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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

SR Ship 11 Div 045

Started by Rod ADams. Last reply by Rod ADams 19 hours ago. 2 Replies

Box Arrival

Started by Tony Pitt. Last reply by Tony Pitt yesterday. 2 Replies

SR on Ship 03 Division 053

Started by Joe Ayala. Last reply by James Swett on Saturday. 1 Reply

arriving today (16 Nov 15)

Started by Richard Elliott. Last reply by NavyDads Admin (Paul) Nov 24. 7 Replies

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Comment by Norman Cantrelle on January 7, 2010 at 5:53pm
We got a letter from Nathan today, it was dated 12/30 and postmarked 1/4! He said it was 4-3 the middle of Hell Week for them. Everything seems to be going well. I sent him a questionaire form and gots tons of info. If you have not tried that yet do it. They don't have to think about what to write, they just fill in the blanks. Found out about the flags they won. Who his closest friends are, what he thinks of his RDC, why he got I.T., how they did on Marlinspike and a lot more than we have ever gotten out of any of his letters. Says " I am kind of liking it here". Go figure. A call on Saturday and a nice letter on Thursday, amazing how those simple things can brighten up your week. BTW looks like that global warming deal is working out real good, it is going to be in the lower 20's tonight in N. LA. I guess I should go run around in it to get geared up for GL in 22 days!!!
Comment by MarkM on January 7, 2010 at 4:29pm
Received a letter today dated 03, Jan. He is doing well. He was going to learn which language he will learn at DLI this past Tuesday; was doing Marlinspike today and starting Hell Week tomorrow. Hell Week is something I am not familiar with. Hopefully someone can enlighten me. As he put it, he is more than half-way "through this mess" and is looking forward to A School.
Comment by Jim Butler on January 7, 2010 at 4:05pm
Glad you heard from Nathan, that was a long stretch. I'm writing another letter to Chris and will tell him to look him up if he gets the chance. Even though he's from Mass, he spend almost 2yrs in the gulf on Katrina relief, and his fav place was Louisiana.
We got our second "real" letter from Chris today. He was that the downtime during the holidays was really bad...nothing to do, so the "I miss"es set in ;) This week is their "Hell Week", so we'll see how they do. He's really looking forward to getting OUT of boot, which is pretty normal.
He also said he's tired of getting yelled at cuz he's going bald, which is a hereditary condition. My next letter I'm going to tell him to just shave his head, then no one will know ;)

Comment by Norman Cantrelle on January 7, 2010 at 8:06am
Congrats!!! I hope that Anitoli has a great time with Battlesations. Nathan is a couple of weeks behind. Terry thanks for the advice about not sleeping, I will pass it on. If anyone else has advice on Battlestations, please let me know.
Comment by Terry Beals on January 6, 2010 at 8:08pm
Greg, that's great to hear about Anitoli. For battlestations, the key is to simply don't fall asleep and follow orders. My son did it last Dec and he enjoyed it immensely. He ended up being the nozzle man and putting out the fire. He went in as an E-3 and will soon be an E-4. Good luck to Anitoli!
Comment by Dan (Zach's Dad) on January 6, 2010 at 6:52pm
AWESOME to hear Greg!! Our time is coming up soon - and I hope we have as great as news as you have when our time is here - -
Comment by greg delany on January 6, 2010 at 6:43pm
Great News everyone!!!
Anitoli sent us a letter today, Ship 13 Div 056 Battle station is Sunday night the 10th through 11th AM. Should get the call Monday that he is a real Sailor!!!!
Also he got promoted to E-2 and earned a Sharp Shooter Ribbon. Everything is easy and he is having a great time. Gas chamber training was a great adventure for all but they made it through with less in there gut than they went in with. Final Personel inspection was going to be today and he was really ready for it.
See you all in GL
Comment by Steven S on January 6, 2010 at 1:35pm
Bruce~ If you can text her or she calls you (she will call you tonight around 1130 pm if only for 30 seconds to say she is there), you hold your head high, be strong for her and tell her that we are all great full and thank full for her service. You can ask us anything here. I've found these guys here will be honest and get your head right while being compassionate too.
Now you too are a proud Navy Dad!
Comment by Dan (Zach's Dad) on January 6, 2010 at 1:05pm
Hang in there Bruce! :) Its a fun ride - :)
Comment by bruce farmer on January 6, 2010 at 1:03pm
Erin is waiting to get on the plane to go to bootcamp and well get ther at 4:30 today. She is looking forward to this.

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