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.
Boot_Camp_Processing_Days_P_days.pdf (71 pages)
Aerial_View_of_Camp_John_Paul_Jones.pdf (23 pages)
Battle_Stations_Part1_of_2.pdf (71 pages)
Battle_Stations_Part2_of_2.pdf (69 pages)
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.
BOOT CAMP - TIMELINE AT A GLANCE.
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.
Things to Do in the Last Month Before Your Future Sailor Leaves for the RTCSTEP 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
Sorry I didn't see your comment over the weekend. We were away. By now you might have received the form letter. If so, please join the PIR group associated with the date on the form letter for graduation. Click the MAIN tab on the menu bar, then click on the discussion referring to PIR groups. Reply back and we'll walk you thru it.
Thank you so much for all of the info!!
I see from your profile, that your son/daughter is waiting to leave for Bootcamp. Please ask him to join the NavyDep.com site and you should join the appropriate groups. Get him prepared. Get yourself prepared. Let's increase his/her chances of succeeding.
I just found this website this week and there is so much information it is overwhelming, but in a good way. I will sit with him and have him look it over. I am hoping the Navy will give him everything he is looking for and what I feel he needs.
You are welcome. Good luck to you and your son. Welcome to Navy For Moms. Hope you stay around and help future newbies - "Pay It Forward" as we say.
If anyone would like to see some of the Chicago sights, I have this Word Doc of attractions near each other that might be helpful.
The attachment is immediately before your question.
The BEST Chicago piazza... Landmark piazza place. two locations, one down town Chicago, a couple of blocks from Union Station or the Sears tower or one in a close to base mall.
7105 Grand Ave.
You can even mail order frozen piazza. We went with both of our twins PIR's. Piazza like 2" thick!!
Lou Malnati's is better than Giordano's
Giodano's - Factory food, 17 restaurants in the Chicago area
Lou Malnati's - Factory food. 40 restaurants in the Chicago area
The Silo - One of a kind. Best ever, the real deal. Lake Bluff, minutes from RTC.
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