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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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Latest Activity: Oct 31, 2023

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.

U.S. Navy Acronyms

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

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Hype man?

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804, 805, 806 Division address changes

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Comment by adam maze on October 31, 2023 at 9:59am

so much to look into too i'm lost with all of this.

Comment by NavyDads Admin (Paul) on December 17, 2022 at 2:45pm
Friends & family of RTC,
Due to a recent reorganization, we are relocating divisions into new ships (barracks). Although recruits will be afforded opportunities to call and provide their new addresses, below is a list of where the divisions are being moved to and where you can reach your recruit moving forward.
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Comment by Eric Patterson on June 21, 2021 at 9:26am

Yep, looked on here first but wanted a little more details. It is funny how different the Navy boot camp is from my Army experience almost 30 years ago!

Comment by NavyDads Admin (Paul) on June 18, 2021 at 2:55pm

and realize that schedule is NOT cast in stone and is flexible according to various needs......

Comment by NavyDads Admin (Paul) on June 18, 2021 at 2:54pm
Comment by Eric Patterson on June 18, 2021 at 10:10am

I found this site that goes into the daily routine of the RTC recruits. I like to follow along each day to get a glimpse into what our son is likely doing.

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



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