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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.

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Boot Camp Forum, Helpful Links and Videos

2016 Basic Military Training Core Competencies Manual

Something you should know about ADD and ADHD 

Moment of Truth - First week of Boot Camp

Complete Family Guide to Boot Camp and Pass in Review (PIR)

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


You must save the form letter you get from your SR. It will have important information on it including the password so you can download the parking pass when it's time to go to PIR. Even if you rent a vehicle to drive to PIR from your hotel, you will need the parking pass. SAVE THAT FORM LETTER!

That is all...stand down!


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.

Discussion Forum

Ship 11 Div 283

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Ship 14, DIV 227, PIR 7/28/17

Started by Stephen Phillips. Last reply by John Alan DeMarco yesterday. 1 Reply

Ship 03 DIV 277

Started by Bobby Soileau. Last reply by Phil Halmers yesterday. 4 Replies

Metra question

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Division 252 PIR date 08/18/17

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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.

Comment by NavyDads Admin (Paul) on May 25, 2017 at 12:53pm

Renee- the list can be long, but includes: if someone develops asthma, discover an irregular heart beat, headaches that don't go away, injuries that prevent you from completing PT, gain too much weight, find any other health issue that wasn't found prior to boot, and a list mental issues such as anxiety, depression, migraines, etc..

Comment by Renee Lancaster on May 25, 2017 at 12:13pm

May I ask a general question,  what would qualify for a medical separation. 

Comment by Tom Brown on May 25, 2017 at 12:08pm


Don't despair yet.  My son was nearly separated for a medical reason in January, 2 days before graduating boot camp.  The news was devastating, as you know. Do not give up. You need to get the details of his situation. In my son's case he was advised to never agree to the separation and to ask for an appeal, and if necessary, an appeal of the appeal. He was told that he could apply for a medical waiver from the CO at Great Lakes. He appealed and was denied. He appealed again to the Admiral in charge of Navy training, but before his appeal reached the Admiral's desk his case was reviewed by a medical staffer and the separation order was rescinded.  During this appeal process we contacted one of our Senators who serves on the Senate Armed Services Committee to ask for his support during the appeal - fortunately we never had to get him involved.  My point is: do NOT resign yourself to this - fight it.   

Comment by Andrew on May 25, 2017 at 6:50am

Chris Gans,

So sorry to hear that about your son.  I know that it doesn't help the pain at this moment but God has a plan for him.  Please thank him for his willingness to serve.

Comment by Chris Gans on May 25, 2017 at 6:40am

We got a very disheartening call yesterday from our son.  He is being medically separated.  Still not sure exactly what the exact reason is, but he was in tears about the whole thing.

Comment by Dan Mountjoy on April 29, 2017 at 8:22am

Got our "I'm a sailor" call yesterday afternoon!  I'm proud as can be!


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