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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: 1369
Latest Activity: yesterday

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 14, Div 328, PIR 17OCT2014

Started by Jim Bair. Last reply by Jim Bair yesterday. 1 Reply

SHIP 04, DIV 287, PIR 2014-09-12

Started by Tom Keller on Saturday. 0 Replies

Ship 02 Div 945 PIR 09192014

Started by Bill Fort. Last reply by Ken Modrell on Friday. 20 Replies

Ship 04, Div 819, PIR 26SEP14

Started by Brian L. McKeon on Tuesday. 0 Replies

Div 944, Ship 02, PIR Sept 12

Started by Aaron Anthony MacRogers. Last reply by Timothy Hunt Aug 25. 3 Replies

Comment Wall


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Comment by NavyDads Admin (Paul) yesterday

the secret to the site is to click things!!!  Almost anything in BLUE is a link that will take you somewhere else.  And when you start to think about PIR, be sure to explore our PIR group and we have lots of hints and helps and links there to help with planning and learning what to expect when you get to Great Lakes-

Comment by Eric Mount yesterday
The next two months will go by in a heartbeat. Hang in there. Write write and write some more. Keep your phone with you. The Navy is going to take good care of your child and make them a much better person!
Comment by Tom L yesterday

Hang in there Chris.....You will learn to be patient over the next few weeks while you are waiting for the box, the Form Letter, phone calls, etc. It is the worst part of Basic...the waiting! I promise you that the "roller coaster ride" is well worth it. On the day of P.I.R., you will feel a moment of pride like no other in your life!!! Know that you are not alone and we have all gone through it. Use this site for support and any answers that you may seek....not only through Basic, but for the years to come. Welcome to the Navy family!!!!

Comment by Chris musskopf yesterday
I thank you guys for all the confident comments and I'm sorry if I don't get back to you sooner, I'm still trying to figure out this site. I go into discussions, blogs, and groups and I'm am a little list still, but I'm sure I'll get better at it. I did just join the navy dad's boot camp, so hopefully this will be a good start.
Comment by NavyDads Admin (Paul) yesterday

Chris- we were all new to this at one time or another.....keep the faith dude!  The mantra to learn right now is "no news is good news"

Comment by Jim Bair yesterday

Chris musskopf....No worries. Our son got to GL on Monday Aug 18th and we got the box on the following Monday the 25th. And the box only had to go to Columbus, Oh so not very far at all..So you are still in the timeline.

Comment by Chris musskopf yesterday
I am new to this site. My daughter left for boot camp on august 26th and we haven't received her box yet. Kind of confused and worried. Hope all is well with her.. Proud father of a sailor.
Comment by NavyDads Admin (Paul) on Saturday

Reminder for you near the end of Boot Camp it is time to start thinking about PIR.  Visit our PIR group and consider joining for tons of hints and helps to make your PIR experience most memorable! Click the link:

Comment by Scott johnson on Friday

My boy called its official a sailor fo the US navy!!!! His division is hall of fame division he said for the time being he said that they could lose that if they screw up but hopefully th wont Congras to al in PIR date 09/05/14 and all before and after his graduating class!!!!

Comment by Ed Guyer on Friday
I officially have a sailor

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