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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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**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).  


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

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


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There seems to be so many of you lately!!! It is wonderful that you will have each other's support while going thru the process together.

Thought I would start this thread so you can at least connect and share stories together. Seems like there is a fair amount of you in Great Lakes and just as many more trying to decide if you can more to Great Lakes.

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This is great! Thanks so much for the info!


How long is A-school for FC's? I realize its been posted before but for some reason I can't find it. Thanks!


my husband was in GL exactly 1yr, including boot camp.

Just curious if there are any new wives at Great Lakes. My husband is boot camp right now and I will be joining him there after for his A school training. Are there any tips for moving and the whole process? Hoping there is someone else who has recently done this! :)

if you choose to live in military housing make sure your husband tries his best to get a town home not an apartment.
After boot camp he will check in to A school, literally down the street. They will give him all the information he needs to get started (maybe not right away but should with in the first week) He will have to class up (don't recall what its called but its a certain amount of time, possible a test and signatures he has to collect before he can live off base)
He will set every thing up on his end...find a place (they will help him if he chooses military housing...if not you will need to find a place) take him to the housing and make sure all the paper work is done. He will choose to have the military come pack you up or they give you X amount of $ for you to move your own stuff (if you move it save all receipts) they will not ship your car.

Thanks the basics. It may have changed a little but probably not too much. I loved GL, its what you make of it. I was able to make some good friends of the wives my husband went to school with and I'm sure some of them will be life long friends. Get on FB and check out the military great lakes pages and the military housing community is forestal, you can spy on what the houses look like...


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