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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.

Members: 1454
Latest Activity: on Thursday

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

Division graduation at PIR

Started by Chad Anderson. Last reply by Chad Anderson Feb 25. 10 Replies

Battle Stations 21

Started by Chad Anderson. Last reply by Chad Anderson Feb 24. 7 Replies

The Journey Begins

Started by Scott Mitchell. Last reply by Scott Mitchell Jan 31. 8 Replies

First Day of Boot Camp January 8th

Started by Terry Suttle. Last reply by John DeNardo Jan 25. 24 Replies

possible call for ship 3 Division 093

Started by Joshua Godden. Last reply by Joshua Godden Jan 18. 1 Reply

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Comment by Steve Brettell on January 2, 2010 at 7:26pm
Just dress for Baton Rouge: that's up north isn't it? (lol)
Comment by Steve Brettell on January 2, 2010 at 7:21pm
For Carlos,
you can call your local Red Cross office, or try this Comment by Molly mom of 2 + 330,701 sailors 6 hours ago
RED Cross Chicago info :

American Red Cross of Greater Chicago
2200 West Harrison, Chicago, IL 60612
Telephone: 312-729-6100
Comment by Norman Cantrelle on January 2, 2010 at 6:35pm
Jim, Thanks for the info we are coming into GL on 1/28. We got a call from Nathan this afternoon. First time I talked to him since he was on the runway at DFW on 11/24. He sounded great and seems to be enjoying everything. Says the bed is a little uncomfortable but other than that he is OK. He was SIQ for Christmas, so he couldn't call. We will get to spend most of Friday the 29th with him, and then he has to check into A school there at GL on Sat. Not sure how much time he will have to "play" on the rest of that weekend. Hard to believe it is only 25 days until PIR. Can't wait for that "I'm a Sailor" call.
Comment by Jim Butler on January 2, 2010 at 5:29pm
Hey Norm,
We live in Mass, which is a little warmer than GL, but not much lately :)
My wife and I have been firm believers in the coat "systems" that outfits like Columbia make, where there's a fleece liner and an outer coat that it zips you the ability to change the coat for whatever your needs are. You will need hats and possibly earmuffs, which my wife and I both wear, they're about $10 for a pair, they go around behind your head, not OVER it, so it's easy to wear a hat over them. Some gloves and you're in pretty good shape. Not sure where down there, but up here, there are "outlet" malls, and Columbia usually has stores in there.
Walmart has similar items, though probably not in La where you are ;)
When are you getting to GL?
Comment by NavyDads Admin (Paul) on January 2, 2010 at 3:33pm
You've got about a quarter of a mile to walk.....with the cold go can peel off what you don't want to wear. The wind will cut right through you...there is a good reason the Navy issues pea-coats! Exterior must be a tight-weave or leather to block the wind....I'm sure someone can give you some advice that is more specific...Jim live close...what is your recommendation?
Comment by Norman Cantrelle on January 2, 2010 at 3:03pm
Hey folks can you give my wife and I some advice on what to wear to deal with the winter weather in Great Lakes. We live in Monroe,LA and have no experience with that type of cold. We will need everything from top to bottom. PIR date is 1/29. Thanks!!
Comment by Scott Pellerito on January 2, 2010 at 1:42pm
A comment on the A Schools and pre-study, do not study from the books as the USN will mix and match the chapters according to their plans anyway. As a retired police chief and ex-Master At Arms in the USN, I can give you first hand information on not trying to pre-study as the course and training changes due to the USN needs. Do not worry, they have a method to their madness and your sons or daughters will learn everything they need in the A Schools!
Comment by Scott Pellerito on January 2, 2010 at 1:38pm
Mark, great post. My son has been Dep'd for almost one year for a guarenteed A-School (MAA). He also had been in the USN Sea Cadets since 10 yrs. old. Most of the "easy" stuff he learned in the Cadets. He has also spent the last five years at RTC for the Sea Cadet Boot Camp. He cannot wait for this Monday to arrive. At that point, he is with the USN and not home anymore. Parents must look at the USN life a little different and it is ONLY 8 weeks. They need to look at it as an extended summer camp with skills they will need for the rest of their careers. Parents must also understand the USN will teach them everything the Navy way as this is what they will need as 18yr olds operating Billion Dollars worth of equipment.

In closing, the US Navy has been very successful in they way they handle RTC (Boot Camp) just look around the world, where else could you get a bunch of 18yr olds to operate a Naval Ship, Plane, or anything else for that matter.
Comment by Dan (Zach's Dad) on January 2, 2010 at 12:28pm
Mark - Great Post! The only thing the recruiter told my son to study in DEP was his General Orders and the Ranks of the USN. :) Zach did say when he got in it helped a lot!
Comment by Gingerman357 on January 2, 2010 at 12:21pm
The only method of contact for emergency is through the Red Cross. Right now the Navy Boot Camp site is down, so I can't give you the reference. This is the ONLY way permitted.

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