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Navy Boot Camp: Questions & Answers to what your Sailor will be doing at Recruit Training Command (RTC) Great Lakes, IL.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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. 



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