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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


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An easier way to write to your recruit.

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Leaving soon for Boot Camp

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First Letter

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Comment by David on January 3, 2010 at 2:46pm
We got our Battle Stations call on last Wednesday afternoon. (12-30-2009)
Mom got off the cell phone and said "Congratulations we have a baby squid!"
We laughed and went back to driving.
I guess that is what you get when you have a Marine Corporal who has done a couple of tours in the Sand.
Comment by Norman Cantrelle on January 3, 2010 at 1:41pm
I appreciate the info. All my real cold weather clothes are camo for duck hunting which I wouldn't think would be a good idea to wear.
Comment by Jim Butler on January 3, 2010 at 11:38am
Hey Norman, back to the clothes deal...I just came in from plowing the 12" we got over the past day. What I wear ain't pretty, but it works. For my hat, I take a ballcap, and then put a navy watch cap on top of the ball cap. Best of both worlds...visor on the ball cap keeps the snow out of my eyes, and the watch cap on top pulls down over my ears...toasty warm, and wicked cheap too :)
I buy the watch caps at Wally World for about $2.99 ;)
Gloves are easy, then all you need is some jackets. Whoever pointed out the windbreaker is spot on...that's the biggest problem, wind bleeds the heat right out of your clothes, so you can do a cheap windbreaker over some layers of fleece or sweatshirts, and you'll be in pretty good shape.
Hate to see anyone put out big $$$ for something you may only use this once.

Comment by Steven S on January 3, 2010 at 11:19am
This one works guys... The Silo
Comment by Norman Cantrelle on January 3, 2010 at 11:19am
Thanks for the info. The Silo sounds like what we are looking for. I can eat at a Chili's or an Outback at home. We would like to try somethinf with a local flavor.
Comment by NavyDads Admin (Paul) on January 3, 2010 at 9:52am
JohnM used to live in the area and he posted this ages ago in the PIR group....may want to consider:

Lunch after PIR - PlanB for those people looking for more than routine chain restaurant fare. This is where the locals go. (I was once a local.)

The Silo in Lake Bluff

Voted the BESTpan pizza on the North Shore by the Chicago Tribune. Deep dish Chicago style pizza to die for.

Less than 10 minutes, from RTC, once you clear the traffic jam at the gate.

More than just fantastic pizza, everything your hungry Sailor has been dreaming of is in on the menu. Burgers, ribs, chili, steak, seafood, homemade cheese cake, etc., etc.

Left out of RTC, .5 mile
Left on Green Bay Road, 2 miles
Right on Rockland Road/SR176 1 mile
The Silo is on the right.

There's a $4 coupon on the website
Comment by Gingerman357 on January 3, 2010 at 8:39am
Boy, getting old Nick, I read "dead pan pizza," as deep fried pizza, and thought, well, they've really gone off the deep end in Chicago. Only been there three times, and found they love to eat. Deep fried pizza seemed bad, but not impossible in a food town like Chicago.
Comment by Bob Kline on January 3, 2010 at 6:13am
As a Clevelander I would echo the advice for those of you coming from warmer climes (its a balmy 16 degrees here this morning) to PIR to dress in layers. A hat that covers your ears and gloves are a must. It doesn't hurt to overdress a little. It is a lot easier to take something off if you are too warm than it is to put on something you don't have if you are too cold!
Comment by Nick Maccarone on January 3, 2010 at 1:06am
Had some pizza while we were there. Giordano's was great as is Gino's east in downtown Chicago. There is also a giordano's in Gurnee Mills mall. GREAT pizza!!
Comment by Norman Cantrelle on January 2, 2010 at 11:15pm
Really looking forward to some Chicago deep dish pizza!!!

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