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All Hands Magazine's full length documentary "Making a Sailor": This video follows four recruits through Boot Camp in the spring of 2018 who were assigned to DIV 229, an integrated division, which had PIR on 05/25/2018. 

Boot Camp: Making a Sailor (Full Length Documentary - 2018)

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

Location: RTC Chicago, IL
Members: 190
Latest Activity: Mar 19

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


Started by Katrina Dec 13, 2019. 0 Replies

My SR just came into the RCU from hospital..the good news he is recovering, The 'mom' thing is "OMG"...normally so healthy...eek! I don't know the process, and of course want to know that full…Continue


Started by Katrina Dec 13, 2019. 0 Replies

My SR just came into the RCU from hospital..the good news he is recovering, The 'mom' thing is "OMG"...normally so healthy...eek! I don't know the process, and of course want to know that full…Continue

Vision Waiver

Started by Proudmomofsailor79. Last reply by jvjnavysister Nov 20, 2019. 1 Reply

My son was just transferred to Ship 4 as he didn’t pass his vision exam on intake. He did require a vision waiver when he went through MEPS. They are now requesting another waiver. Does anyone have…Continue

+ flu

Started by amb0821. Last reply by Sarah's Human Oct 17, 2019. 1 Reply

My son contacted me Tuesday to say he was sent to RCU for the flu and his graduation date is now pushed back.  a few questions:1.  Do they always return to a group or division on a set day, I mean..…Continue

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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?

Comment by Laura on June 2, 2018 at 7:11pm

6 days in rehab


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