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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

(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

First Letter

Started by Bill Yoder. Last reply by Maggie Yoder 21 hours ago. 10 Replies

27 May PIR Dads

Started by Britton Morrell. Last reply by Bill Yoder on Monday. 5 Replies

My Eldest Daughter Left for the RTC today.

Started by Leighton Lee. Last reply by Leighton Lee Apr 23. 11 Replies

First phone call home

Started by David Apr 19. 0 Replies

My son shipped off today.

Started by Dimitri Whitman, Sr.. Last reply by Bill Yoder Apr 6. 8 Replies

Comment Wall


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Comment by Larry Jenuwine on December 2, 2009 at 6:20am
We are waiting for the call to. John is ship 11 div 022 due to PIR on 04Dec09.

We are leaving for Great Lakes tomorrow morning.
Comment by Paul on December 1, 2009 at 8:23pm
Hi Brian,
The best I can figure from the RTC site info is about 12 ships, which is the barracks they live, eat, sleep and coduct some training in. Each ship is then broke out to the divisions ( approx 80 or more people each DIV) My daughters Training Group will be graduating approx 14 Div on the 30DEC. This includes the specialty group 800 and 900 divisions that consist of the ColorGuard During PIR. I'm not sure how they select these people. Ihave noticed as the groups are schedule the Division number will always keep increasing as that Fiscal year progresses (like class numbers). Hope this helps. Our family is halway thru the bootcamp process and are praying for success..... Go Navy!!!!!!!!
Comment by Paul Isham on December 1, 2009 at 8:19pm
My son's mother got the dreaded call yesterday, my son also is being moved to Ship 5 being an ex Navy guy not taking the news really well. He was so gung-ho when he left cannot imagine what transpired that changed that feeling. Will have to wait until he comes home to find out.
Comment by Brian on December 1, 2009 at 8:05pm
I have a question for you folks that have been here a while, what makes up the "Divisions", there are ships (I understand) - but how many divisions? and whats the breakdown? Do they interact ? even though they are on the same ship? Inquiring minds wanna!

Comment by Brian on December 1, 2009 at 7:51pm
Congratulations Terry!!! Let us all know how PIR goes!!!

God Bless!
Comment by Norman Cantrelle on December 1, 2009 at 7:45pm
Thanks for the info. What are the rules on what they can and can't get in the mail and for Christmas?
Comment by Mitch Madruga on December 1, 2009 at 7:17pm
That's awesome Terry. Congratulations to you and your new sailor.
Comment by Mitch Madruga on December 1, 2009 at 7:15pm

It doesn't look like they have posted that info yet but keep an eye on this site:
If you lose this link you can always click on it in the "About This Site" on the right hand side of this page titled "PIR (Pass In Review) Dates". good luck.
Comment by Norman Cantrelle on December 1, 2009 at 6:11pm
My son is in Ship 10 Div 072. Does anyone know when his PIR is scheduled?
Comment by Terry Beals on December 1, 2009 at 5:52pm
Just got great news. My son passed his final test, battlestations, last night and is now a full-fledged his coveted Navy ball cap today and will do his PIR this Friday. He had a 4 hour watch on Sun night then had to do battlestations from 9pm Mon to 10am this morning. He said he's tired! We can't wait to go to the PIR. So proud.

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