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OT Question about Navy RTC
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Maggie/TX    Posted 08-23-2003 at 08:55:35       [Reply]  [No Email]
Lockie, or anybody who knows, I was checking out the website for Great Lakes Navy basic training and have a question about their week by week schedule. They have the first week listed as "P-week" and then start numbering 1, 2, 3, etc. on the weeks. Is "P-week" the week in which they arrive? I figure that has to be it, but wondered if they start numbering "Week 1" as the NEXT full week after the one in which they arrive. And I would like to know what does the "P" stand for? Thanks for any info. :)

IT2(SW) Barry J Roblin    Posted 01-26-2004 at 10:16:45       [Reply]  [Send Email]
'P' stands for processing. You have to pass medical screening and other fun stuff before you can be 'exercised' by your RDC's. (Recruit Division Commander). Also, your weeks are wierd. In the middle of your training you get to do service week, or at least last time I checked you did, in which you help out in the galley on base or do various cleaning duties, etc. It definitely breaks the time there in boot camp, but my point is that some service weeks are longer for some divisions, usually depending on the time of year and how many recruits are available to do these duties. I think service week is week 4, but when I was there mine lasted for 9 days. In other words, a week may not be seven days long. They say Navy boot camp is like 8 1/2 weeks long, but in reality it's closer to 10.

Charles(Mo)    Posted 08-23-2003 at 19:45:19       [Reply]  [No Email]
Maggie, my son just got out of the Navy on July 16th. I just tried to call him on his cell, but couldn't reach him. I will try again in a little while and ask him. He is out catfishing. When your daughter graduates Recruit Training, I hope you can go and see her. It meant a lot to us.

The day I drove my boy to the recruiter's station to leave for the Great Lakes was one of the hardest things I went through. I was proud and extremely sad.

That 4 years went by pretty quick and Derek(my son) got to sail around the horn of South America and ultimatly made a complete trip around the world. He spent 3 months in the Persian Gulf. I can't tell you how much we worried about him.

We prayed for him every day and trusted in God to keep him safe. And God blessed us and we have him home. I really feel for the parents of their sons and daughters that are in the service. We should all remember to pray for our sons and daughters and their parents.

May God bless you always

Maggie/TX    Posted 08-23-2003 at 20:46:54       [Reply]  [No Email]
Charles, talk about coincedences! Your son graduated on my daughter's 20th birthday! Thank you and everybody for replying to my question. I think it probably is "P" for Processing, that sounds right. You know how it is, you just want to know about what they are doing as a way of connecting when they are far away.

I pray for her every day but am not worried. She has excellent guardian angels with her all the time, this I know. This is a great opportunity for her to travel and learn that she would not have any other way.

I plan to be there when Marie graduates basic if I have to take out a loan to be able to go.

Her recruiter came and picked her up at our house and drove her to Houston to start processing to go.

Thank you all:)

Ron,Ar    Posted 08-23-2003 at 14:17:29       [Reply]  [No Email]
When I did basic training at Great Lakes we spent the first week across "the road" from NRTC in old Camp Barry where we did all our medical, dental, and all our uniforms were issued. It was called recieving barracks then. BTW things could have changed, that was in 68. Oh, Les, that was 1968, not 1868.

Les    Posted 08-23-2003 at 11:32:46       [Reply]  [No Email]
My guess would be that P stands for Processing (in)? Training don't actually start until all that admin stuff like shots, tests, uniform issue, etc. is out of the way.

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