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Hello everyone,

My daughter just arrived at RTC yesterday (December 2nd) and I received the arrived safe call about 1am RTC time.

I was looking up as much information as I could today, and found the Navy's Friends and Family brochure that has information about RTC and local information for where to stay when we were allowed to visit for graduation.

There was also a link ( in the brochure that stated we could order a care package for recruits when we could not attend graduation. You would order a week prior to their graduation date so they would receive it in time.

However, this link does not go to a web store, I only receive error messages after trying several times.

Does anyone know of this program for sending care packages for when recruits graduate and you cannot be there?

Thank you,


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Hi there try this link.

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Thank you for the link. There is a mention of a care package when I selected the link, but the page it goes to doesn't have anything else to select a package.

I'm going to try their phone number tomorrow, maybe someone will know about the program.

Thank you again, have a great evening,


Mark - I've reached out to a contact at RTC and am waiting to see what they say.

I really don't think anything is being done like this now though - as I mentioned in the chat, my son had PIR in 2012 and they weren't doing it then and I haven't heard of anyone mentioning anything now (or even in recent years). 

Best bet will probably be to send the care package when she gets to her A school.

But let's see what kind of response I get from RTC.  Maybe we'll be surprised!


It seemed strange that is is on the Navy's site now, so I wanted to make sure.

Thank you for checking, have a great night.


I just heard back from RTC and they say packages are not being offered at this time due to base access and covid restrictions.  She said pretty certain their service will be unavailable until regular graduations return some day.

Thank you again, I appreciate you looking into it.



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