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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: 1668
Latest Activity: 19 hours ago

Boot Camp Forum, Helpful Links and Videos

Something you should know about ADD and ADHD 

Moment of Truth - First week of Boot Camp

Complete Family Guide to Boot Camp and Pass in Review (PIR)

Complete List of Navy Boot Camp FAQ's - Need to Knows

A run down of how the divisions are formed

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!


We talk about Holiday Routine at Boot Camp - here's the skinny

Sunday/Holiday Routine allows recruits to attend religious services and observe Federal holidays. From 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. recruits are able to: attend religious services, read and study, hygiene, perform uniform upkeep, write and read letters, or clean their rack and personal locker.

Discussion Forum


Started by John Alan DeMarco 19 hours ago. 0 Replies

An easier way to write to your recruit.

Started by Carlos Acosta. Last reply by Suzanne Gotesky Nov 22. 1 Reply

Leaving soon for Boot Camp

Started by Jan Fehner. Last reply by Susan Kiely Nov 16. 11 Replies

First Letter

Started by Mark. Last reply by Darran Prince Oct 10. 10 Replies


Started by John Alan DeMarco. Last reply by Navy Dads Co-Admin Tom Sep 21. 2 Replies

Comment Wall


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Comment by Merrill Tucker on February 28, 2012 at 10:15am


We have spoken to her about that.  She has asked.  No response to her request for her paperwork. 

Comment by Craig on February 28, 2012 at 10:12am


Besides doing what the others say (contacting the Representative or Congressman) you need to do something WAY more important.  When you daughter calls make dang sure you tell her to keep all of her paperwork.  Since this wasn't a pre-existing condition she can file for VA compensation.  This is money she is entitled to.  All she needs to do is contact your local DAV office (or others) and ask for assistance in filing a VA claim.  The DAV is totally awesome! and it's free.

Comment by Randy on February 28, 2012 at 10:05am
I too am sorry Merill.
Comment by Tom Torrella on February 28, 2012 at 8:59am
Some people should find a new job versus doing it poorly. The recruiters in our office here either were lazy or incompetent. Maybe both. Seems both had a severe case of short-timers attitude. They never returned calls or deleted voice mail which was often full. Just glad my son had patience & saw through their dereliction. That was his first lesson with the Navy, patience & perseverance. There are many good skilled sailors doing a fine job!
Comment by Merrill Tucker on February 28, 2012 at 6:48am

You are correct.  My apologizes.  My issue lies directly with the situation and personnel involved.  Not to extend that issue to the whole.  Think first, type second, review third, then erase and do again.

Comment by NavyDads Admin (Paul) on February 28, 2012 at 5:23am

to say you've lost respect for the armed forces is very short may have lost respect for command and the way they handled things, but please do not disparage the dedication and sacrifice of the thousands of sailors, soldiers and airmen that put their lives on the line every day.

Comment by Merrill Tucker on February 28, 2012 at 5:16am

Spoke with medical, legal and SEPS.  Even asked them to have our daughter call back the other day.  No call.  No idea if she received the message or not. Spoke with someone last night that provided us with a contact in Out Processing.  Also was advised by VA that she get her medical packet and hand carry it out with her.  My wife has contacted the office of Michele Bachmann.  I had a lot of respect for the armed services until this occurred.

Comment by Chris H. on February 27, 2012 at 8:40pm

Contact your CONGRESSMAN, unless they're on vacation.  :) 

Comment by NavyDads Admin (Paul) on February 27, 2012 at 7:57pm

Address as "SR"

Comment by NavyDads Admin (Paul) on February 27, 2012 at 7:52pm

Merrill....Not sure what kind of help you are seeking...if you cannot get an answer, call your congressman- they can usually get an answer


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