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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


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

Division graduation at PIR

Started by Chad Anderson. Last reply by Chad Anderson on Wednesday. 10 Replies

Battle Stations 21

Started by Chad Anderson. Last reply by Chad Anderson on Tuesday. 7 Replies

The Journey Begins

Started by Scott Mitchell. Last reply by Scott Mitchell Jan 31. 8 Replies

First Day of Boot Camp January 8th

Started by Terry Suttle. Last reply by John DeNardo Jan 25. 24 Replies

possible call for ship 3 Division 093

Started by Joshua Godden. Last reply by Joshua Godden Jan 18. 1 Reply

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Comment by Chad Anderson on February 16, 2015 at 6:47pm

Good times!!  He graduates next Friday, the 27th!!  Can't wait to get that call saying he's a Sailor!!

Comment by Gary Ray on February 13, 2015 at 9:47am

Roy and Chad - Our son had the same experience. His frustration continued through A-school and to some degree continues to this day with his first duty station (apparently, day shift doesn't do much work while he and his buddies on night shift do the bulk of it). I have tried to explain that not everyone had a father like me. A father who taught their kids responsibility, working hard and doing their best are three things that will carry them a long way in this life. It seems that you guys are a couple of fathers who taught your kids the same kinds of things. I applaud you! Bravo Zulu!

Comment by Roy B on February 13, 2015 at 8:55am

Chad- We received 3 letter yesterday also. Our son said the same thing about his division. very frustrating for him because ever since he was 10 years old he has made his bed washed his clothes cleaning his room. OCD maybe and he like thing structured. I think he will made a good military man and a great leader one day. But I am his dad.

Comment by Chad Anderson on February 13, 2015 at 8:35am

I received 3 letters from my Son yesterday.  He was commenting on how he did perfect on the shake downs and such.  His Senior Chief in JROTC taught him well.  He just wishes the rest of his division would work more as a team.  Very frustrating for him. 

Comment by NavyDads Admin (Paul) on February 10, 2015 at 7:50pm

Michael- you should get the letter any day

Comment by NavyDads Admin (Paul) on January 27, 2015 at 7:12pm

from RTC:

Congratulations to this week’s winners of Captain’s Cup. Div. 805 took top honors in the non-integrated divisions while Div. 084 dominated in the integrated divisions.

What is Captain’s Cup?

Captain’s Cup is a fun, friendly athletic event held on the Saturday before graduation. The divisions that are set to graduate later in the week get a free morning to kick back and enjoy some fun competition between the divisions in their training group. It’s like recess for recruits.

Events include basketball, volleyball, relay races, tug-of-war, sit-ups, push-ups and more. There is a winning division for the non-integrated (all-male) divisions, and one winning division in the integrated (male/female) divisions. Each winning division receives a traveling trophy to display in their ship as well as a Captain’s Cup flag that they will carry and display during graduation.

Captain’s Cup gives the recruits the opportunity to display their athleticism they have built up during boot camp. They are all running around laughing, gulping Gatorade, cheering on their division, throwing their arms up in victory, and laughing more.

So, on the Saturday morning before graduation if you’re wondering what your recruit is doing, he or she is running around with a huge smile on his/her face.

Comment by David McNeill on January 23, 2015 at 10:24pm

Thank you gentlemen.

Comment by NavyDads Admin (Paul) on January 23, 2015 at 9:08pm

official RTC uniform policy:

Uniform of the Day

All Pass-in-Reviews at Recruit Training Command are formal ceremonies.
Military personnel participating in the ceremony shall wear the seasonally appropriate ceremonial uniform. Military personnel who arrive as guests shall wear the service dress uniform or service dress uniform equivalent. Military members who arrive in working uniforms will not be permitted inside the drill hall.

SUMMER: Summer Whites with ribbons for E-7 and above; Service Dress Whites with ribbons for E-6 and below.
WINTER: Dress Blues with ribbons.

Note: Working Uniforms (NWU, MARPAT, ACU, ABU, ODU) are not authorized uniforms for Pass-In-Review. 

Comment by NavyDads Co-Admin, Jim on January 23, 2015 at 9:01pm

Marvin is 100% correct! Tell him to wear his uniform with pride!

Comment by Marvin on January 23, 2015 at 8:49pm
Hell yeah it is OK. They will even ask for all serving, and veterans to please stand to be recognized.

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