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
Thanks Janaina. Just wanted to let you know that hikermom (she is from Santa Rosa) will be posting meet and greet in your area soon. We do have quite a few members in north of San Fran areas. We had spring meet and greeta at Chicago Pizza in 2011 and at McCleary's in 2012 (both in Petaluma). BTW, if you want to change your photo and username, just click Settings on upper right. Be sure to hit save. Additionally, I normally click "stop following" on all groups just so I don't get too many email notifications. Please stop by the San Fran group and we can talk some more and look forward to meeting you in person
Thanks a bunch for all the information! My son leaves for boot camp on June 11th and this site has really helped ease my mind by answering questions he couldn't/wouldn't. It seems like the recruiter reeled him in, signed him up then cut him off. Luckily he found another recruiter who has more experience and has been a lot more helpful. (Thank God!)
I love this website !! I can't wait to dig in and become an oldie instead of a newbie! ;O)
Looking forward to reading more and getting to know some of you as time permits.
We're Navy mom's now!!
You are welcome. I am really glad you want to become an oldie. I am way passed the "oldie" label. I am so old, "relic" is more accurate. The boot camp moms group, your pir group, are going to be your anchors. If there is a geographical group in your area, please join that too. We have many meet and greets in our local San Fran Bay area group (usually attended by 15 to 25 people). I can tell you that the friends I made over the last 4 years will be friends for a life time. lemonelephant will have a bunch links for you. You can also browse around the site. In the discussion tab, input keywords of topics you are interested in and start reading what others have written. We have pretty much encountered everything there is to encounter. And don't forget to check your personal page (click MY PAGE) and your status box (upper right INBOX, FRIENDS, etc) to check if you have friend requests or comments on your wall. Good luck to you and your depper/soon to be recruit.
BunkerQB I just spent about 1/2 hour reading this-didn't open any of the links-and I wish I would have read it in January when my Sailor got on the plane for RTC!
Like my first time in chat-what a mess! There should be a quiz before you are even allowed to enter there!
I deleted the email I received when I joined but did it have this Survival Guide as a link in the email and I just didn't pay any attention? Or OPSEC rules? I know I tried to take the time to read and search for info-not everyone does. Found some great advice that is still relevant just hidden away in 2010.
Thank you for your time and patience-we all appreciate it but may not get the chance to say it!
Hey, thanks a whole bunch. (((HUG))) My former sailor finished his commitment last year, so I am phasing out to a passive role. The site needs parents like you to come back and help newer members. Even a couple of hours a week would really help. The part of being on this site is the friendships I have formed. In fact, about 25 of us are getting together for a meet & greet.
Remind them to look in their personal pages (click MY PAGE) and check their status box (upper right - INBOX, FRIENDS, SETTINGS). And use the SEARCH function. Read the Survival Guide, follow the links posted by some of the vet moms (FireTeamLeaderWife, lemonelephant, diannep, craig and God, I can't remember - memory is gone - early senility)
If you happen to be in the neighborhood ...join us.
I hope you have a place to go to unwind after a day of gentle guidance! I found a former Sailor in my town who will talk with me about how he handled different obstacles. That definitely helps me picture what my son is going through.
The hubs keeps telling me to find something to do...guess this is a fit! It is overwhelming and meeting families just like me has been such a help.
Can't wait to travel and meet some more moms-trying to get some of my fellow NY State mommas to meet up this summer! More fun planning vacations around seeing people!
Have so much fun at your meet & greet! And hope your son is close by - go give him a hug!!!
Both my sons were home for Mother's Day - first time since 2002. Quite a treat. Former sailor now lives just 45 minutes away. But don't see him much since he is so busy with new job and wife, house and dog. Younger son about to head back out to the Mid-west. I am still working full time (I never stopped). Take care. Good luck to you and your sailor and please thank him for me.
We are on Long Island. Would be nice to connect with NY State Moms. Sylvia
We are really just starting. Paperwork is partially in, son Robert has to lose like five pounds. He went to take his ASVAB yesterday and the proctor never showed. We were given the explanation that Fort Hamilton Brooklyn base is under re-org. What does that mean?
Scroll up to Step #3 - do thru the list of things to do. When you are on your computer, join the two groups in Step #4 (Boot Camp Moms more importantly because your son will be leaving in just 7 days). Don't over-think his leaving. If your son has not seen the videos (see above in Step 2) - he should - you should too. Remember, except for the first initial call, he won't hear from him for a period of time. He will be busy during processing, getting adjusted. Remind him and yourself that the Navy has done this for years (w thousands and thousands of recruits). They will take good care of your son. His job is to listen and follow instructions. He will be OK. He can't call you every time he encounters a difficult situation - part of growing up and becoming a productive member of the US Navy is learning to do things the Navy way (without mom and dad hovering nearby). You of course is free to join any support group that will help you adjust. I noticed you are from CA. So am I. Please feel free to hang with us in the San Francisco Bay Area Navy Families Group (just click on this link and click JOIN) - it's a closed group - so your comments are not visible to anyone who is not a member. Very supportive members - we get together a least 4-5 times a year to eat, catch up, vent etc. etc. See you later.