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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

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

Got a phone call YEA!!!!!!

Started by Daron. Last reply by Mike Sagawinit yesterday. 6 Replies

Ship 12 Div 036

Started by Frank Giordano. Last reply by James B on Tuesday. 1 Reply

Bring On The Next Adventure

Started by David Oelker. Last reply by Paul Barger Oct 23. 8 Replies

SR Not Passing PFA

Started by Pedro Barez. Last reply by B'sNukemom&dad⚓️Prototype1401S8G Oct 13. 13 Replies

Comment Wall


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Comment by Paul Barger yesterday

willie we are just getting ready to leave for Chicago. from Indiana. maybe we will see you at the Sarges get together tonight. we only have a 4 hour drive. Looking forward to watching 821 graduate tomorrow. Several awards for that Spec Op group this go around very proud.

Comment by Willie Thomas, Jr on Thursday
Just arrived in Chicago and at Navy Lodge. Can't wait to see my Son and his fellow Seamen at PIR on 10/31.
Bravo Zulu.
Comment by NavyDads Admin (Paul) on Thursday

Here is division 355

Comment by Paul Barger on Wednesday

I just heard that the PIR 10/31, this friday the captains cup winner was the spec ops group Div 821. if you are attending this Fridays PIR see ya there and also at Sarges meet and Greet tomorrow.

Comment by NavyDads Admin (Paul) on Monday

Paul: from RTC's website:

Wheelchairs are available on a first-come, first-served basis when guests check in at the Visitor Center. There is limited handicapped-designated seating on the drill deck. One family member may accompany a handicapped family member in this area.

Comment by Paul Reeder on Monday

I was shocked but thrilled that I've already had 2 calls from my son. One last saturday which was only 10 days since he left! And another yesterday. Have already sent a few letters, now just waiting for one from him so can hear more about his experiences in more detail since the call time is so short. PIR is 12-05-14 and have just booked a room. Thanks to all the discussions and reviews here, have chosen one close to sarge's meet and greet. One question I do have is about wheel chair accessibility. My dad would love to go but due to the amount of walking that will be involved, is not sure he can handle that. Does anyone know if there are any restrictions on wheel chairs at PIR ? 

Comment by bobby lynch on October 21, 2014 at 5:11am
This adopt a sailor is just for people in a school or boot camp
Comment by NavyDads Admin (Paul) on October 21, 2014 at 4:54am

Adopt A Sailor Form Adopt-a-Sailor-Form.pdf

Comment by Wayne Clark on October 18, 2014 at 2:24pm
Any Captains Cup updates yet?
Comment by Marshall on October 17, 2014 at 2:26pm

Thanks so much for the quick answer! 


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