and have the remainder of the weekend for liberty but they must return to the base each night. Families waiting for their recruits to finish the check-in process should be aware that they do not need to remain at RTC as, again, it will be quite a few hours before the recruits are ready to be picked up at the main gate on the other side of the base. Directions to that gate are available at the Public Affairs desk located in the lobby of the visitor’s center.

For those recruits going out of state for “A’ School, they typically fly out early Saturday morning and will only have Friday for liberty. Only they are able to give you their exact itinerary so if for whatever reason their flight isn’t until Sunday or Monday, only they will have that information. They mainly fly out the following day and many families will meet the recruits at the airport. Please note that these Sailors are traveling on Navy orders and are not allowed to leave the airport while awaiting their flight. This includes the O’Hare Hilton located at the airport; they are not permitted to visit the hotel.

Comment by Richard J. Ramirez on Sunday

Sam, glad to hear you got that first call from your son Kyle and good to hear about his progress.  Nearly two years into our Son's commitment (come November), we still dust off letters from him while he was at Basic when he visits us on leave and read them together. We'll keep Kyle and the rest of his shipmates in our prayers today.

Comment by Sam on Sunday
Got our first phone call yesterday from our son kyle it's the first call since 8/4/15 when he arrived in great lakes talked for about 20 minutes man it was great to hear from him sounds good he said days are going by faster now. Also said he loves regular pt but the pt x20 is brutal. Ship04 Div 325
Comment by NavyDads Admin (Paul) on August 21, 2015 at 10:56am

Today's RTC Daily Reminder


On graduation morning, the gate opens at 6:30 a.m. and the ceremony begins at 9 a.m., concluding at 10:30 a.m.

Guests must use Gate 8, located on Ohio Street, off Buckley Road and directly across from the Metra training station.

If you are driving onto the base, each vehicle must have a gate pass downloadable from our website using the password that only your recruit will provide. RTC is a restricted base and no other command base stickers are valid here. All vehicles MUST have a gate pass.

If you do not have a gate pass, you can either take a hotel shuttle or taxi to the gate and then it's only about a 100-yard walk to the visitors center for check-in.

Guests arriving after 9:15 a.m. will not be allowed into the drill hall for the ceremony and instead will be escorted to the chapel to watch the live stream. Late arriving guests are not allowed as we do not wish to disrupt the ceremony with guests arriving well after it has started and trying to find seating. Please allow plenty of travel time to arrive promptly and take into consideration that — depending on the size of the graduation — there can be anywhere from 1,500 to 4,000 guests all arriving in a short time span.

Comment by NavyDads Co-Admin, Jim on August 20, 2015 at 7:28pm

I remember those days and the letters Sam. I still have every letter that he wrote from boot camp. The rest of the waiting time until PIR will go fast!

Comment by Sam on August 20, 2015 at 5:36pm
Got the first letter from my son today. He's in his third week at Great lakes said he is doing good loves his uniform said he feels so proud to wear it. Iam so proud of my son. I can't wait until PIR 9/25/15
Comment by NavyDads Admin (Paul) on August 20, 2015 at 5:12pm

Today’s RTC Daily Reminder


The Public Affairs Office has two staff members that take random photos as time permits. The photos are random in that whichever divisions happen to be present when the photographers are out and about, those are ones photographed.

Unfortunately, we do not have the manpower to photograph all 75+ divisions in training at once during the eight short weeks they are here. The staff also has many other job responsibilities that many times take precedence over random photos as photography is not their sole duty.

We also do not take photo requests so posting a request will not cause the photographers to go seek out your division in particular. We respectfully ask that everyone please refrain from requesting specific divisions in posts and in private e-mails as well as asking us when we’re going to be taking photos. We do not have a set schedule for photos.

While we understand everyone is anxious to see a photo of their recruit, the recruits’ training takes priority and the photographers cannot be a distraction nor intrude on a division’s training. If a division is in the middle of an inspection in their compartment, the photographer will not take their photos. If a division’s RDCs do not want their division photographed because they are in the middle of a training lesson and the photographer would be a distraction, again, the photos will not be taken.

During the outdoor marching photos, should any recruits break their military bearing by making silly faces or smiling/laughing into the camera, those frames are deleted. If numerous recruits from the same division are doing this, the photographer will stop photographing that division altogether and this has happened a few times recently.

We do appreciate everyone’s patience and are grateful for all those who post kind words of praise for the photographers who do their best to photograph all they can in a week’s time in addition to other photo/story assignments.

Comment by Mark Andreatta on August 16, 2015 at 11:21pm

Thanks for all the info.  I got a call from my recruit yesterday morning.  We got to talk for about 30 minutes, which was a real treat.  He told me he bought a watch at the Base exchange.  He was excited about the SMAT that is coming up next week.  He said things were going well and that his division (299)  is really coming together.  They just got their second round of haircuts and they all went with the "high and tight". HIs sense of humor is as active as it every was.  He is really starting to make some friends and is looking forward to A school in San Antonio for MA training, several guys in his division are headed there as well.


Welcome To Navy Dads

NavyDads Mission is to Provide Support, Encouragement, and Knowledge to Sailors and their Families throughout their Journey together in the United States Navy.

NavyDads Sponsors




Google-Based NavyDads Search

  only search NavyDads

© 2015   Created by E.G. - ND's Creator/Admin.

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service