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.

Members: 1798
Latest Activity: Aug 7

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

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Comment by Bill Morgan on August 22, 2017 at 8:10am

Randy,  I am in the same boat.  There is only one letter sent, and it is addressed by your SR.  I believe that they decide where to send it.  In my case, it came to my house and I shared it with his mother.

Comment by Randy Giles on August 21, 2017 at 11:39pm

My SR reports to boot on 8/22.  I've heard about the letter that they send to inform parents of their address and division as well as PIR information.  Her mother and I are divorced.  In those situations, do they send the information to each parent? 

Comment by NavyDads Admin (Paul) on August 21, 2017 at 8:21pm

NOVA- it's normal---get used to lack of comms

Comment by Phil Halmers on August 9, 2017 at 5:07am
Thanks Paul. I hope that's the case. He was completely beside himself Saturday when he called.
Comment by NavyDads Admin (Paul) on August 8, 2017 at 9:20pm

he might get held back, but doubt they would remove him unless there were other issues. 

Comment by Phil Halmers on August 8, 2017 at 10:07am
Got a call from our SR Saturday. He was in a pretty bad State of mind. He's VERY concerned because he's having trouble passing the written UCMJ test. He is already on his 3rd try and is being told this is his last chance. My older son (also a sailor) feels like it's more of a tactic to scare him into studying harder and that most likely he will be held back rather than be removed from training. Anyone else ever run into this? His mom and I did our very best to be encouraging but he was pretty distraught by the whole situation. Thoughts?...thanks
Comment by Tony "Skippy" Adams on June 6, 2017 at 9:44am

@ Bill Fort:  Just made it home from my second g-around so, I know how you feel.  My middle son followed his older brother who graduated last year and we just left from his PIR which was June 2, 2017. 

Good luck to your son and your and family and lets hope he's in a push company.

Comment by Bill Fort on June 6, 2017 at 6:29am
Well, this is my second go-round. My son, Seth, arrived at GL last night, following his older brother's trip in 2014. Seth will be going MA after boot. We are hoping for a PIR of 8-4-17. Best wishes to all recruits and families, especially if this is your first experience at GL.
I strongly advise, that if you are planning to attend graduation, get your reservations at the Navy Lodge ASAP! It fills up fast.
Comment by Renee Lancaster on May 25, 2017 at 2:22pm

Thank you all very much for the feedback.  So much more to think about when they are at boot camp

Comment by Tom Brown on May 25, 2017 at 1:27pm

In my son's case it was an allergy to bee stings. His reaction was NOT life threatening as some bee sting allergies are, but his reaction is stronger than most peoples'. As we went through this process with him he met Sailors who faced separation for causes that seem dubious: for example, one Sailor had asthma as a young child but, as a young adult, had not had an attack for many, many years. The main thing to remember is that the recommendation for a medical separation is not a career ending occurrence. Your Sailor has rights, including an appeal process. One of those rights is representation by a JAG Attorney during the review and appeal process. Do not agree to the separation, instead ask for an appeal. And keep asking until all appeals are exhausted.


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