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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.

Members: 1797
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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 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

Mail time

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

July 3rd Graduation

Started by Jeff May 13. 0 Replies

Push and Double Push

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

Early Morning at Airport The Day after PIR

Started by Walter Loyola Apr 8, 2018. 0 Replies

Ship 12 Div 218

Started by Gene Mehl. Last reply by Jamie Stephens Apr 1, 2018. 1 Reply

Comment Wall


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Comment by Tracey McCoy on April 9, 2019 at 5:05pm

Congrats Edward! Your son is just starting this crazy journey. It will be a wild and wonderful ride for him and you as well. I hope you are going to PIR because it is a great experience for all! Is your son headed to A school after boot camp? If so, what rate is he going to be? I have a daughter that has been in the Navy for just over 3 years. She is an MA and has been stationed in Italy since getting out of A school. My son has been in the Navy since last December and is still in Great Lakes for FC school.

Comment by Tony "Skippy" Adams on December 16, 2017 at 4:33pm

@ Paul. Don't worry about the ship / company challenge coins now because, after the PIR, when you pick up pictures at the Exchange (NEX), they will have every coin, picture, frame and other items available for purchase.  If you can't wait that long and your staying at or near the Navy Lodge.  Coins will be available for purchase the evening before PIR in the lobby area, sometime around 1-3 pm.  You'll have one other shot before PIR in the hall before the ceremony too.  Hope that helps.

Comment by NavyDads Admin (Paul) on December 16, 2017 at 4:09pm

only source I'm aware of :

Comment by Paul Smith on December 16, 2017 at 4:04pm
I saw somewhere division challenge coins. Can't find them now. Can you point me in the right direction?
Comment by NavyDads Admin (Paul) on December 16, 2017 at 9:00am

Paul- if you want to get into PIR you will NEED to visit there- read this link-

Comment by Paul Smith on December 15, 2017 at 9:52pm
Ok I'm stupid. What is the recruit family welcome center and what do i use it for? Hopefully someone can clue me in
Comment by NavyDads CoAdmin Jim Gramza on December 15, 2017 at 9:20pm

Friends and family of Recruit Training Command, please be advised that as of the first graduation ceremony of 2018 (January 5), we will be adjusting our Recruit Family Welcome Center hours of operation. Our new hours will be Thursday [10:00 AM to 7:30 PM] and Friday [5:30 AM to 8:30 AM]. Please make note, we will no longer open on Wednesday for normal ticketing hours. Thank you.

Comment by NavyDads Admin (Paul) on December 15, 2017 at 4:14pm

Paul- you'll see that though the days may seem to drag by, the weeks will pass really fast! Before you know it you'll be sitting at PIR waiting for the roll-up door to open !

Comment by Paul Smith on December 15, 2017 at 3:55pm
Got the box today. It's all real now!
Comment by Paul Smith on December 13, 2017 at 1:08pm
My son is my hero. I have known since he was about 3 yrs old he was headed to the military. His favorite color was camo. His nickname was Army Grant. Soldiers Creed poster hanging in his room. Truly service oriented in all he did--always wanting to give back. Very humble. A natural leader. Especially noticed that on the football field. I am very proud to be flying a Blue Star flag out front. I miss having him around but know the Navy is taking care of him. I just needed to vent a little. Thanks for listening. May God bless all our troops, hold them close, and keep them safe!


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