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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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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

Phone calls?

Started by Beverly Ryan. Last reply by Beverly Ryan on Saturday. 6 Replies

anyone else graduates 4/21/17?

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

Delayed Entry

Started by TheMindy Meacham Berry-Hinkley. Last reply by TheMindy Meacham Berry-Hinkley Apr 10. 2 Replies


Started by Renee Lancaster. Last reply by NavyDads Admin (Paul) Apr 6. 4 Replies

Phone calls

Started by Steve. Last reply by John Alan DeMarco Mar 21. 1 Reply

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Comment by John Alan DeMarco on Sunday
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 Sunday

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."

Comment by NavyDads CoAdmin Jim Gramza on Sunday

The list should have come with the form letter. If it didn't, write to him right away and have him ask about it.

Comment by Dan Mountjoy on Sunday

Just for clarification -- I really just want to know if it will automatically be brought to his attention (through some formal process that everyone does), or if he has to proactively seek someone out to let them know.

Comment by Dan Mountjoy on Sunday

Thanks, Jim, but do you know if there is actually a "final guest list" form the complete?  The only thing he's done so far is the initial form letter -- his expected PIR is May 5.

Comment by NavyDads CoAdmin Jim Gramza on Sunday


I am not sure I am on the access list. Can you find out and make changes if I am not?

It is the recruit’s decision whom to place on the access list. Please communicate with your recruit well before the final week of training to be sure the right names are on the list. The Public Affairs Office does not have a copy of the access list as they names on the list are not divulged to the public. No additions, deletions or changes will be made to the access list the week of graduation.

Comment by Dan Mountjoy on Sunday

Does anyone know when they get to complete their final guest list for PIR?  I've seen some older posts (from about 2012) where they submitted the final list 7-10 days prior to PIR, but I'm not sure if it's still the same or not.  In speaking to our son on the phone tonight, he didn't seem to know how that worked.

Comment by NavyDads Admin (Paul) on April 18, 2017 at 8:20pm
Comment by Renee Lancaster on April 18, 2017 at 10:14am

Thank you everyone for the feedback on the proper pushups. I am very grateful

Comment by John Alan DeMarco on April 18, 2017 at 10:11am
My son struggled with push ups. He passed everything when he got there but push ups and could have ranked up. Learn the proper form. He said once they showed him the correct method it was much easier.

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