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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

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.

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Comment by Merrill Tucker on February 28, 2012 at 7:59pm

Thank you all for your information and support.  Our daughter who is in Ship 05 is now coming home tomorrow.  They were going to send her to where she inducted even though she was asked about her preference.  We spoke with the VA who knew who to contact and get results. They are assisting her with making sure she gets all her medical records.  We will go from there.  Right now she is not certain if she will try again.  My personal thoughts are she will.  She did inherit persistence. 

Comment by Michael VanDeMar on February 28, 2012 at 12:18pm

Great news from my son, Congrats to 09/088 as they rcvd a 4.75 on their compartment inspection. He also earned individual honors for accuracy in the use of the 9mm and shotgun. looking forward to 3/16/12 

Comment by Todd S on February 28, 2012 at 12:03pm

I need to weigh in on the discussion about recruiters. I am happy to say that my son had nothing but a great experience with his recruiting office. Every Monday he had to phone in to tell them he managed to stay out of trouble over the weekend. Most Tuesdays and Thursdays they had non mandatory meetings with the whole group of recruits. They would do a variety of discussion and team building activities including flag football and such. They also learned how to march and recite the creed and all. My hat is off to the Oregon City, OR Navy recruiters! They kept my SR focussed for the 6 months of delayed entry!

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 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.


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