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Boot Camp Moms (and loved ones)

To everyone with a loved one at the RTC or soon to be there, we say, "Welcome!"  To those who are sticking around after PIR to help those who are just beginning this awesome journey, we say, "Thank you!"

This is a place to talk, ask questions, and share stories. It is our desire that this Group will provide the information, encouragement, and support you need while your loved one is at the RTC in Great Lakes. Enjoy your time here and feel free to Comment and join in the Discussions. Be sure to check out the "Pages" to the right, located under the pictures of the Members, especially OPSEC and PERSEC (Making Changes to Your Profile), (Click "View All" to see all of them.)

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Answers to Common Questions

Are there any official RTC sites?

Yes, check out https://www.facebook.com/NavyRecruitTrainingCommand and http://www.bootcamp.navy.mil/index.html. They will have lots of information for you. https://www.facebook.com/NavalServiceTraining also has items at times.

https://www.facebook.com/ASBPGreatLakes has pics of some of the recruits who give blood while at the RTC. Those donations occur about 2 weeks (10 to 16 days depending on the division) before PIR.

The RTC will stream PIR live at http://www.livestream.com/usnavyrtc and http://navylive.dodlive.mil/ beginning at 8:45 am CST on the day of PIR for those who are unable to attend in person. (Once PIR has passed, you may be able to see the video at https://www.dvidshub.net/tags/video/navy-boot-camp-graduation, but not all of them are included there.)

 

Can recruits take anything to BC with them?

Recruits should go with what they have on their backs, their cell phones, and not much else. (See Things to Do in the Last Month Before Your Future Sailor Leaves for the RTC.)

 

What will the first day be like at BC?

See Arrival and What Happens at the RTC and Ship/Division--How it Works.

How long is the "I'm here!" call and when will s/he be able to call again?

See Phone Cards and Phone Calls.

 

When will "The Box" come?

It will usually arrive by FedEx within a few days, but it can take up to 2 weeks at times.

 

I got my recruit's address from the recruiter. Can I trust it?

Double-check the address the recruiter gave you against those at http://www.bootcamp.navy.mil/contact_recruit.html, but we strongly encourage you to wait on the form letter before sending mail to your recruit. Sometimes a form letter is not mailed by accident and if it has been at least 2 calendar weeks since your recruit arrived at the RTC and you do not have a form letter, then you can call the recruiter and get the address and mail letters to your recruit, but be sure to double-check the address against those at http://www.bootcamp.navy.mil/contact_recruit.html or Ship/Division--How it Works.

 

When will the Form Letter come and what is in it?

The Form Letter will arrive in your regular mail a week or so after "The Box" arrives--10 days after arrival is the average, but it can come sooner or 2 to 3 weeks after arrival. (You can find a copy of the current form letter in the Page, The Form Letter. The brochure that is included from MWRGL about hotels and other things is at Friends and Family Brochure OCT-2016.pdf.) This form letter is full of info and you will need it to get the vehicle/gate pass if you are driving onto the RTC for PIR, so keep it in a safe place. It includes your recruit's address, so now you can mail out all the letters you have been writing. There is more on this in Letter Writing & Fun Stuff/Questionnaires to send to your Recruit.

The Form Letter will also tell you the date of PIR, so you can start making plans for your trip. There are many hotels in the area and there is information in the grad pack and on this site about them. If you fly in, renting a car will make your life easier. Also, if you are flying, some airlines, such as Southwest, will allow you to change your flight if something happens without a charge, so you do not have to book refundable tickets. Plan to arrive the day before PIR so you won't risk missing this very special event and go to Sarge's Meet and Greet from 5 pm to 10 pm at the Lakehurst Event Center (go to http://www.mynavytaxi.com/events.html to RSVP) and maybe part of another Meet and Greet (Ramada Inn has one and sometimes Flanagan's). If your Sailor's "A" School or training is in GL, plan to leave late Sunday or on Monday and if your Sailor will be flying out, then plan to leave late Saturday or on Sunday to have the most time with your Sailor. (This may need to be adjusted if PIR is not on Friday.) See Saving Money PIR Weekend and PIR Day and Liberty during PIR Weekend.

 

Sarge has a taxi service and he is a wealth of information and has a meet and greet at the Lakehurst Event Center in Waukegan the night before PIR (go to http://www.mynavytaxi.com/events.html to RSVP). His cell number is 847-212-0246. His M&G and services have been getting great reviews. Find Sarge on N4M as OldSarge.

 

Once you know your recruit's PIR date, be sure to join the group for that. New groups are posted on here or you can go to http://www.navyformoms.com/forum/topics/groups-listed-by-pir-date and join the group for that once it has been created.

 

How do I know who my recruit plans to put on the Access List?

The Form Letter will also include the names of up to 3 or 4 people, depending on the size of the TG, that your recruit plans to put on the Access List about 10 days before PIR (some Sailors have indicated that they submitted the names during the week of PIR). If the names on the form letter are not the same as those who will be attending, write to your recruit and give him/her the names that should be listed as they should be written. Recruits sometimes write “Mom, Dad, Bro, Sis” or other similar names to save time and give them more time to write a short note to you (one recruit wrote a single letter on each line); don’t worry your recruit will write the given names on the Access List when the time comes. If you are concerned that your recruit may not know someone’s given name or the correct spelling of someone’s name, write to your recruit and give him/her the names as they should be included on the Access List. Nicknames that a reasonable person would associate with the name on the ID are fine, but it is best if the names on the Access List match the ID’s of those who are attending. http://www.bootcamp.navy.mil/upcoming_grads.html will tell you how many guests your recruit is permitted. Children ages 2 and under do not have to be listed, but all others must be on the Access List in order to attend PIR. The then Sailor is able to change the names s/he has submitted for the Access List up to 24 hours before PIR if needed, but it is best if s/he submits the correct names the first time. Let your Sailor know when you receive the "I'm a Sailor!" call if a change needs to be made.

 

How do I get the vehicle/gate pass?

About 11 days before PIR the link to download the vehicle/gate pass will be posted at http://www.bootcamp.navy.mil/upcoming_grads.html. You will need to enter the password from the form letter using all capital letters and then print the vehicle pass and handwrite in the information to fill in the blanks. You can print off more than one vehicle pass if your Sailor's guests will be arriving in more than one vehicle or just to be certain that you know where one is.

 

What will happen PIR weekend?

See PIR Day and Liberty during PIR Weekend

http://www.bootcamp.navy.mil/fam_guide.html and http://www.navyformoms.ning.com/custom/media/downloads/N4M_PIR_infographic_web.pdf.

 

Donna is not on the site much now and lemonelephant will be helping out along with many others who have begun this journey before you. (Donna, we are forever thankful that you started this group that continues to help so many.)

 

Be sure to check out the Pages to the right (under the pictures of the Members) for additional information. (You will need to click "View All" to see all of them.)

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Comment by jennifer 9 minutes ago
I'm sitting in a nursing home auditing...and across the street is a church. As I'm sitting here working, the bells just played America the Beautiful. It is giving me chills. Praying the our SRs are thriving. They are fore front in my mind. Omgsh now just played my country Tis of thee. What a gift while I'm working. Made me think of all of you.
Comment by OtterBaby 38 minutes ago

JRMom - We're friends. Isn't your SR in either my son's DIV 220 or sister DIV 219? Maybe I can help!!

Comment by Samray5 2 hours ago

JRMOM  when does your SR graduate and what div???? Maybe someone can help

Comment by ShawnMom 2 hours ago
JRMom sorry you won't be able to attend but you can certainly enjoy it from home. My in-laws were not able to attend so they set up a PIR watching station in bed (they are on the West Coast so it was early for them.) They wore the PIR ribbons I made for them on their pajamas, and had their coffee at the ready. We sent them a selfie of us watching and they sent us one of them watching. Do you know anyone attending? You might ask around on any lists you are on. There might be someone who could meet your sailor and allow you to talk or Skype or FaceTime on their phone after the ceremony.
Comment by JRMom 2 hours ago
How is everyone holding up?
I learned that I won't be attending graduation, makes me sad but I am hoping I can view it on live feed.
My son is doing really well. He says many of them are doing well.
He said Letters/calls for his division are affected by the Commanding Officer so Keep your smiles on everyone.
Prayers for all of our kids.
Comment by Anti M 3 hours ago

jennifer, if they have A school at Great Lakes, then they can take back whatever electronics and clothes to their new barracks, after they have checked in.  Everyone who is flying out to A school cannot take anything back to RTC with them, but you can meet them at the airport to hand their phones, etc, over.

A word on security clearances: they really never finish them completely before they ship.  They do enough to get them to RTC, then complete the clearances in stages.  I needed a Top Secret for C school, and it didn't come through until I was done with A school. That was over 30 years ago, one of the things which does not really change.  These just take time. Honestly, I think the internet and our new larger electronic footprints actually have slowed things down!

Comment by Black belt mom 3 hours ago

Ibetiz - my son too arrived 6/22 - am waiting patiently for box and letter.  Remember no news is good news.

Comment by Lady Bug 3 hours ago
My son's A school is in Great Lakes and they can have electronics but not the weekend before it starts.
Comment by ShawnMom 3 hours ago
Ibeitz-I think 1-2 weeks is average to receive the form letter. My sailor was in P-Days longer than average and our letter came a bit later than 2 weeks. Yes, I admit, I stalked the mailman. But politely, from my house, so I wouldn't frighten him.
Comment by ShawnMom 3 hours ago
Momma goose and Lemonelephant, according to my sailor who graduated in Feb, and is now part way through C School, the Navy is backlogged on security clearances so things aren't moving at their regular pace. I don't know if that is rate specific or across all rates.
 
 
 

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