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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)

Boot Camp: Behind the Scenes at RTC

...and visit - America's Navy and also Navy Live - The Official Blog of the Navy to learn more.

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Always keep Navy Operations Security in mind.  In the Navy, it's essential to remember that "loose lips sink ships."  OPSEC is everyone's responsibility. 

DON'T post critical information including future destinations or ports of call; future operations, exercises or missions; deployment or homecoming dates.  

DO be smart, use your head, always think OPSEC when using texts, email, phone, and social media, and watch this video: "Importance of Navy OPSEC."

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**UPDATE 4/26/2022** Effective with the May 6, 2022 PIR 4 guests will be allowed.  Still must be fully vaccinated to attend.

**UPDATE as of 11/10/2022 PIR vaccination is no longer required.

**UPDATE 7/29/2021** You now must be fully vaccinated in order to attend PIR:

In light of observed changes and impact of the Coronavirus Delta Variant and out of an abundance of caution for our recruits, Sailors, staff, and guests, Recruit Training Command is restricting Pass-in-Review (recruit graduation) to ONLY fully immunized guests (14-days post final COVID vaccination dose).  


RTC Graduation

**UPDATE 8/25/2022 - MASK MANDATE IS LIFTED.  Vaccinations still required.

**UPDATE 11/10/22 PIR - Vaccinations no longer required.


Please note! Changes to this guide happened in October 2017. Tickets are now issued for all guests, and all guests must have a ticket to enter base. A separate parking pass is no longer needed to drive on to base for parking.

Please see changes to attending PIR in the PAGES column. The PAGES are located under the member icons on the right side.

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Hello N4M Members!
I don’t often start threads and put them on the top of the page like this but it’s important and I need everyone to read it. We’ll be enforcing some new rules starting today per direction of the Navy. No need to get upset or panic… okay? I like to call this the growing pains of getting bigger and needing to become a bit stricter about a few things.

1. So, Navy saw it as a breach of security on N4M’s when members were telling other members how to bend and break the rules (IE get into PIR w/o a parking pass). Thus, any tricks like that can’t be talked about. We don’t want to jeopardize the safety of our recruits. This also includes, “I have more than 4 people that want to attend PIR”. If we see that question- the response should be something like:
“Recruit Training Command in Great Lakes, IL is the homeport for all Navy recruit training. If you have specific questions regarding Boot Camp, Pass-in-Review (graduation) or a recruit, please visit If you cannot find the answer there, please phone RTC Public Affairs on 847-688-2405 or email on”

2. Sailor last names are not allowed to be posted. We know in this day and age, that often your children have different last names than you. So, it’s up to you on if you want your last name on here or not, but the Navy is telling us- Do not post sailors last name. You can say my son’s name is John. Just not John Smith.
For people that want to now change their user name... you can find out how to do it here.

3. Remove physical addresses of sailors. (Exception to the rule is FPO address).
It’s not necessarily that our sailors don’t want to be contacted by our sweet Navy Members…it’s more that we have to be sensitive to their privacy. Even if you wanted to post your sailor’s address or your sailor’s friends address, please don’t.

4. Please do not post any names/numbers of the RTC Staff.

So, obviously- easy quick changes on your end. Please go through your profiles, posts, photos, groups, events and videos to make sure the above is deleted and/or edited out. Obviously, I’ll be going through and deleting things as well but it’s helpful if you look over your own stuff.

Thank you for reading this and editing/deleting any of your comments in advance.


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Thanks Catherine for sharing the Info.
Hmmm- you know I haven't seen the videos you mention- do you think they are on youtube? (Is that how you saw them?).
I'm not sure I understand the part about last names......

Are we NOT to post them?

Navy Times every week publishes the full name of all graduating Sailors.

A Navy command, the Fleet Home Town News Center (FHTNC) routinely sends out press releases with full names, parents names, home towns, etc.

What am I missing here?
Not trying to start an argument, just trying to gain understanding.

And I don't view it as dis-courteous to brag about my Sailors.

But I'll behave and not reveal the secret that they've enlisted.


Hans (aka "Crusty")
Master Chief Petty Officer
US Navy (Retired)

Oh-by-the-way, I detest the term "recruit". They're "Sailors".
I thought they were "recruits" in boot camp until they go through Battlestations. After that, they've earned the name "sailor".
As far as I'm concerned they earn the title "Sailor" the moment they solemnly raise their hand and pledge their life forfeit in our defense.
Amen Crusty!
Crusty- I am still learning/understanding/exploring gray areas of last names being mentioned. I myself usually pull photos and captions off of and post them here (that contain last names). If you have any questions, ask by all means. :) But for the general rule, we must say no to last names. -CC
Does Navy grand-parent count? I have a grand-daughter serving on the Staff of ComThirdFleet, a grandson serving in USS Howard, and a grandson serving in USS Green Bay.

In addition, I'm Administrator of --- drop on over sometime.
Got it Catherine! We're putting together a holiday card list for our deployed sailors on TR - it's still ok to do that as long as we use pm or my external e-mail for it, right? We don't want to do anything to put the safety of our sailors in jeopardy, but we DO want them to know they are loved - especially at the holidays!
You do an awesome job - glad to help any way I can!
Debbie: It's your call, whatever you are comfortable with, just always proceed with caution. - CC
I took everyone's addresses off my site and changed my request to have the moms who wish to send cards to all of our sailors to privately e-mail me off the site. Nothing is going to get posted EVER again regarding addresses. We've gone through and asked all the newer moms to take the addresses they posted off. All of us are going through ALL of our comments to make sure they are not giving out information that shouldn't be posted. We want our sons and daughters on deployment to be safe and coming home to us next year!!! Hope we're doing everything we can!!!


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