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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

Graduation date

Started by TheMindy Meacham Berry-Hinkley. Last reply by TheMindy Meacham Berry-Hinkley on Tuesday. 3 Replies

Week 7 questions.

Started by Tim Ramsey. Last reply by NavyDads Admin (Paul) May 11. 1 Reply

Week 7 questions.

Started by Tim Ramsey. Last reply by NavyDads Admin (Paul) May 11. 1 Reply

Phone calls?

Started by Beverly Ryan. Last reply by Beverly Ryan Apr 22. 6 Replies

anyone else graduates 4/21/17?

Started by Dan Granger. Last reply by Robert Anthony Aparicio Apr 16. 2 Replies

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Comment by Renee Lancaster on Thursday

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 Thursday

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 Thursday

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 Thursday

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

Comment by Tom Brown on Thursday


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 Thursday

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 Thursday

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!

Comment by John Alan DeMarco on April 23, 2017 at 7:49am
My son initially put my mom and I. Then in a letter to him i mentioned his uncle was thinking of coming, so on his I am a sailor call he asked me that day if he needed to add my brother or anyone else.
Comment by Dan Mountjoy on April 23, 2017 at 7:21am

From other things I've read, the form letter is just his "intended" list, but is not necessarily the "final" list.  Yes, we got the list in the initial form letter, but now he will need to make changes.  As I mentioned, I have seen reference to a final guest list in other forums, but am just trying to figure out if he needs to initiate that request, or if all SRs will be provided some sort of form to submit during the last week.  Here's what I see on the Navy for Mom's forum from 2012: "Your Recruit fills out the Final Access List form. This is submitted to Security to make the main Access List for the whole TG (Training Group) for PIR day. Your Recruit is the only one authorized to do this. They will fill out this form about 7-10 days before PIR."


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