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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


For those family and friends unable to attend RTC graduation, video will be streamed live over the internet starting at 0845 (CST) on the day of graduation.  Please follow the link below and join us in honoring the service of these young men and women. Click here for live stream of PIR


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

Can't Get Your Recruits Address From Your Recruiter? - Advice from Chief West

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

NavyDads Logo Tee - Represent Our Community

Customized Dog Tags  - Duplicate Your Sailors name on 1 tag and their PIR Date, Rate, etc on tag 2. A Great Way to Keep Your Sailor Close to Heart!

Recruits & Sailors Blue Candle - These Blue Candles are to Burn in Honor of Your Sailor During Boot Camp, Battle Stations or Deployments

PIR Support Ribbons - Show Support for Your Sailor when Attending Graduation

Navy Challenge Coins - Document Your Sailors Journey with These Unique Coins


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

SHIP 13 DIV 152; PIR 25 APRIL, 2014

Started by Marco Mattucci. Last reply by Marco Mattucci on Friday. 2 Replies

Ship 2 Div 928 PIR May 23, 2014

Started by Michael P. Last reply by Daniel M Apr 17. 3 Replies

Ship 13, Div-174, PIR-16 May 2014

Started by Bill Hopkins. Last reply by Bill Hopkins Apr 15. 7 Replies

Ship 11 Div 142 PIR 4/11

Started by Ronald Haynes. Last reply by Lawrence Stiffler Mar 26. 9 Replies

SHIP 13 DIV 112; PIR 21 MAR 2014

Started by Rod Allen. Last reply by Rod Allen Mar 20. 6 Replies

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Comment by Steven S on December 6, 2009 at 10:23am
Can anyone tell me what a Sunday at boot camp is like?
Comment by NavyDads Admin (Paul) on December 5, 2009 at 7:24pm
Navy Times:


Boot camp
If you’ve been in the Navy for a while, you might be surprised how different the boot camp experience is for today’s recruits, and how it will change further as work continues at Naval Training Center Great Lakes, Ill.

Navy officials just cut the ribbon to open two brand-new barracks at Great Lakes, named for the destroyers Arleigh Burke and Hopper. Here’s what you need to know about what’s happening to boot camp.

1It’s really new. The buildings and barracks from the 1960s and before are disappearing. Instead, recruits will use brand-new build­ings and trainers during their eight-week induction to the Navy family.

2It’s a little “fleet.” The 13 barracks where recruits stay and work are like self-contained ships, the Navy says, named after real-life ships from the fleet. Recruits sleep, eat and train in the same building, which the Navy says helps make basic training more efficient. For years, moving around the base, from barracks to chow, for example, meant Navy recruits used to march as much as 25 miles per week —
compared to the 22 miles per week marched by Army recruits.

3The base is changing. Great Lakes itself has expanded as part of the 12-year, $770-million renovations.

The base now has a public area for visitors and weekly graduations, a central area for medical and administration offices, and a small­ er, separate campus specifically for processing new arrivals.

4It’s Navy green. One new part of the base, Camp John Paul Jones, includes some of the most environ­mentally friendly buildings in the Navy, certified “gold” by the U.S.

Green Building Council in August.

The base’s final barracks, named for the frigate Reuben James, is planned as a “silver” building.

5It’s not quite finished yet. Still to come are improvements to roads and utility lines; a new parking garage; and a new visitors’ center, according to a Navy announcement. Great Lakes needs to accommodate thousands of visitors per week who come to see new sailors graduate.

Officials hope the work is finished by November 2010.

— Philip Ewing

Comment by Jerry Shamp on December 4, 2009 at 9:24pm
My wife got a 9 min. call from Pat today. So good to hear from him. He's starting his 3td week. Has to have one wisdom tooth out, he said they take it easy on you for 2 days. He claims he really having fun. Also he's is grad and go, so we won't see much of him at PIR. Please let me know if anyone else is in ship 13 Div 052.
Comment by Steven S on December 4, 2009 at 5:38pm
My son got to GL Monday night. He had been texting me all the night before and the next morning while waiting on his flight to leave Dallas. They let him call us from his cell about 11pm before putting everything in the box.
His recruiter got me the address Tuesday morning. I'm still trying to get the division #, but I don't think we need that to mail him letters.
The box came today, Friday. It's seems like everything is rolling right along so far.

Thanks to everyone in the past who's posted. It sure makes it easier to sleep knowing just a little of info about whats going on.

If I didn't have his address I would be making some calls too.
Comment by NavyDads Admin (Paul) on December 4, 2009 at 5:18pm
think I'd go up the recruiters chain of command.....
Comment by Chris N on December 4, 2009 at 5:14pm
Our son arrived at BC on 11/25. As of yet we have not received his form letter so we do not know his address. I have contacted his recruiter several times and he said that Jake is not listed yet in the system. Is there anyone else who has this same problem? We want to send him letters, but not sure where to send.
God bless all your sons and daughters.
Comment by MarkM on December 3, 2009 at 8:13am
When they get to bootcamp, they are asked about any special talents they have, JROTC experience etc. My son is a tuba player that marched with professional drum and bugle corps as well as his national champion high school marching band. He will probably (I hope) get into the 900 division know as Special Units. I did the same when I went through and we got a few, al beit not many, special privileges. They will perform to probably two PIRs in addition to their own.
Comment by NavyDads Admin (Paul) on December 3, 2009 at 8:11am
steve- by the time they're through with processing they should have a div # available. try the recruiter again..........
Comment by MarkM on December 3, 2009 at 8:06am
Steve, my son left December 1. We are hoping he gets into the 900 Drum and Bugle Corps division.
Comment by Steven S on December 3, 2009 at 3:34am
We got my sons address today and there wasen't a div#. His recruiter told us he could get it the day after he left, and he did. Just call them and ask if your not sure. He's in SHIP 4 and then the address. Anyone know how or when they assign the div#.?

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