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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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Latest Activity: on Friday

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

Day one

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One month and counting

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First Few Days

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A MUST READ for All New Navy Parents

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Comment by Nick Maccarone on January 4, 2010 at 2:56pm
If your bf stays at RTC after PIR and does not go to the A school side you most likely will get to see him during the days of the weekend but he will have to be back each night by 8 pm. While on the RTC side they have more restrictions than when they move to the A school side.
Comment by MarkM on January 4, 2010 at 2:00pm
If he is not grad and go, and he does not have watch, he will have the standard post graduation liberty. If he is grad and go and has to check in on Mainside, he will most likely be given liberty following check-in and it will be up to his A School as to how his liberty will work. Since it is a weekend, they may just tell him to report Monday.
Comment by MarkM on January 4, 2010 at 1:53pm
Steve, at one time, Dam Neck had the best chow hall in the Navy! We used to love to go there for training. What A School is James going to?
Comment by Gingerman357 on January 4, 2010 at 1:00pm
James' A school will be in Virginia, Dam Neck. Those sound like good restaurants.
Comment by Nick Maccarone on January 4, 2010 at 12:42pm
Grad and go does not necessarily mean they are leaving GL. My son was grad n go but only went to the A school side of the base. He said it meant that he had to leave RTC side right away. It was good for us because we got him the whole weekend! We went to a steak place in Gurnee called "Backyard Steak Pit" because all my sailor wanted was beef the way it was meant to be eaten! It was really good. My son said it was the best ribeye he had ever had.
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:"

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