Navy Dads



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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Latest Activity: 14 hours ago

Boot Camp Forum, Helpful Links and Videos


For those family and friends unable to attend RTC graduation, video will be streamed live over the internet starting at 0845 (CST) on the day of graduation.  Please follow the link below and join us in honoring the service of these young men and women. Click here for live stream of PIR


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

Can't Get Your Recruits Address From Your Recruiter? - Advice from Chief West

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

PIR 05SEP14 | Roll Call

Started by John H'ausen. Last reply by Timothy Dingman 16 hours ago. 11 Replies

Div 944, Ship 02, PIR Sept 12

Started by Aaron Anthony MacRogers on Saturday. 0 Replies

SHIP 2 | DIV 943 | PIR 05SEP14

Started by John H'ausen. Last reply by John H'ausen Jul 19. 5 Replies

Comment Wall


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Comment by Gingerman357 on December 20, 2009 at 12:28pm
I saw someone out there said that their son is a Tuba Player. Me too. Hate seeing 'em used for decoration in restaurants, when I could be oom-paahing away on it.
Comment by Gingerman357 on December 20, 2009 at 12:26pm
Anyone out there with Sailor in Ship 12/Div 083?
Just wondering

PIR scheduled for 2/12/10
Comment by Gary T. on December 20, 2009 at 11:01am
Merry Christmas to all you NAVY DAD'S! I wish all of you and your families the very best holidays and New Year, may your sailors remain healthy and safe throughout there journey in the NAVY.

E.G. thank you for having the strength, will and desire to start this great group. I have come to know many fathers who are living the same experience of having a child in the NAVY. E.G. your dream of starting a group for all of us fathers out here is growing daily. We as fathers can interact, be open with our questions and feel and show emotions usually not done in front of the ladies.

My son Nicholas will be at Great Lakes for over one year when he ships to San Diego 31/Jan/10. This group has become a home to interact with other fathers who have and will experience there sailors NAVAL journey.
Thanks again E.G., Paul and all of you other great DAD'S. Merry Christmas to all. Gary T.
Comment by John Frank on December 20, 2009 at 9:49am
Joe-and anybody else with PIR 1/8/10, join the group.

Steven- I won't throw you under the bus at N4M's for expressing your feelings. I troll the site disguised as my wife all the time!

All- glad to see some activity from the Dads, the moms think we don't have any emotions, just because we don't cry when a box of stinky clothes show up?
Comment by John V. on December 20, 2009 at 9:48am
Steve -nicely put . My boy and I didn't see eye to eye in the past year or so and I too was itching for him to go. Now with Christmas almost here I find myself wondering why I was so hard on him all the time. Maybe it helped him deal with boot camp a little better though.

HooYah Navy Boys ! Lord give them the strength to complete this journey.
Comment by Steven S on December 20, 2009 at 1:43am

Way to go dad. You survived! I, unfortunantly, continue to be tortured by the empty mail box day in and day out. Am I the only one who couldn't wait till he was gone on some days and on others was realizing this was it, and he would be out the house for good.? At least he better be. It takes me some time to take a breath and realize that this is what our job was. Raise em up right and get them out on their own. Be careful when family or friends say that its so sad when they leave. I always correct them and tell them its a wonderful time. He defending our country! He a man now, making his own way.

We used to spar with each other by yelling "83 more days!", "25 more days!".. Then it was like, "crap, one more day"....

I pray we all understand whatta great job these guys/gals have done. They stepped up and took the lead. Mine didn't even ask. He just went and signed up. Amazed us. So, remember when you pray for your kids, God will answer your prayers. It just may not be your answer, but it will be an answer. : ) Rest easy, be still, live by faith!

Merry Christmas everyone! I'm so proud of all of our kids.

(don't tell M4M's I wrote all this. It's late and I'm tired. Weak with emotions.. Be strong Dad's)
Comment by Scott L. Waller on December 19, 2009 at 7:29pm
Carlos, My son reported on Dec 14 2009 and left for the airport Dec 15 2009 from MEPS Sacramento. We got the I'm ok call that night and we just got his box on dec.18 2009. No letter yet. looks like our sons will be in the same PIR at the same time. Best of luck on hearing soon from your son.
Comment by Brian on December 19, 2009 at 6:54pm
Lee left the Monday before Thanksgiving - Today we got her 1st letter - all 7 of them - LOL! And suprise - we also got a 15 minute phone call home today - this is the 1st contact we have had since the form letter & I am here & OK call...She arrived sick with food poisoning from airport food - so she didn't get the chance to try out for the 900 division - she was color guard captain in HS these last 2 years, kinda disgusted about that - but in great morale, and spirit!!!!
Comment by Jim Santucci on December 19, 2009 at 5:34pm
Carlos - you should have heard from your son shortly after he arrived at RTC, telling you he arrived safely and to expect a box with his things in it. They only get to write on Sundays, so you should start getting letters soon.
Comment by Joe on December 19, 2009 at 5:27pm
Carlos my son left on 3 Nov 2009 I recived my first call on the second day to assure me he was AOK, I have recive a few calls from him since but not many and on no time period. but I recive a letter each week and will be going to his PIR on 8 Jan 2010 to see him. Myadvise to you is be patient he will call and welcome aboard

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