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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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Comment by NavyDads Admin (Paul) on January 1, 2010 at 11:02am
check out PBS.ORG and look for CARRIER....3 DVD set, about 10 hours covering all aspects of the Nimitiz's '05 cruise...great series and you get a sense of what months on a carrier are really like
Comment by Steven S on January 1, 2010 at 10:39am
Ya'll might be interested in these programs on TV today. "At Sea" on the Military channel, Direct TV 287, today from 12p to 3p. There are 3 different programs scheduled regarding US Navy ops from aviation to "under the sea"... I've got the DVR programed so maybe we can learn some things here.

Happy New Year to you all!

PIR 2/5/10
Comment by MarkM on January 1, 2010 at 12:29am
Carlos, if he is in bootcamp, he can't see your message. They don't have internet access or cell phones.
Comment by Carlos Perez on December 31, 2009 at 9:20pm
Gustavo, I believe in you 200% and you know sometimes you know you have people who love you, have the opportunity, the decision is yours, follow your heart, the message I send is a reflection, Walker has way the road becomes walking. God bless you. your father, broki, hey pipe

When the sky is gray: Remember when you saw a deep blue.
When you feel cold: Think of a radiant sun that has warmed you already.
When you suffer a defeat, remember your triumphs and your achievements.
When you need love: Relive your experiences of affection and tenderness.Remember what you lived and what they have given with joy.
Remember the gifts I have, the kisses you've been given, that you enjoyed the scenery and the laughter that you have emanated.
If this has been what can I have and what you have achieved, and we can win again.
Rejoice for the good you have and what of the others discarded sad and painful memories, do not hurt yourself more.Think about the good, lovely, beautiful and in truth.
Run your life and stop where there are beautiful memories and emotions and live healthy again. Visualize that you touched that evening.
Relive the spontaneous caress you were given.
Enjoy peace again you've known, think and live well.

There in your mind all the images are stored.
And only you decide what you re looking ...
And so a day like any other, I decided to succeed. decided not to wait for opportunities but myself to look.
I decided to see every problem as an opportunity to find the solution.
I decided to see each desert, like the opportunity to find an oasis.
I decided to watch every night, like a mystery to solve.
I decided to see each day as a new chance at happiness.

That day I discovered that my only rival, was not only my own weaknesses.
And in them, is the only and best way to improve ourselves.That day I left for fear of losing, and I began to fear not win.
I learned how difficult it is to reach the top, but never stop rising.
I learned that the best win we can have is to have the right to call someone a "friend".
I learned that it is useless to be light, if you're not going to light the way of others.
That day I learned that dreams are only to be realized.

So, from that day to rest and not sleep.
I sleep just to dream.
Do not lose hope, especially in difficult times.
Comment by Gingerman357 on December 31, 2009 at 6:55pm

I hope I didn't come off as a wise-ass, I really think they're taking care of our kids out there.

James is on Ship 12/Div o83
Comment by Bob Kline on December 31, 2009 at 4:22pm
Steve, what Ship/Division is your son in?
Comment by Gingerman357 on December 31, 2009 at 10:10am
Bob, it's not an experiment. The Trainers know what they're doing; they just don't know for sure what the recruits are going to do in a given situation, so they test them and test them again. Our kids stopped being kids when they got on the bus. They're grownups now who are responsible for their own actions and reactions, and we can't do a darned thing for them. This is driving me crazy. I'm a clingy old woman where my kids are concerned, but at the very least, I'm 600 miles away, and can't do anything.

My son was the most cynical person I knew prior to going to BC. He's only been there since Dec. 8. In that time, we got three phone calls: two because the security people needed more information for his security clearance, and one for 1/2 hour the day after Christmas. The first two scared me. We weren't supposed to be hearing from him, and I thought the worst: he was hurt or washed out or something. The calls were less than 5 minutes, and he said,"I can't talk, just give me the information." I figured there was a Petty Officer there making sure he didn't take too long or get conversational.

It turned out, he was the Petty Officer (recruit). It was his job to see that no one talked too long, and he had to set the example.

In the 1/2 hour call he told me that the Trainers are the best people in the Navy, and that he respects them more than anyone he's met before. This isn't typical of this cynical S.O.B. I've never heard such from him before. He might have felt it, but he never expressed it. He displayed respect, but didn't talk about how good the people were.

I feel that my son is in good hands, and being taken care of. I bet your daughter is too. I hope that he's able to make the most of it, and there's still a long time to go to see if it all works out. The RTC people want him to succeed, and they're helping him in every way. His training PO ran beside him in the PT run test, and saw to it that he kept up the pace and passed it. They've all been there and they're going to help.
Comment by Bob Kline on December 31, 2009 at 12:03am
Boy, am I ever learning that that is the truth! It will be interesting to see what happens next. I suppose that my greatest discomfort is that I don't really want to see my daughter treated as a guinea pig in some great psychological experiment. She's a real live human being possessing all of the emotions the rest of us have. I'm assuming that the RDCs have been trained to know when to let up when they see that someone has had just about all that they can take. Perhaps that could be the reason why we have had the benefit of more calls home than we would normally receive. However, to expect that I or the rest of the family will be there at all times to shore her up emotionally seems to me to be an unrealistic burden for the Navy to put on the Recruit or the family. Crimony, what if I were on an important conference call with a client or something when she called? I can't just drop everything to serve as counselor and confessor. I have a job to do too.
Comment by MarkM on December 30, 2009 at 11:31pm
Bob, just remember, there is the right way; the wrong way; and the Navy way.
Comment by Bob Kline on December 30, 2009 at 11:21pm
Thank you Mark. I was thinking along the same lines and sent an encouraging letter basically telling her to treat it all as a learning experience. The Lord (and the Navy) move in mysterious ways!

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