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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

 Moment of Truth - First week of Boot Camp

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

(PIR) Pass in Review Support Ribbons - Custom Ribbons for Bootcamp 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

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Rate advancements during Boot Camp

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Daughter headed to Boot Camp today, February 9, 2016

Started by Tracey McCoy. Last reply by Tracey McCoy on Wednesday. 2 Replies

Son leaves in 4 weeks

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Son left today January 26 for bootcamp

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Comment by NavyDads Admin (Paul) on January 19, 2010 at 12:33pm
no difference...the base is across the street from RTC...while at RTC NO ELECTRONICS......some A-schools are more strict than others about the PC and cell...cannot have until first phase is finished, but I think that is a decision of A-shcool command
Comment by Brian on January 19, 2010 at 12:24pm
So - just so I am straight on this, if they are attending A school at GL, then they can have a computer & a phone? Why the difference if they attend A school elsewhere?
Comment by greg delany on January 19, 2010 at 10:37am
Tony said he saw Matt, but he must have been heading out the door. Is Matt doing A-school at GL? We had so much good luck. We found all his uniforms that he needed and the elusive black ear muffs, He found them at the train staition across from gate 3. Tony was allowed to buy a computer and Cell phone. They say Cricket is the best service on base. Cheap too.
Good luck to Matt!

Comment by greg delany on January 19, 2010 at 10:02am
They let you walk in and they seat you at Silo's no reservation needed. Our sailor found out he was Grad and Go the morning of Graduation. We missed 4 hours of visit time on Friday but we didn't have to take him back to base until Monday night, due to holiday. Save your parking pass if he is grad and go, as you will need it to get onto base through main gate for the week end. It also let us go to the NEX on base to get uniforms that is the only uniform NEX, and they will need stuff. There is a window to get name tags made at the back and when they have there name tag they can wear the blue sweater. It was very cold so a sweater is nice to have. There was only one place to get the ear muffs the sailors are allowed to wear. The NEX did not have it but the train station across from gate 3 had plenty. They have plenty of computers at the NEX and your sailor can buy them tax free if his A-school allows it. Don't buy it unless he has permission. The best cell service is Cricket and it is also the cheapest if he is at GL for A-school. You can also get a wireless cell card for internet connection. Gurnee Mill Mall has a cricket kiosk.
Comment by Mitch Madruga on January 19, 2010 at 10:00am
Norman: We just walked in and was served. There is an upstairs and downstairs seating area and looks like it can hold quite a few people.

Jim: We have known since our son was in DEP that he was staying there in GL but it wasn't until he processed into the main side after graduation that he found out when he had duty and when he had to be back.

Mark: I didn't see any but we were there pretty early and whipped right through check in. Even though they said this graduation was the largest they have had in a long time I did see empty seats on the upper deck.

Greg: It was too bad Matt didn't say anything earlier or I would have come over and met you guys. Maybe next time.
Comment by Norman Cantrelle on January 19, 2010 at 8:09am
Is Silo's a place you need to make reservations for or can you just walk in and be served?
Comment by Jim Butler on January 19, 2010 at 7:12am
When did you folks find out your sailor was Grad&Go?

Comment by greg delany on January 19, 2010 at 4:14am
Comment by MarkM on January 18, 2010 at 10:38pm
Mitch, did you happen to see if they let people in after the ones on the "list"?
Comment by Mitch Madruga on January 18, 2010 at 9:36pm
I would have to say......................................................................just okay.
but I'm not a big pizza eater. The potato chips with the sauce poured over it was outstanding.

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