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RCU SHIP 04 DIV 2341


RCU SHIP 04 DIV 2341


Seamen Recruits are here getting medical treatment for minor injuries. FIT DIV is also in this area. 

Location: RTC Chicago, IL
Members: 164
Latest Activity: Jul 12

It's hard not knowing! That is the purpose for this group. Most likely if you are here your SR has had trouble keeping up or not passed a PFA due to some sort of minor medical issue. Often it stress fractures bringing SR's here. Know this when you don’t get a call that is a very good thing. Calling them is not a good thing and it can negatively impact your SR to have his or her “Mommy“ calling!  They are harder on them in this DIV than any other. They want them up and out. The best thing you can do is sends tons of mail. Send scripture and motivational mail. I know my SR said reading the Bible was considered a sign of weakness here. When you get a tearful call motivate. Stay positive and encourage you SR. This is a small detour to greatness and getting the I'm a Sailor call!  Recruit family and friends…“Navy mom friends are the best“…to send your SR mail as well.  NMH for you all!!

Discussion Forum

Fractured Fibia--RCU 6 days before PIR

Started by Sarah's Human. Last reply by Sarah's Human May 17. 21 Replies

Hi--I received a call from my son that he has a fractured fibia and has been removed from his division, six days before PIR. He's supposed to see an osteopath tomorrow (Wednesday.)Anyone know if…Continue

Tags: fracture, Fibia

Welcome to hurry up and wait!

Started by mangieo. Last reply by sharon s Apr 9. 21 Replies

Hey all!My son shipped to boot on the 22nd of January and that night we received the quick arrival message.  As expected, all went quiet until we received his box and letter on the 25th.  Then quiet…Continue

All writing instruments confiscated, unknown when RCU recruits will get them back (as of 11 MAR 18)

Started by Sarah's Human Mar 16. 0 Replies

My son told me last Sunday that all writing instruments have been confiscated and any recruit who wants a pen or pencil has to request one and explain why. I'm told they are all allowed writing…Continue

FYI: RCU Mail Call

Started by SaltyMom17. Last reply by Sarah's Human Feb 14. 9 Replies

We received a SURPRISE letter from our son, in RCU, this past Saturday. It threw me off because we normally receive on Thursday. He explained in his letter that while in RCU those that require it go…Continue

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Comment by Seabeemom on July 12, 2018 at 8:14pm


ye Athens LT that is fighting for him is the psychologist and mentioned getting him out of RCU for recovery. Not sure what that will mean. And I  will be able to be there for surgery 

Comment by Sarah's Human on July 12, 2018 at 8:00pm

Wow Seabeemom, I thought we had it rough.

Given the extensive recovery time your son might be given the option to return home post-op for recovery. I'm not sure how that works but you might want to tell him to find out for you. It's a grey area that might permit him to spend some if not all of that recovery time out of RCU.

I'm really sorry to hear that.

Comment by Seabeemom on July 12, 2018 at 6:54pm

I know this group isn’t very active but I thought I’d give an update on my son who has been in bootcamp since 2/26. He has been in RCU for about 4 months now and the latest is he is probably going to have to have surgery and will be in recovery there for 2 years. Not sure how this all works before finishing bootcamp so we will see . 

Comment by ArtilleryCorporal on June 29, 2018 at 10:45pm

Hello all. My wife was set to graduate July 13th. But I received a phone call on Tuesday saying that she going to be held back due to a fracture in her knee. I must confess I’m at a lost. I’ve stepped up my writing to her, sent pictures, and even convinced her family to write her more. Is there anything else I can do?

Comment by Sarah's Human on June 13, 2018 at 5:50pm

Hi Laura--

When a recruit is declared fit for duty (FFD) it's a status change and the recruit is permitted a brief scripted phone call to one person to relate their new division number and graduation date (or battle stations date if the recruit, as my son, goes through battle stations as a straggler.)

The every other Sunday call can be rescinded for the entire population of RCU as a disciplinary tool. The command structure of RCU changes rather frequently as well, and if a new chief has come in (s)he can change the phone call routine.

It's a terrible thing to wait and wonder I know, but the every other Sunday call may resume if it was rescinded due to contraband material found or some other disciplinary issue.

Hang in there!

Comment by Laura on June 12, 2018 at 10:45pm

How do u know if they made it out of rcu? Do we have to wait for letter or call every other Sunday?

Comment by NotherNavyMom on June 11, 2018 at 5:21pm

Not sure about the every other Sunday thing. Last call I got was three weeks ago. I know they say "no news is good news" but I am not sure that applies to the RCU. :(

Comment by sarah9310 on June 9, 2018 at 9:29pm

Laura, How long your letters take to get to your recruit depend on how far you are from Great Lakes, IL. The fastest way I know of is sending letters using the Sandboxx App. You type out a letter, attach a picture if you want, electronically send it, it gets printed out and sent to your recruit within 1 day! You are also able to track the letter to make sure your recruit gets it. My husband and I really like the app and I think it's worth it. Hope this helps!

Comment by NotherNavyMom on June 5, 2018 at 6:47pm

Laura-My son wrote a letter dated May 27 and I received it June 1 if that helps at all. :)

Comment by Laura on June 2, 2018 at 7:13pm

I wrote back today as letter came in yesterday. Per anyone’s experience how long does mail take to get to him?


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