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
that is the answer! I accidentially discovered it after I typed my question but wanted to wait before passed on this tidbit. So far things are loading much quicker- thank you!
BTW, to see all the discussion in which I have posted a comment on - go to my profile. Under my photo, you'll see "Discussioins" and a number after it (indicating the number of discussions I have posted on). Just click on that and you'll be able to scroll to the right comment. You could view the discussion comments of all your N4M friends.
This is GREAT! Thank you so much for this. My son leaves March 14th from Centennial Colorado. and I have not been able to find much information for the 800 group. He is in EOD. spec ops. I was very happy to see you are from Centennail CO also, as it seems everyone is in Arvada.
I have so many questions, but will take my time going over all the info you have made avail here.
Look forward to talking to you in the future.
Craig is not only a great provider of useful information but he has a son in the Navy and soon another child in the military - he truly cares about out service members. Good luck to you and your son.
we from colorado also my son left to boot camp two weeks from now i dont know much info 800 group he is ,regular group
proudeodmommy - Glad you found this area. This is exactly where I wanted you to go an look. This Survival Guide is probably one of the best things here on N4M. It is just jammed packed with great info.
Since you're from Centennial too, my wife and I go out constantly for dinner. We would enjoy having you and your son join us. Tell him it's time to throw away the WOW and start learning about the Navy.
Sorry,, I missed this until now. My son is at bc, but would love to met you both. feel free to send me a private message on email , I tried to friend u but was unable.
mom11/110 - Where you are in the Navy pipeline you really need to join these two groups. The veteran moms on these two groups know their stuff. They can answer almost any question, and if they don't know it, they will find out. I highly recommend them.
You will find as your sailor continues his journey in the Navy, then you will join other groups. They might be his boot camp PIR group, his rating (job), his state, and/or his duty station. You will have a total support system at N4M throughout his career. There is other cool groups here too, like Molly's Adopt A Sailor Project. I totally love Molly's group, talk about helping a sailor out! Woo-hoo..... http://www.navyformoms.com/group/mollysadoptasailorproject
If you have any question about the Navy or what your son is about to go through, the two groups I recommend above is where you need to be now... Just a recommendation...
Additionally, once you have your form letter be sure to join your PIR group (scroll back up to link for Groups Listed by PIR Date). Most join the Boot Camp moms group prior to the recruit leaving because the they meet up with others whose sons/daughters will be graduating the same week. Ladies/gents, don't worry. We'll get you where you need to go.
WOW!! Bunker...you did an awesome job putting this link together (with help I know).
I haven't been here for awhile, but coming back brought all of those "what the h**l has my son signed up for" questions flooding back. I honestly do not think I would have survived his BC weeks without N4Ms!! I "met" so many helpful and great people here. Meeting some of them in person at PIR was the icing on the cake.
Craig...you too are so very helpful and calm. I really appreciated your posts when I was so lost without my only child last year. EVERYTHING you posted was spot on. Thank you from the bottom of this mom's heart!
My son graduated May 6, 2011. It is truly amazing what the Navy does in 9 weeks to transform our civilian men/women into Navy Sailors! For parent's who might be worried about daughters/son's while in BC, they are in the best and safest place they could be for 9 weeks. I didn't believe this myself until I heard it from my son, so maybe I can help ease some of your fears earlier rather than later in the "process".
Because my son is a Seabee in the Reserves, he came back to our home turf in the Seattle/Tacoma/Everett area in August 2011, and for that I am very blessed. He does his drill weekends in various local places and has not yet been deployed. He has a civilian job that he loves, got married when he returned home from A school, and loves being a Seabee.
So, I plan on stopping by much more often than I have been. I am no expert by any means, but I hope I can help in some small way. Please let me know how I can help.
I went to the Meet-N-Greet with Sarge in Great Lakes. He did an awesome job and I am sure proud to know him. I can’t begin to describe how helpful he has been and all he does for our Loved Ones in Great Lakes. Everyone, be sure and go when you get there!!! He does a tremendous job and benefits all the families of our Soldiers. I wish to commend him on a job well done and I will continue to support his efforts!!!!
Thanks again Sarge!!!!!!!!!!
All I can say is THANK YOU!! My first Sailor PIR'd on 5/11 and my next Sailor PIR's 7/6 and I just want you to know this site saved me & my sanity and in turn helped my family!! lol Great Job! I hope to stay active on this site for years to come, in finding it I also found the pure happiness helping other has brought me, so once again..............