THIS DISCUSSION WAS CREATED FOR THOSE WITH A FAMILY MEMBER AT OR PREPARING TO GO TO NAVY BOOT CAMP.
The single most important site to bookmark on your browser is the Recruit Training Command website – the official website from the Navy containing information for recruits & families. Here you'll find the phone number/email for the Public Affairs Office, FAQs, mission statement for the Recruit Training Command, the history of the program. Here is where you will find the graduation dates for various Training Groups and the link to print your pass for parking at graduation (call PIR Pass In Review). Many, many of your questions will be answered if you study the information on this site.
Recruit Training Command - Main Page (clickable link)
Note items on the MENU bar, such as ABOUT, RECRUITS, GRADUATION, etc. The RECRUITS page of the site displays "Prepare Yourself" and "What To Expect." Under GRADUATION, You'll see 8 sub sections. The sub sections contain pertinent information regarding PIR.
Recruit Training Command - Facebook Page (clickable link) to see photos
of current recruits at RTC
GRADUATION STREAMING LIVE (Clickable link) Watch our recruits graduate
at 0845 Central Daylight Time on scheduled Fridays
STEP 1 - JUST FOR YOUR RECRUIT - A SPECIAL WEBSITE. Your recruit should study this fantastic power point presentation (the four PDF files) made by Craig, a N4M member. He was in the Navy himself and has a son in the Navy. He has a website JUST for the recruits. If your son/daughter is struggling with getting answer, this site may be for him/her. Craig put together the PDF files and found the diagram of the barracks. He is a wealth of information.NAVY DEP.com (clickable link)
In the PDF files below, you'll see maps of the Recruit Training Center at Great Lakes, the ILL area, photos, diagrams, a list of the addresses of the "ships", - a great overview of the beginning processing days. It will take you from the beginning when your recruits arrives at Great Lake to the end of processing days - you will feel like YOU have been processed too. This link opens up a PDF file. You can print a hard copy. If you are downloading this for the first time - it may take a minute or two (depending on the speed of your computer - possibly longer - be patient). You can also save this file to your own hard drive for future reference. But don't worry it'll always be here.
THE VIDEOS AND THE PDF FILES WILL A LONG TIME TO DOWNLOAD (THE FIRST TIME). It'll look like nothing is happening. Be patient. I would recommend printing these four files and putting them in a binder. It'll be a great way to show family and friends what your recruit will be going through.
STEP 2 - BOOT CAMP VIDEOS from P DAY to PIR
NEW VIDEOS. These were found on the official Recruit Training Command website as of Aug 2014.
OVER VIEW & FACES OF THE NAVY (YouTube) Approximately 25 minutes.
PASS-IN-REVIEW (PIR), Boot Camp Graduation Approximately 2 minutes.
Navy Boot Camp - What To Expect Again another very brief over view.
The YouTube videos below are essentially the ones featured on the RETURN TO BOOTCAMP series (which the Navy is no longer promoting) - but I found the links. BunkerQB.
STEP 3 - COUNT DOWN TO DEPARTURE DATE. Click on the link below to a separate discussion listing all the of things to do the last month before your loved ones leaves for boot camp.STEP 4 - GET INVOLVED. GET CONNECTED. BE PART OF A GROUP (Navy For Moms Groups that is). Preparing for PIR and other stuff. Don't do this alone.
Leaving For Boot Camp in January Leaving For Boot Camp in February
Leaving For Boot Camp in March Leaving For Boot Camp in April
Leaving For Boot Camp in May Leaving For Boot Camp in June
Leaving For Boot Camp in July Leaving For Boot Camp in August
Leaving For Boot Camp in September Leaving For Boot Camp in October
Leaving For Boot Camp in November Leaving For Boot Camp in December
THE FORM LETTER:
You will received this form letter (from RTC) soon after your sailor recruit starts boot camp. This form letter contains four important items.
Click HERE to see sample of the form letter.
If you have an address (either from your recruiter or from your form letter), start writing, use plain regular letter size envelopes - the two addresses may be different - don't panic - it'll get there - use the one your recruit gives you in the form letter as soon as you get it. Number your letters - your recruit may get them in bunches and out of sequence.
STEP 5 - Get to know the Navy For Moms site. Just underneath the big blue Navy For Moms masthead, you will find a menu bar with a bunch of tabs. The tabs you will quickly become acquainted with will be "MY PAGE", "EVENTS", "FORUMS", "GROUPS", "BLOGS" and "CHAT"
KEEP THESE TIPS IN MIND ON USING THIS SITE:
ACKNOWLEDGEMENT: I am indebted to the many "veteran" moms, dads, wives, fiancees, girlfriends who have been on this site and have contributed so much to the site's success and to the information that I have gathered here. In particular, I would like give a special thanks to the ladies who run the the Boot Camp Moms group, PIR groups & the Navy MEPS & DEP group. There are people in many areas who have contributed hours and hours - maybe even hundreds of hours in the Forum Discussions, to Blogs and in Chat. For an all volunteer site, it has been amazingly effective.
This guide is an on going project, please feel free to make suggestions. We will revise this periodically. Please note - if someone out there would like to revise/rewrite this or take over, please feel free to give it a shot. Just call me. BunkerQB
Hey can i switch to a new email?
Go to Settings (upper right). When the page opens up, you'll see your current email address under the Profile Heading. Next to it, you'll see the word change. Just click on it, change your email address. Be sure to click SAVE.
Great job! And long overdue.
We welcome suggestions. Your sailor is at the beginning of his/her journey. Mine is concluding his. I want to be sure this is relevant. Please send suggestions to me via personal message or here. I am going to beef up the explanation of the form letter which I did on a blog and is ready to be copied and pasted here. I am sure I'll come up with a few others.
I was reviewing some of the discussions I have posted on - about 850+ I had some good stuff. I am going to compile them and put them in one document. I have an idea I want to run by you ...
Thank you so much for all of this wonderful information!!!! Waiting for the form letter ANY day now. I might camp out at the mailbox tonight!!! LOL
One of the members on our San Francisco Bay Area Navy Families (clickable link) group has been giving the postman the evil eye because it has been nada for days - and she is beyond impatient, so I posted some songs for her. Check it out. Page 2
This needs to be at the top again to help the newbies....
Bunker - Love this...I will be directing the PIR group members to it. When I was learning how to get around on here I would frequently search out your posts. They helped me write step-by-step (I think I have the bugs worked out now!) for starting the PIR group and adding administrators, how to add a discussion and change your username, URL etc... for those technotards like me!
I'll be printing it out!
FTLW, please let me know if there is anything I should include in the guide. Two items come to my mind 1) links to the Leaving for Bootcamp in January, Leaving for Bootcamp in Feb etc groups. 2) sample of the form letter. By the way I added call outs to the sample form letter. I included this in my updated blog about the form letter.
I also think I should add to the "TIPS" section on using the N4M site a paragraph about the beeping when CHAT is connected and how on some computer being connected will cause the site to run slower than normal.
New members can always find the guide by clicking on MAIN on menu bar, look at the discussion on the middle column, scroll down to the one about the Guide.
Talk to you soon.
I did have a question about the computer running slower...dear son,before he left, said that this is due to this being a social site? Is there any way that you have found to have it speed up, other than to NOT log in? (it seems to help but of course can't ask anything,etc)
I have found that if you go into Chat and stay logged on to Chat, N4M site will run slow. You should disconnect from Chat if you are leaving Chat to explore forum, blogs, groups or outside of n4m site. See the little green or red dot on your bottom right? If it is green, click on it and click on "disconnect", the dot will turn red. That should do it. Remember N4M will do maintenance periodically, it's always slow then. Periodically, I erase all my "cookies" and that help but of course you will have to input the password and username when you log on again (to any site). You should also eliminate old bookmarks for favorite site periodically too.