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Navy Boot Camp: Questions & Answers to what your Sailor will be doing at Recruit Training Command (RTC) Great Lakes, IL.

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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 -
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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


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Comment by Scott Pellerito on January 2, 2010 at 1:38pm
Mark, great post. My son has been Dep'd for almost one year for a guarenteed A-School (MAA). He also had been in the USN Sea Cadets since 10 yrs. old. Most of the "easy" stuff he learned in the Cadets. He has also spent the last five years at RTC for the Sea Cadet Boot Camp. He cannot wait for this Monday to arrive. At that point, he is with the USN and not home anymore. Parents must look at the USN life a little different and it is ONLY 8 weeks. They need to look at it as an extended summer camp with skills they will need for the rest of their careers. Parents must also understand the USN will teach them everything the Navy way as this is what they will need as 18yr olds operating Billion Dollars worth of equipment.

In closing, the US Navy has been very successful in they way they handle RTC (Boot Camp) just look around the world, where else could you get a bunch of 18yr olds to operate a Naval Ship, Plane, or anything else for that matter.
Comment by Dan (Zach's Dad) on January 2, 2010 at 12:28pm
Mark - Great Post! The only thing the recruiter told my son to study in DEP was his General Orders and the Ranks of the USN. :) Zach did say when he got in it helped a lot!
Comment by Gingerman357 on January 2, 2010 at 12:21pm
The only method of contact for emergency is through the Red Cross. Right now the Navy Boot Camp site is down, so I can't give you the reference. This is the ONLY way permitted.
Comment by greg delany on January 2, 2010 at 12:09pm
Hey guys maybe I am not wording this correctly. My son
spent the last seven months in DEP getting ready for boot camp and is loving every minute of it. His recruter gave him the web link to get the course study material for HM A-school. It came complete with questions and answers and it was full of additional study references. We are only looking for someone who has been through A-school as a corpsman to help us find out the order they might begin with in school. We don't want him studying EMT work if they are going to start with Anatomy and Physiology. Anitoli is prepared for A-school but he wants to try for Seaman to Admiral and if he places in the top of his class it makes it easier. We are trying to help him where we can. My father was 28 years Master Chief. I am familiar with the Navy too, but one thing I know for sure is that if you want something bad enough you will work for it and not wait for someone to drop it in your lap. Go Navy

Comment by Carlos Perez on January 2, 2010 at 11:16am
Mark, I am Professional Counselor, working for Job Corps for 29 years and 10 months, called me yesterday to tell me that my child is in hospital, said he would call me back for the results of the studies, but still not known, as you can see in my post I turn to my son but the other sons of the companions who have their child in boot camp are reflections of support, which request was that if you could only have the information of some phones by Minister or counsejero to see how this and send him a Bible as a Professional Counselor and Father am one of those who care for their children no matter where they are still instructions that I am a role model for young, where they are taught social skills, independent living skills and employability skills, all lessons are good but how can you go and mention it with respect, in the Bible The Lord tells us that we must leave the children to fly, even so no matter how old you have one father no longer there is the right way, the wrong way, and the Navy way. I miss you mention it the hand of God. God Bless.
Comment by Brian on January 2, 2010 at 11:10am
AMEN Mark - you echoed my sentiment exactly, I could never get into the Navy due to BAD hearing at age 18 - LOL! - But I come from a Navy family, Great Grand Dad, Grand Dad, All Uncle's and my Father... So I know the drill, in the long run - our kids are better off - period. It's less than 90 days folks - we will miss them ALOT more later in life, for MORE than 90 days....
I love my kid to death - but no one is prouder of her than I am...\
Comment by MarkM on January 2, 2010 at 10:13am
Oh, and one more thing. Don't try to figure out the Navy. There is the "right way, wrong way and the Navy way". They do things their own way. It may not make sense to you, but I can assure you they have a good reason for doing it the way they do, albeit sometimes it is just tradition.
Comment by MarkM on January 2, 2010 at 10:00am
Ok guys, let me give you a "Navy 101" class. I was in the Navy for 11 years, so I can give some insight.

First of all, I am really shocked at some of the posts on here and on Navy4Moms. It sounds like many parents never spoke to the recruiter or watched the videos they have on Navy life. If would have made life much easier on you.

Here goes:

1) Your kids is in bootcamp. It is designed to break them down and build them back up into Sailors that don't question authority; not afraid to lead; and are trained to perform under the most strenuous of circumstances. They didn't sign up for a 9-5 job. One mother got a letter that her 'precious Johnny' didn't like it, can't handle it and wants out. They will let him out, but with a General Discharge, not Honorable and that will follow him the rest of his life. He is only a couple of weeks into this. Parents need to encourage them and ignore when they is normal.

2) Carlos, you can only contact your kid while they are in bootcamp via mail. You are not to call there and they won't let you speak to your kid unless there is a serious family issue, then you must go through the Red Cross.

3) Bootcamp is Bootcamp - they have no life and it is intended that way. A-school is a different matter. They now have a life. They can call whenever they want; they get liberty (get to leave base and have a good time). They will earn more privileges as they complete the "phases" of indoc (indoctrination) onto the base and into the program. Many will be put "on hold" while they wait for enough students to start a new class. During this time, they will clean, mow, paint and anything else they can do to be kept busy. The base has an education office that can help them with college classes if they desire. This is more appropriate for kids in the advanced rates with 2 year schools. THERE IS NOTHING FOR THEM TO STUDY IN ADVANCE. The Navy has set ways of teaching and training and there is no "do it on your own" . The schools are hard enough, they don't need to be looking to make it harder.

I hope this helps.
Comment by NavyDads Admin (Paul) on January 2, 2010 at 9:59am
I guess when in doubt start at the beginning and go towards the end...worked in general for me through 600-level grad courses in biochem......
If he is grad-n-go to A-school he can probably keep the guide...if he needs to stay at RTC for awhile, he probably will not be able to keep it
Comment by greg delany on January 2, 2010 at 9:01am
Wow you guys are depressing me. If Anitoli gets put on hold for HM A-school, there is a reasorse that the Navy gives us to study the couse work.


However, we were looking for information on ths class schedules so he studies the information in the order it will be taught. If there are any Corpsman that have completed the schooling and can give us advise we would love to hear from you.
The study guide for the HM training was last printed in 2003 so it might be outdated alittle , but I am sure they review the same material today. We are planning on taking the printed study guide with us to graduation and wanted to know if Anitoli will be able to keep it after he graduates Boot Camp or will the Navy still say no-way?


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