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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

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Comment Wall


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Comment by Rick Sandoval on February 28, 2012 at 11:11am

I am so sorry this is happening Merrill. Every once in a while something like this happens. Please keep the faith and try to not let your fustration overwhelm your thinking. As I stated in an earilier message, I had separated my shoulder in Army basic and was released on a medical. I required surgery to fix it. I kept all my documents through the Freedom of Information Act. After recovery I worked hard to build up my arm and shoulder. I researched what was "medically requied" for reentry. All the while I kept in contact with my congressmen, senators, and anyone else who I thought would have an impact on my reentry attempt. It took me a year but I finally made it and retired 24 years later. So Merrill, DO NOT GIVE UP! Your daughter may feel depressed and upset enough without you feeding into it. Support her and tell her it is not the end. Only the beginning of a long fight to get to where she wants to be. Mostly don't let her quit or give up on her dream. This is just a speed bump. They can either slow you down or stop you. YOU two make the decision. Good luck to the both of you. I want you to know that as a Veteran, I am very proud of ANY son or daughter who makes the decision to serve their country. Pass or not. - Rick

Comment by Merrill Tucker on February 28, 2012 at 10:20am

Spoke with Out Processing.  They will not tell us her itinerary at all.   They did say they were aware of her request to be sent to Minneapolis. Stating privacy issues.

Deborah signed a release for information for legal and medical but we were advised that those did not apply to travel information.  The stereotypical government employee comes to mind.

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 NavyDads Co-Admin, Jim on February 28, 2012 at 8:36am

We can tell that you're frustrated Merrill. But there is only so much that you can do now. Just follow the rules and hopefully she can give it another go. Keep us posted on how this all comes out.

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.


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