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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!


Discussion Forum

SR Ship 14 Div 246

Started by Joe Cox. Last reply by Joe Cox on Friday. 8 Replies

First Letter

Started by Bill Yoder. Last reply by Maggie Yoder Apr 29. 10 Replies

27 May PIR Dads

Started by Britton Morrell. Last reply by Bill Yoder Apr 25. 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

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Comment by MarkM on December 7, 2009 at 10:04pm
Congrats, Bob. I am the point of starting week 2 and the emotions are starting to settle down. Intellectually, we know this is great for the kids. Emotionally, it is still difficult to let them go.
Comment by MarkM on December 7, 2009 at 9:59pm
Larry, they are all considered seaman recruit (SR) until graduation. For pay purposes they are paid their actual rank. If he didn't have the stripes, there may be a problem with his contract. My son went in as an E3. The last thing we did was verify his contract/advanced paygrade before he left. Check with his recruiter to verify the contract.
Comment by Bob Kline on December 7, 2009 at 8:29pm
I thought you guys might enjoy some of these pictures from our day at MEPS and the airport.

Comment by Larry Jenuwine on December 7, 2009 at 6:25pm
Just got back from Great Lakes. Our son did PIR on 04DEC09. It was great! The ceremony was fantastic and we got to spend some quality time with John. He reports for for the next step across the road this week. He will be attending ATT and then ET A school at Great Lakes. Only one problem, he did the advanced physical qualifications to be an E-2 before he went in and his uniform is not representing his e-2 status. His recruiter told me that all recruits are e-1 until after graduation but I saw plenty of graduates with "french fries" on there sleeves.
Comment by Gary Jensen on December 7, 2009 at 5:29pm
For me and my family, I think the first week was the toughest. When we received our son's first real letter (after P-week), it seemed reassuring and as time has gone on, the emotions have really settled down and we are now anticipating PIR on Jan. 15th. Everyone here has a right to be proud of their son or daughter as to the path they've chosen. I know PIR will be a very emotional time. I'm really looking forward to seeing my son and the transformation that will have taken place!
Comment by Bob Kline on December 7, 2009 at 4:28pm
Well, everybody, Rosie is off to Great Lakes as of 3:36 this afternoon. Poor kid has a nasty head cold. Does anyone know how they might deal with that when she arrives at Great Lakes? Mom cried at the airport and Dad even shed a little tear. Rose left with a group of really great kids. On the way back home I told my wife that I feel pretty damned good about the future of our country with kids like these willing to step forward and serve. We should all be really proud. The kids are alright!
Comment by Bill S on December 7, 2009 at 2:41pm
SCE, your Sailor has to get permission from his CO to get married. Best have them start with their PLO to get everything in order before getting the marriage license at the JP or wherever they get them.
Comment by Dave Brogan on December 7, 2009 at 2:36pm
Just returned from 12/04/09 PIR at RTC. Friday morning was like Christmas! Heavy flurries during the night left a thin blanket of white everywhere. The ceremony was unbelievable and tugs at your heartstrings. 997 new Sailors headed out to serve in the most powerful Naval fleet on the face of the planet. Got 40 minutes of video, just need to figure out how to get it up here! My son Ryan was in Ship 11 / Divsion 020. HOO-YAH!
Comment by MarkM on December 7, 2009 at 2:25pm
Jim, I wonder if those that shipped on the first are in that ship, due to the holiday? I am hoping he gets in the 900 division.
Comment by Jim Butler on December 7, 2009 at 1:17pm
Ship 10/Div 74 just got officially posted for graduation on 1/29 on the Recruit Center page.
Can't wait to hear from the guy and see how he's doing :)

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