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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

(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

1/2 way mark!

Started by David Overley. Last reply by David Overley on Sunday. 5 Replies

Day one

Started by David Overley. Last reply by Scott David Blaine Aug 25. 12 Replies

Phone call!

Started by Sheryl. Last reply by Scott David Blaine Aug 25. 11 Replies

Got the letter...

Started by Patrick Rowicki. Last reply by Patrick Rowicki Aug 23. 4 Replies

On his way !!!

Started by Patrick Rowicki. Last reply by Patrick Rowicki Aug 17. 5 Replies

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Comment by Steven S on January 8, 2010 at 8:45pm
Glen~Thank you so much for sharing. I pray your son is protected while enjoying his duties!
Comment by Glen H. on January 8, 2010 at 6:30pm
Zach's Dad - sounds like your son is about 3 weeks into boot camp. Honestly I think the hardest part - the first 2 weeks - is behind him. That first couple of weeks is the hardest on them emotionally and after 3-4 weeks I think the time starts to go by faster for them - and for us. Its the beginning of a great journey. Our son finished boot camp a year ago and is just now leaving on his first deployment overseas. This is 6-8 months and it will be hard but he's so much more sure of himself and settled emotionally than he was 14 months ago its remarkable and that makes it easier for us I think. We know that he knows that he's where he's meant to be, doing what he set out to do. He's a gunner on a small patrol boat and absolutely loves it. Guess he's one of the lucky ones so far.
Comment by Dan (Zach's Dad) on January 8, 2010 at 11:31am
Mark - I am the same for the most part.. I do try to write him every other day or so, and include daily news, and some of the funny jokes that I get in my email daily! :) something more for them to laugh about! :)
Comment by MarkM on January 8, 2010 at 11:27am
My wife writes Mark everyday and so does his girlfriend. I write once a week. His mother can send all the drivel stuff. We like to include sports scores and stories. She sends pics all the time, too. In HIS division, it is 20 push-ups per letter. All the women are appalled at that and I had to explain there are GOOD push-ups and BAD push-ups. They like the good ones.
Comment by MarkM on January 8, 2010 at 11:23am
In Mark's letter yesterday, he said his division (911) started at 87 recruits and is down to 74. He laughed and wondered how many would be tossed off their island. LOL He didn't say why they were falling out.
Comment by Scott L. Waller on January 8, 2010 at 10:36am
We got 5 letters from Brian yesterday.Said he is doing fine,but some others in his compartment can't keep their mouth's shut and they are in trouble alot. Does anyone else have their son in Ship 14 Div99?
Comment by Dan (Zach's Dad) on January 8, 2010 at 9:54am
Zach's Dad - the delay in the snail mail is very true!!! They will get them, they may be in a bunch or a trickle effect! I know my Zach got 5 at a time, 10 pushups per letter, but he said - Keep them coming too! One thing that I have been doing for Zach is attaching about 8 pics in MS Word. and just printing them that way - This is boot camp ~ not a cruise oversea's. So I told him, hold on to the pictures for boot camp - then afterward - you can toss them - its not like they are printed 4x6 pics and a lot of $$ wasn't spent. Just a thought and what I have been doing and if I send 2 pages he gets about 16 pictures :) He can share the pics around easier that way - and if they get ruined - oh well - i can resend them or whatever :) but you have it right! KEEP SENDING THEM! :) heheheh
Comment by NavyDads Admin (Paul) on January 8, 2010 at 9:49am
he'll learn there is no leave after Bootcamp....they will tranisition directly to A-School....leave is down the road a-ways.......
Comment by Zach'sdad on January 8, 2010 at 9:38am
Got our first written letter from Zach last night. Right on cue; he is missing us, the weather is bad, some guys don't seem to get it, he really misses us, write as much as you guys can and send pictures and oh yeah, he misses us. Strange talk coming fr0m a kid that couldn't wait to get away from the house and parental control after high school. He sounds to me like he is surviving this ordeal, that they haven't really begun to gel as a unit yet. He did mention that he was thinking of trying to get some time off after basic to come see us but my gut is that he is just homesick for the way things used to be prior to BC. I also think that he needs to stick with his schedule and not waste any of his time looking for a break from the routine. We will be going to PIR on 02/19 and I expect he'll have worked through these issues as time goes by. BTW; we have written at least a dozen letters with pictures to him since he left, I have to asssume that there's a lag before he starts to see these letters given to him. I'm not worried but his mom continues to in spite of what I say. Oh well.
Comment by MarkM on January 8, 2010 at 8:12am
Marty, Mark said the mail had been slowed during the holidays. Maybe one will come shortly!

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