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Boot Camp Moms (and loved ones)


Boot Camp Moms (and loved ones)

To everyone with a loved one at the RTC or soon to be there, we say, "Welcome!"  To those who are sticking around after PIR to help those who are just beginning this awesome journey, we say, "Thank you!"

This is a place to talk, ask questions, and share stories. It is our desire that this Group will provide the information, encouragement, and support you need while your loved one is at the RTC in Great Lakes. Enjoy your time here and feel free to Comment and join in the Discussions. Be sure to check out the "Pages" to the right, located under the pictures of the Members, especially OPSEC and PERSEC (Making Changes to Your Profile), (Click "View All" to see all of them.)

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Answers to Common Questions

Are there any official RTC sites?

Yes, check out and They will have lots of information for you. also has items at times.

The RTC will stream PIR live at and beginning at 8:45 am CST on the day of PIR for those who are unable to attend in person. (Once PIR has passed, you may be able to see the video at


Can recruits take anything to BC with them?

Recruits should go with what they have on their backs, their cell phones, and not much else. (See Things to Do in the Last Month Before Your Future Sailor Leaves for the RTC.)


What will the first day be like at BC?

See Arrival and What Happens at the RTC and Ship/Division--How it Works.

How long is the "I'm here!" call and when will s/he be able to call again?

See Phone Cards and Phone Calls.


When will "The Box" come?

It will usually arrive by FedEx within a few days, but it can take up to 2 weeks at times.


I got my recruit's address from the recruiter. Can I trust it?

Double-check the address the recruiter gave you against those at, but we strongly encourage you to wait on the form letter before sending mail to your recruit. Sometimes a form letter is not mailed by accident and if it has been at least 2 calendar weeks since your recruit arrived at the RTC and you do not have a form letter, then you can call the recruiter and get the address and mail letters to your recruit, but be sure to double-check the address against those at or Ship/Division--How it Works.


When will the Form Letter come and what is in it?

The Form Letter will arrive in your regular mail a week or so after "The Box" arrives--10 days after arrival is the average, but it can come sooner or 2 to 3 weeks after arrival. (You can find a copy of the current form letter in the Page, The Form Letter. The brochure that is included from MWRGL about hotels and other things is at This form letter is full of info and you will need it to get the vehicle/gate pass if you are driving onto the RTC for PIR, so keep it in a safe place. It includes your recruit's address, so now you can mail out all the letters you have been writing. There is more on this in Letter Writing & Fun Stuff/Questionnaires to send to your Recruit.

The Form Letter will also tell you the date of PIR, so you can start making plans for your trip. There are many hotels in the area and there is information in the grad pack and on this site about them. If you fly in, renting a car will make your life easier. Also, if you are flying, some airlines, such as Southwest, will allow you to change your flight if something happens without a charge, so you do not have to book refundable tickets. Plan to arrive the day before PIR so you won't risk missing this very special event and go to Sarge's Meet and Greet from 5 pm to 10 pm at the Sundance Event Center (go to to RSVP) and maybe part of another Meet and Greet (Ramada Inn has one and sometimes Flanagan's). If your Sailor's "A" School or training is in GL, plan to leave late Sunday or on Monday and if your Sailor will be flying out, then plan to leave late Saturday or on Sunday to have the most time with your Sailor. (This may need to be adjusted if PIR is not on Friday.) See Saving Money PIR Weekend and PIR Day and Liberty during PIR Weekend.


Sarge has a taxi service and he is a wealth of information and has a meet and greet at the Sundance Event Center in Waukegan the night before PIR (go to to RSVP). His cell number is 847-212-0246. His M&G and services have been getting great reviews. Find Sarge on N4M as OldSarge.


Once you know your recruit's PIR date, be sure to join the group for that. New groups are posted on here or you can go to and join the group for that once it has been created.


How do I know who my recruit plans to put on the Access List?

The Form Letter will also include the names of up to 3 or 4 people, depending on the size of the TG, that your recruit plans to put on the Access List about 10 days before PIR (some Sailors have indicated that they submitted the names during the week of PIR). If the names on the form letter are not the same as those who will be attending, write to your recruit and give him/her the names that should be listed as they should be written. Recruits sometimes write “Mom, Dad, Bro, Sis” or other similar names to save time and give them more time to write a short note to you (one recruit wrote a single letter on each line); don’t worry your recruit will write the given names on the Access List when the time comes. If you are concerned that your recruit may not know someone’s given name or the correct spelling of someone’s name, write to your recruit and give him/her the names as they should be included on the Access List. Nicknames that a reasonable person would associate with the name on the ID are fine, but it is best if the names on the Access List match the ID’s of those who are attending. will tell you how many guests your recruit is permitted. Children ages 2 and under do not have to be listed, but all others must be on the Access List in order to attend PIR. The then Sailor is able to change the names s/he has submitted for the Access List up to 24 hours before PIR if needed, but it is best if s/he submits the correct names the first time. Let your Sailor know when you receive the "I'm a Sailor!" call if a change needs to be made.


How do I get the vehicle/gate pass?

About 11 days before PIR the link to download the vehicle/gate pass will be posted at You will need to enter the password from the form letter using all capital letters and then print the vehicle pass and handwrite in the information to fill in the blanks. You can print off more than one vehicle pass if your Sailor's guests will be arriving in more than one vehicle or just to be certain that you know where one is.


What will happen PIR weekend?

See PIR Day and Liberty during PIR Weekend and


Donna is not on the site much now and lemonelephant will be helping out along with many others who have begun this journey before you. (Donna, we are forever thankful that you started this group that continues to help so many.)


Be sure to check out the Pages to the right (under the pictures of the Members) for additional information. (You will need to click "View All" to see all of them.)

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Comment by Linaka (ship 2 div 933 PIR 7/1) on May 11, 2011 at 9:25pm
I got my son's box today!  A word of advice before washing the dirty laundry, check all pockets.  My son had removed his battery from his cell phone and put it in his jacket pocket.  Still waiting for the form letter.  I wonder if the division is complete now or if they are still in holding.
Comment by navymommo on May 11, 2011 at 9:17pm
Daughter of Shamommy- THANK YOU!  Your words are very reassuring to new bootcamp parents.  I appreciate the guidance.
Comment by shamommy on May 11, 2011 at 9:09pm


im on my moms account, i just gradutated basic training about 3 weeks ago. i know all of you are worried about your sons and daughters just as my parents were worried about me, there only little girl. BUT dont be. boot camp is tough and your sailors are going to be put through some trying times, but they will be okay. we all come out stronger, i know i did....the navy takes good care of their young sailors. just know that your children miss you as much as you miss them. they will be okay. dont be to nervous. i actually had some fun times while i was at RTC. not all of it was hard/scary. when the going gets tough all the recruits come together and take care of eachother. i always had a shoulder to lean on when things got rough for me, they guys treat the girls like sisters and are always looking out for them. once the division starts coming together as a team, so much love is shown. :) your children are in good hands. keep writting to them letters help soooo much! and when you do get a chance to talk to them on the phone try not to show that your nervous or scared for them, my mom did that and it made me upset. i cant wait until your sons and daughters are able to join me in the fleet! im excited to work with them!

Comment by Valtameri on May 11, 2011 at 9:06pm
Shamommy (or daughter of shamommy) -- I am going to send you a message. I have a question for you.
Comment by shamommy on May 11, 2011 at 8:56pm
KARLEEN, i just graduated from Boot camp 3 weeks ago, i am now in A school in Pensacola FL. your son will get to write home in about a week or so, it takes about 10 or so days for the letters to get to you so be patient but you will be hearing from him soon :) you will also be recieving a packet about his graduation and everything u need to know about that day and he will be able to write a small paragraph letting u know how he is. depending on his RDC's he may call home aorund his 3rd week there.
Comment by CTmomof3 on May 11, 2011 at 8:39pm
Karleen, they can write on Sunday. Maybe a night during the week but Sunday is most likely.
Comment by chadanddianedivision155 on May 11, 2011 at 7:52pm
My sonPIR'd april 29th and we were only allowed 4 people also. the auditorium was very crowded.
Comment by Karleen ship 3 div 221 on May 11, 2011 at 7:50pm

My son just left for basic training yesterday. I miss him already! I did get my call from him late last night. Now I guess I just have to wait, worry and wonder how he's doing until I hear from him again. Does anyone know when the first chance is that they can write home?

Comment by proudmom68 Ship 12 Div 220 on May 11, 2011 at 6:48pm
@TexasSailorMom: how many guests do they generally allow for PIR?
Comment by TexasSailorMom on May 11, 2011 at 5:51pm

Hi everyone. My sailor PIR'd back in April but I still check in here every now and then. I did see on the RTC facebook page that for the 7/1 PIR they will only be allowing the four people on the list your SR turns in. There will not be any extras for that PIR. Wasn't sure if ya'll had heard that yet so I thought I would pass it along.



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