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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!


Discussion Forum

SHIP 09 DIV 308 PIR 10/03/2014

Started by Ron Cihak. Last reply by Ron Cihak 18 hours ago. 13 Replies

PIR Oct.31

Started by Tony graham. Last reply by Richard Haddox yesterday. 23 Replies

PIR 10/24/14 SHIP 02 DIV 950

Started by Wayne Clark. Last reply by Wayne Clark on Monday. 5 Replies

Under the radar...

Started by Kevin P. O'Connor. Last reply by Kevin P. O'Connor Sep 24. 2 Replies

Ship 02 Div 945 PIR 09192014

Started by Bill Fort. Last reply by Ken Modrell Sep 23. 61 Replies

Comment Wall


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Comment by John Alexander 5 hours ago
I believe we got reservations for the comfort inn that is in Gurnee. We will get up there in time tomorrow to ride by the base and see where we go to get in. I planned on getting there as soon as the gate opened so maybe the line wont be too long. My daughter said she wont know when she flies out until tomorrow so I dont know how long we will have with her before she ships to a school.
Comment by Bill 5 hours ago

Feel free to ask away. We stayed at the residence inn which was nice. They had a grill that we cooked dinner on Saturday night instead of going out. Our sailor really loved the home cooked meal instead of going out, that was for certain.

Comment by John Alexander 5 hours ago
Alright I appreciate the info! I have actually only traveled out of Texas a couple times in my life so I need all the help I can get.
Comment by Bill 5 hours ago

If you're looking for a nice place to eat I heard Jimmy's Charhouse in Liberyville was really good from a few people. We went to Steven's in Gurnee and the food was OK but the service was horrible.

Comment by John Alexander 5 hours ago
I appreciate it! I will do. Its very exciting for sure!
Comment by Bill 5 hours ago

Congratulations John, we were just there last weekend watching our sailor graduate. Enjoy your time with your new sailor and take lots of pics.

Comment by John Alexander 5 hours ago
Well got the call from my daughter earlier today to say that she made it and she is now a sailor! We are end route from Texas to see her graduate friday. I couldn't be prouder of her and cant wait to see her friday!!!
Comment by John Alexander on Sunday
Just got another call from our SR today! On pace to graduate next Friday! Will be heading out of texas starting next wednesday!
Comment by Ron Shugan on September 25, 2014 at 9:18pm
Thanks everyone! Very proud day for our family. Andrew left today for boot camp!
Comment by Paul Barger on September 25, 2014 at 9:15pm

My son was the oldest as well. Thanks for the well wishes, he will do fine he just has not found his calling yet. I guess God has something else planned for him.


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