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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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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 -
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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.

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

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

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Comment by NavyDads Admin (Paul) on September 14, 2017 at 12:32pm

From RTC: 

Friends and Family of RTC,

Recently RTC changed security protocols in order to ensure the safety and security of our Sailors, recruits, and visitors. In doing so we have implemented a new security form for use in screening all guests who will be attending the ceremony.

To help eliminate any questions about filling out the form and where to return the form, we first encourage everyone to visit our website and review the graduation page or look for answers on our FAQ pages. It is important to remember that these forms MUST be filled out and returned to your recruit in the time indicated on the form and on our website. Again, these forms need to be returned to YOUR RECRUIT. Do not return these forms to Public Affairs, Events, Security, Admin, or any other department at RTC.

The mailing address for your recruit will be delivered to you by your recruit in the initial correspondence you receive from them after they arrive at RTC.

Please remember, it is the recruit’s responsibility to send this initial correspondence to whomever they choose and it is the recruit’s responsibility to keep their families informed on their progress as well as choosing who they want to attend their graduation ceremony. Again, please send your security form to your recruit.

Thank you,

RTC Public Affairs

Comment by Phil Halmers on August 22, 2017 at 5:19pm
Nova- our son is scheduled for 9/8/17 as well. What div is your SR?
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.

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