THIS DISCUSSION WAS CREATED SPECIALLY 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 RTC site – 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)
The Family Guide (clickable link - a pdf file) Important 3 page document.
Print this, keep it handy for reference. READ THIS FIRST. Answers to most questions.
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.
Approximately 25 mintues. This video will give you an over view of Boot Camp, from the beginning with comments from people involved.
Approximately 2 minutes. PIR at NAVY Recruit Training Command. Not near long enough but will give you an idea of what PIR is like.
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. Just 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.
If you are lucky, you'll find a very brief note from your recruit. There is not much room to write, so don't be disappointed if the letter is short - this will be the first written communication from your sailor recruit.
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.
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
GREAT JOB!!! They need hire you as an Admin, so you get paid for all the work you do here.
LOL. You and I need to get together. When are you coming to CA? Got a guest room for you. I ain't going to Chicago - too cold.
We are looking at taking the kids and grandkids to Disney Land for a big family vacation latter this year. How close are you to it? We could hook up for a dinner and drinks.
It has been a heat wave up here! Was 50 degrees here today! Can you belive that!!! We have had less than 2 inchs of snow this season (so far)! I have a spare room also if you do ever come up here.
I am half way between San Fran and San Jose. I have lots of family in San Diego and Los Angeles - so it's possible. I might fly down for the day. Disneyland is nice - Knott's Berry Farm has a restaurant with the best fried chicken. We'll revisit this as we get closer.
Wow!!! This is great. They need to print this up and hand out at the recruiters office. I was on navy-parents before N4M and can't imagine my son going thru boot camp, the nuc pipeline and sub underways without me being able to vent, ask questions and occasionally be able to help another mom out. No one in my family had been military so it was a whole new experience for me. The info on this site has helped me to not bother/pester my son so much. Thanks to both of you for all your work and advice.
If you go to the recruiters off, please tell them about what BB posted
Son's recruiter told me I knew more about the Navy than he did the other day LOL and it's all thanks to BB and this site!
Angie, did you know that I am going to pay Hannah good money for this comment. At least an extra glass of wine at McNear's, Petaluma - where we will be having our next San Francisco Bay Area Navy Families meet and greet. Any one in the San Fran Bay area (or going to be in the area) is welcome to join us. Here is link to RSVP.
Let's not forget Craig, Emma, Abby, Judy, Anti M, Mark, lemonelephant, Denise many who patrol this site and help wherever we could. And once you get to Boot, there'll be diannep, FireTeam, Jessica, lemon again, LalaRibbon to take your through that phase.
Yes, a big thank you hug to all. And BB I'm taking you up on that wine!
Great. My husband's old Stanford friend is going to join us - he lives in Petaluma. He is sort of a hippy (I think so anyway). We are pretty straight laced. He and my husband vote Dem. I vote Rep. It makes for interesting conversation. His wife died about 6 years ago.
Does this group still exist? I clicked on the link but a blank form appeared.
The San Francisco Bay Area Navy Families group is very active. We usually get together at least 5 to 6 times a year. Last year we had 22 for a meet and greet in Santa Rosa and 20 for a meet and greet in San Mateo and 16 for a BBQ in Walnut Creek. A South Bay/San Jose group gets together 2/3 times at Tony and Alba's on Winchester Blvd - whenever we feel the need. My son has been out of the Navy since 2012 but I love getting together w my N4M families. Here is the link to the SF Bay Area group. It's a private group, you'll have join to see comments. Many of our members are from other parts of CA and quite a few from across the country. You are welcome to join us.