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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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

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Push and Double Push

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Early Morning at Airport The Day after PIR

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Ship 12 Div 218

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

PIR 06APR18 Ship 11 DIV 146

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Comment by Jamie (Coty's Mom) PIR 12-24-08 on November 30, 2008 at 8:42am
Have him call your phone and leave you a voicemail before he leaves. Then you can hear his voice whenever you want. I wish I had done that.
Comment by Dave on November 30, 2008 at 8:29am
hay all my son is geting picked up to day by his recuriter me and his mom are having a hard time with it
Comment by Jamie (Coty's Mom) PIR 12-24-08 on November 28, 2008 at 5:03pm
Rick keep an eye out on this website for PIR dates
Comment by Rick on November 28, 2008 at 4:36pm
What a great day after Thanksgiving! I received Phillip's first "letter" which provides his mailing address and a one-lined note from him. The rest of it is a form letter from the NAVY that tells families what I already learned from you parents who have posted previously. I also know his Division and his ship. Now I need a PIR date. But at least I can rest better, knowing he loves it so far. From the day he arrived in GL (19Nov) until his letter arrived, it is 9 days. His box arrived 5 days after he left. Hope this helps those parents whose kids are following Phillip's division.
Comment by Glen H. on November 28, 2008 at 7:41am
Corky - when did your daughter start boot camp? Glen
Comment by corky on November 25, 2008 at 10:51pm
she has other numbers to call if she cant get us she called twice saturday.
dry socket, she goes to the dentist every other day and they pack it with gause. she still has has to do everything else that everyone does.
she said she likes going to the dentist because they have a tv there
and it is on the news, so she can see what is going on in the world.
4 weeks to go
Comment by Jamie (Coty's Mom) PIR 12-24-08 on November 25, 2008 at 4:44pm
Thats good to hear Corky...if your not going to be home maybe she can call a friend or another family member. Ouch dry socket- what do they even do for that?
Comment by corky on November 24, 2008 at 9:10pm
i am so glad you finally got your call.
katie called again saturday and sounded so much better than the last call.
even though she had her wisdom teeth pulled and got dry socket, and had a bad cold.
she is adjusting well to the lack of freedom.
the hardest part for her is no cell phone, texting, internet.
we are not very religious, but she has been going to church on sundays.
she said she couldn't call home on thanksgiving .
only on saturday, but we will be in mexico, out of cell range.
we are writing alot , she also said it means very much.
Comment by Rick on November 24, 2008 at 11:21am
Thank you very much for your responses to my question about phone calls. The FedEx driver just left Phillip's box not 5 minutes ago. I took it into his room...the first time I entered his room since he left. His mom will be saddened and happy when I tell her after she gets home from work. We are getting tougher. Hope we can keep a stiff upper lip on Thanksgiving, especially when we say grace. But this will be the most meaningful Thanksgiving of my life. I dare say that's probably true for most of us new NAVY parents on this website. You all help those after you a great deal by letting us know what to expect. I'm thankful for you too.
Comment by David B on November 24, 2008 at 9:17am
Hi all. My son left for Boot Camp last night. I want him to succeed so much! I've underestimated him in the past and am determined not to do so now. So he'll do a great job! Am looking forward to the 30 sec call!

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