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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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Pass in Review Dates - Dates for Upcoming Graduation Ceremonies

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Contact Your Sailor - RTC Division Addresses -RTC Ship/Div Addresses

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Bootcamp Videos - Several Videos about Bootcamp

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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 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.

Comment by NavyDads Admin (Paul) on August 25, 2019 at 10:12am

Prepare to be flexible though as your sailor may have watch during the weekend.....

Comment by Steve Johnson on August 25, 2019 at 10:01am

Congrats Bob,  my son stay at Great Lakes for A school.  Because they are staying they are whisked away right after the ceremony to move ships and will be released later in the day around 3 pm. Then you will be able to pick  him up then and spend time on Saturday and Sunday.  He does have to be back each day and checked out each morning.

Comment by Bob Crawford on August 25, 2019 at 9:39am

My son is set to graduate Friday, October 11th and will be attending A school at Great Lakes. Would someone be able to tell me if A school starts the day after graduation, or do graduates have the day off?

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?


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