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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


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

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

Battle Stations...

Started by Rich Huelbig. Last reply by NavyDads Admin (Paul) on Wednesday. 1 Reply

Boot Camp arrival April 16th

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RTC Facebook

Started by Rich Huelbig Apr 12. 0 Replies

My son arrived at GL RTC 7 Apr last night

Started by James Potter. Last reply by NavyDads Admin (Paul) Apr 10. 3 Replies


Started by Rich Huelbig. Last reply by george lupo Apr 10. 2 Replies

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Comment by Joe on January 4, 2010 at 6:26am
I will be attending PIR 8 Jan 10 looking for a good steak house in the area. Congrats to all the new sailors. Thanks Again
Comment by NavyDads Admin (Paul) on January 4, 2010 at 5:03am
Steve...if he is grad-n-go you may literally only have minutes with be flexible. We have one dad here that got about 5 minutes with his daughter....but would not have missed the experience for the world.
Comment by MarkM on January 4, 2010 at 12:21am
My son asked for his contacts, a warm solo shower and Chicago pizza. LOL
Comment by Gingerman357 on January 4, 2010 at 12:03am
My son, James, worked for the last several years as a waiter in a couple of very fancy restaurants in Savannah and in Washington DC. He developed champagne tastes with our root beer budget.
He's already said that the food is good in BC, but that what he wants when he graduates is to go to a really good restaurant and get a gourmet meal.
Does anyone know any place near Great Lakes that we could go to? He is probably Grad and go, so we won't have much time.
Comment by MarkM on January 3, 2010 at 10:51pm
I have a close friend that has lived in Chicago her whole life. This is her recommendation for Chicago pizza.

For the true Chicago style pizza experience, you have to go to Lou Malnati’s. They have the best stuffed pizza EVER! They have a many locations, this one seems to be the closest to the base: 85 S. Buffalo Grove Road, Buffalo Grove, IL 60089 (847) 215-7100. Their website is:"
Comment by David on January 3, 2010 at 2:46pm
We got our Battle Stations call on last Wednesday afternoon. (12-30-2009)
Mom got off the cell phone and said "Congratulations we have a baby squid!"
We laughed and went back to driving.
I guess that is what you get when you have a Marine Corporal who has done a couple of tours in the Sand.
Comment by Norman Cantrelle on January 3, 2010 at 1:41pm
I appreciate the info. All my real cold weather clothes are camo for duck hunting which I wouldn't think would be a good idea to wear.
Comment by Jim Butler on January 3, 2010 at 11:38am
Hey Norman, back to the clothes deal...I just came in from plowing the 12" we got over the past day. What I wear ain't pretty, but it works. For my hat, I take a ballcap, and then put a navy watch cap on top of the ball cap. Best of both worlds...visor on the ball cap keeps the snow out of my eyes, and the watch cap on top pulls down over my ears...toasty warm, and wicked cheap too :)
I buy the watch caps at Wally World for about $2.99 ;)
Gloves are easy, then all you need is some jackets. Whoever pointed out the windbreaker is spot on...that's the biggest problem, wind bleeds the heat right out of your clothes, so you can do a cheap windbreaker over some layers of fleece or sweatshirts, and you'll be in pretty good shape.
Hate to see anyone put out big $$$ for something you may only use this once.

Comment by Steven S on January 3, 2010 at 11:19am
This one works guys... The Silo
Comment by Norman Cantrelle on January 3, 2010 at 11:19am
Thanks for the info. The Silo sounds like what we are looking for. I can eat at a Chili's or an Outback at home. We would like to try somethinf with a local flavor.

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