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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

Something you should know about ADD and ADHD 

Moment of Truth - First week of Boot Camp

Complete Family Guide to Boot Camp and Pass in Review (PIR)

Complete List of Navy Boot Camp FAQ's - Need to Knows

A run down of how the divisions are formed

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!


We talk about Holiday Routine at Boot Camp - here's the skinny

Sunday/Holiday Routine allows recruits to attend religious services and observe Federal holidays. From 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. recruits are able to: attend religious services, read and study, hygiene, perform uniform upkeep, write and read letters, or clean their rack and personal locker.

Discussion Forum

My son leaves tomorrow morning August 25

Started by Gary Radke. Last reply by Greg duggan 2 hours ago. 11 Replies

Tickets for PIR

Started by Carlos Acosta. Last reply by Carlos Acosta on Sunday. 3 Replies

Leaving soon for Boot Camp

Started by Jan Fehner. Last reply by Jan Fehner Aug 14. 10 Replies

Phone calls

Started by John Alan DeMarco. Last reply by Navy Dads Co-Admin Tom Aug 13. 3 Replies

A MUST READ for All New Navy Parents

Started by NavyDads Admin (Paul). Last reply by Glenn Aug 8. 60 Replies

Comment Wall


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Comment by Gingerman357 on December 29, 2009 at 1:57pm
There's a new thing called Google Wave, that has automatic translation. It's sort of a combination of email, Twitter, cloud computing and is actually totally new. If anyone is interested in playing with it, I can send you an invitation, if you give me your email (I only have a few invitations left)
Comment by Carlos Perez on December 29, 2009 at 1:39pm
Mark Mangus and Dan Thomas
Thanks both for your support and guidance .I go to tray doing the possible thing for writing it in English for my it is more simply it to read that to write in English .Today we receive the box with her properties.I now this next weeks are important for all of them , I have a lot of faith that everything is going to be OK. I trust me son and I support her 200%.
Comment by Nick Maccarone on December 29, 2009 at 10:40am
The shuttle was the easiest especially if you are unfamiliar with driving in the poor weather. The line is long at the gate and you will wait but we just had to unload and go thru the security, got our hands stamped and we were in. The last shuttle was at noon to go back to the hotel but our son was a grad and go to the other side of the base for A school and he had to be back at his room to pack by 11:30 or so. We got him back at 5:15 for the whole weekend. We just went to the NEX and shopped and went back on the last shuttle to the hotel. It was great.
Comment by NavyDads Admin (Paul) on December 29, 2009 at 9:05am
consider than in light of the recent aircraft issue that higher security may in effect....allow some extra time everywhere!!
Comment by Bill S on December 29, 2009 at 9:00am
Hey John, the shuttle is a good idea. We drove ourselves. With the shuttle you are tied to their schedule. If you drive you may get more time with you Sailor. It depends on if they are a grad and go. We got in line at 5:35 am and by 6:00 the line was almost a mile long. We were in just as fast as the shuttle. The gate opened exactly at 6:30 and we were in the parade hall before 7:oo. It is about a 1/2 mile walk from check-in so dress warm. Fell free to check my page. I posted awhile back about the PIR if you would like to read it. The post is from Nov. 18th. Good luck and enjoy the day. It is one HELL of a ride!!
Comment by NavyDads Admin (Paul) on December 29, 2009 at 8:53am
we've been advising the shuttle for a long time inthe PIR - Tips and Hints group. I've driven on base for a PIR and have taken the shuttle for another PIR....shuttle is the way to go even though you have to walk about a quarter of a mile. Getting on base driving was a pain but nothing compared to the more than an hour wait trying to get out of the parking lot after PIR.....we've been advising asking about the shuttle when you make your lodging arrangements
Comment by John Frank on December 29, 2009 at 8:44am
Thanks Mark.
Comment by MarkM on December 29, 2009 at 8:37am
John, I don't know about a shuttle, but lady at the Navy Lodge told me it is better to take a taxi/shuttle etc. because if you drive, you have to go through security. She said it takes forever.
Comment by John Frank on December 29, 2009 at 8:35am
Does anybody know if there is a shuttle from the Residence Inn to base or would it be easier to drive? Should I plan on arriving at 6:30?
Comment by MarkM on December 29, 2009 at 8:22am
Steve, I don't know if they still do it, but when I was in and going back to WWII, Navy beans were served with Sunday breakfast as a tradition. I'm not saying that a lot of them were consumed at breakfast, but they were there!

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