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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.

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

Started by Mike Cunningham Jan 21. 0 Replies

804, 805, 806 Division address changes

Started by Lanny DeVaney Dec 18, 2019. 0 Replies


Started by Catherine Gleeson. Last reply by NavyDads Admin (Paul) Sep 10, 2019. 1 Reply

Mail time

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

Push and Double Push

Started by Charles Cooper. Last reply by Charles Cooper Feb 7, 2019. 5 Replies

Comment Wall


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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.

Comment by NavyDads CoAdmin Jim Gramza on January 19, 2020 at 4:34pm

Recruit Training Command Grads Eligible for Nine College Credits

Story Number: NNS200118-01Release Date: 1/18/2020 11:56:00 AM
By Alan Nunn, Recruit Training Command Public Affairs

GREAT LAKES (NNS) (NNS) -- Curriculum changes at Recruit Training Command (RTC) will provide boot camp graduates with more college credits and potentially save the Navy millions in tuition costs.

Following a review of Navy Basic Military Training curriculum, the American Council on Education (ACE) has recommended nine college credits be awarded upon graduation from the Navy’s only boot camp. The increase from two credits equals a potential tuition savings of $213.8 million annually when calculated using RTC’s annual throughput and the national average of $594 per credit hour across all collegiate sectors.

Comment by Lanny DeVaney on December 17, 2019 at 9:25pm

Heads up, noticed on the RTC Facebook page they mentioned the addresses on the form letter for Divisions 804, 805 and 806 was the wrong address to send letters.  They have the correct addresses on their FB page.  Basically, the form letters had the wrong ship number.  In my son's case, it said Ship 4, Div 805 when it was actually Ship 14, Div 805.  This would be the groups scheduled to graduate Feb 7.  In my case, I had also sent in the PIR guest list to that incorrect address, so I resent tonight "just to be safe".  They say the incorrect addressed mail will be rerouted, but it could take a while.

Comment by Timothy J Walker on December 9, 2019 at 12:32pm

On his way. My son is on his way to Great Lakes for Bootcamp. He is the third generation to go to Great Lakes. His Grandfather was a Navy Corpsman in Vietnam. I, an Aviation Machinist and Aircrewman who retired. I see Bootcamp has changed in the last thirty-four years.

Comment by NavyDads Admin (Paul) on September 9, 2019 at 5:03pm

Effective Monday, Oct. 7, 2019, Naval Station Great Lakes will shift to the winter uniform of dress blues. The first Pass-in-Review graduation in dress blues will be Oct. 11, 2019.

Comment by Tony "Skippy" Adams on August 25, 2019 at 2:02pm

I can not recall what time the PIR finished but I do remember one of my boys had to back around 7 pm and the other one had to be back before 8 pm. They both had time to showers and nap at the Navy Lodge with us before we went shopping at the exchange and both had time to have dinner with us before heading back to their ships. 

Comment by Glenn on August 25, 2019 at 12:51pm

Thank you for your response. We were out there 3 years ago for my daughters graduating. I could not remember how long we had with her. We did go to airport on Saturday morning to see her off. The whole experience was great. 

Comment by Tony "Skippy" Adams on August 25, 2019 at 11:40am

@ Glenn. I’ve had two boys go through RTC Great Lakes in the recent past. On both occasions, when the announcement “ Now Hear This. liberty call, liberty call” is made at the conclusion of the PIR ceremony, . your sailor is free to leave. The time to be back on base and and barracks  will be known by your sailor. That time varied with both of my boys. 

Comment by NavyDads Admin (Paul) on August 25, 2019 at 11:39am

He'll have to be back at base Friday evening....guessing by 8:00 but you  can meet at the airport and get a security pass to wait with him at the gate

Comment by Glenn on August 25, 2019 at 11:02am

My son graduates boot camp August 30th. A school is in Mississippi. How much time will we have with him on Friday after graduation.



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