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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

No More "Sailor in a Box" - From RTC- Posted 5 Sept 2019

Attention families and friends of RTC: Previously, upon arrival to boot camp, recruits would box up their civilian belongings and ship it to their choice of destination. Our new procedure now has those boxes being stored locally and will be returned to the recruits the day before graduation. The new procedure went into effect this week beginning with Div. 409 in Training Group 52.

OK- When is PIR and What Is Their Mailing Address?

Something you should know about ADD and ADHD 

Moment of Truth - First week of Boot Camp

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

RTC Facebook Group Photos

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



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.

Important RTC/PIR Changes

RTC is making important changes to polices regarding PIR Guest Access as well as Bag Checks and Restriction Policies. Take the time to read thru these and be prepared when you head to Great Lakes for PIR.

Discussion Forum

January 15th

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804, 805, 806 Division address changes

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Mail time

Started by Chad Bowers. Last reply by Sarah H Jul 9, 2019. 3 Replies

Push and Double Push

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Comment by Sergey "CJ" Romanov on January 28, 2021 at 4:11pm

RE Covid - On Jan 9 our son called us from RTC saying that him and other 7 recruits were being placed in a 14-day isolation because they were in contact (next bunker) with a recruit, who was tested positive when he went to see a doctor for a sore throat. He then called us again on 22nd advising that he is being released from isolation the next day and provided new ship/division info. So, now instead of mid-Feb, his PIR will be in early March.

Comment by NavyDads Admin (Paul) on January 4, 2021 at 9:15am

Makes for some interesting reading.....Fort McCoy :

Comment by Paul Smith on January 3, 2021 at 6:27pm

Marc I feel your pain. I get that it is your daughter.  I understand that you want to protect her and that, at least in your eyes, answers should be easy to come by. I get that.

My son had PIR three years ago. I went through my first Christmas with him in boot camp and no communication.  All we could do was pray, trust and wait. And that was long before COVID reared it's ugly head.

Learn the saying "no news is good news" because you are going to live it. My Sailor is a nuke on a submarine.  EVERY in his life is classified.  The lack of information is commonplace. 

You have to learn not to focus on the unknown Marc or it will drive you insane.  Celebrate those few phone calls and continue writing letters with positive support.  It doesn't necessarily get any easier it just becomes a little more normal. 

That's what your Navy Dads are here for. Reach out to us. We have been there and are here to support  YOU  while our Sailors and ones like them support and mentor your daughter. 

God Bless your family! 


Comment by NavyDads Admin (Paul) on January 3, 2021 at 3:51pm

good luck- things are in a constant state of flux with Covid - don't think anyone knows exactly what is going on on any specific day......

you can read about what happened but as far as what they are doing today please remember it is the US Military and there are security concerns communicating between the Navy and civilian word

Comment by Marc DeLorge on January 3, 2021 at 11:16am

Hello everyone,

There is a lot of conflicting information out here, from recruiters telling us one thing, to sites like this one telling us another, so I'm sorry if this seems to be a repeat of others or myself, but this is my daughter I'm talking about.

There should be an obvious NOTE on these pages describing what the NEW conditions are during COVID. The Group discussions talk about many things, what people have experienced, and this site's pages are still describing what happens (or will happen) pre-COVID.

I just saw there can be multiple ROM periods before training even begins, setting the recruit back 14 days at a time. Is there a general location / site that has the latest information as it is happening now at RTC? And that's another thing, I just read on this site there are multiple ROM sites, something once again, I was never told about.

Thank you for reading my ranting, but like I said, this is my daughter I'm trying to find out about during a world wide pandemic.


Comment by troy allen on September 2, 2020 at 1:44pm

Our son just arrived in Wisconsin for 2 weeks of ROM. We got the 10 second call and he said he might get to call again in 4 weeks. Does anyone know if they still due the all night in processing like the traditional first night of Bootcamp at RTC? Just curious.

Comment by William Higdon on August 18, 2020 at 5:52pm

Anyone know how many ROM periods a recruit might have?. My son just finished his initial and someone in his group tested positive and he has to be moved and go through another 14 days. If after that he tests positive is it another and another when does it end?

Comment by NavyDads Admin (Paul) on August 16, 2020 at 9:41pm

BTW- the rumor (from pretty reliable sources) is that PIR ceremonies are postponed for the next year.....

Comment by NavyDads Admin (Paul) on August 16, 2020 at 9:27pm

From Recruit Training Command - 14 August 2020

Beginning August 21, U.S. Navy Recruits will spend 14-days in a restriction of movement (ROM) status at Fort McCoy, a U.S. Army training center in western Wisconsin, before being transported to Recruit Training Command (RTC) in Great Lakes, Illinois, to begin training.

In July, RTC increased shipping to over 1,200 recruits per week. To accommodate the increased volume of recruits, ROM is taking place at multiple Gurnee, Illinois, area hotels. Moving ROM to Fort McCoy ensures long-term safety and security of recruits, consolidating support staff in one location, and ensures RTC’s perpetual effort to be good stewards of government funds while continuing to execute the essential task of training the Navy’s newest Sailors. RTC continues to protect the welfare of its recruits and staff and continues to work with medical experts to ensure it can train while responding to and preventing transmission of the coronavirus.

Recruits executing ROM at Fort McCoy will have similar living quarters as those available at RTC. Recruits will be provided Navy study materials during their ROM and will able to bring reading material with them to Fort McCoy. They will also be allowed to bring one small electronic gaming device, as long as it is not Wi-Fi or cellular enabled, and must not have a camera.

Recruits at Fort McCoy will have access to medical personnel. While recruits will be allowed to call home shortly after arrival, they will not have access to cell phones for the duration of their training at RTC. Any recruit with a change to their medical or training status is allowed to contact their loved ones. A lack of contact from a recruit indicates they remain in a normal training status.

Comment by NavyDads Admin (Paul) on March 21, 2020 at 4:12pm

Effective immediately, the U.S. Navy is suspending all Recruit Training Command (RTC), in Great Lakes, IL, and Officer Training Command (OTC), in Newport RI, formal, large-scale graduation ceremonies until further notice as part of its proactive approach to protect our mission and limit the potential spread of COVID 19.

Recruits, Officer Candidates and students will continue to graduate, but the transition from Recruit or Officer Candidate to Sailor will be marked by small, internal events which cannot be live-streamed.



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