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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.

Discussion Forum


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An easier way to write to your recruit.

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Leaving soon for Boot Camp

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First Letter

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Comment by John G. White on August 15, 2009 at 1:25pm
Thanks everyone for the responses. Brendan's mom got the "box" the on Thursday (day 4 at boot camp) and I received the "letter" regarding graduation and this gave me the address. Mailed out 2 letters today, and his mom got a 2 minutes phone call on Friday 5th day of p week). Great to see others who are going through and have gone through this... Thanks Everyone!!

Comment by Paul (Zac's Dad FC) on August 15, 2009 at 10:15am
Just got a 20 minute call. Zac sounds like he is doing well. He was worried about the swim, but said he passed with flying colors. He says the whole division has been sick. He said all but the petty officers, they keep yelling at them to stay away. He said their division is not the best at teamwork. I think there are some that really don't want to be there and don't really care about everyone else. He said the food is ok. Breakfast is boring (eating the same thing every morning) and lunch and dinner were pretty good. Monday is day 3-3.
Comment by Ken G Chartrey on August 14, 2009 at 10:11pm
Two weeks till graduation. Brandon is on schedule. Received a letter the other day and said things are going great. His company (941) is doing really well on the inspection and what ever. Said there scores have been off the charts. There division has a chance of receiving the Hall of Fame award. Does anyone out there know exactly what that award is. Sounds kinda special. Well one week and Battle Station 21. We're wishing him well.
Comment by Andrew Ross on August 14, 2009 at 7:35pm
We just got a letter from my son today. He has been assigned Port Watch Section Leader (PWSL), but, as of August 9th, he was still in "P-hold." Is this typical?
Comment by Paul (Zac's Dad FC) on August 14, 2009 at 9:22am
Ron..That's funny. Kind of the same thing with the last letter. 6 letters in one. He said on the bottom of one for his signature "I Love You Mommy."
Comment by Larry Huffman on August 14, 2009 at 8:40am like Brandon is getting exactly what boot camp is supposed to be. That, "why am I here?" mixed with "I am going to do this!".
Comment by Paul (Zac's Dad FC) on August 13, 2009 at 9:48pm
Just got our 2nd letter. A six pager. Sounds like Zac is doing good in bootcamp. He's made some friends and his bunk mate's mother is a friend of my wife's at navymoms. Can't wait to be there next month for the PIR on the 11th.
Comment by David R on August 12, 2009 at 11:56pm
John; they normally only get time to write on Sundays, and even that is up in the air. Any and all privliges must be earned, and it doesn't take much in the 1st few weeks to screw-up. Right or wrong if one screws up often all pay the price. They learn teamwork sometimes the hard way.
Comment by Gary T. on August 12, 2009 at 6:55pm
John it only gets better. If you haven't started writing letters do so. Show your support and wait for the change. You will see it all the day of P.I.R.. Hang in there and enjoy the ride. Gary T.
Comment by John G. White on August 12, 2009 at 6:49pm
Thanks everyone for the continued feed about our young men in uniform. 2nd day for my son at RTC in Great Lakes, haven't heard from him yet, but of course missing him greatly!!

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