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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

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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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Grad and Go to A School at Great Lakes, Illinois right after P.I.R.

After PIR 1/21/11 my son moved over to his A school at Great Lakes.  He was able to call me to pick him up after he was processed into his new quarters and I met him at the Visitors Center next to the main entrance to the base on Sheridan (St or Ave?) just after dark (1/21/11). Your sailor calls you on your cell and tells you when to meet them at the Visitors Center. Most people park and stay in their cars and watch for the sailors to come out the main gate heading to the Visitors Center.  Then you jump out of your car and wave and yell to them

He was able to be with me in my motel Friday until Sunday. At that time I gave him his contact vosion lenses and his Iphone and Iphone cord.  (I could have given him his lap top computer but he did not have one.) He could have stayed until  8 pm on Sunday but he wanted to go back at 6 pm.. So I droped him off at the Visitors center at 6 pm Sunday. 

On this liberty we went to the Gurnee Mills, eating, saw 2 movies, laughed and had a wonderful time. There were other new sailors there with their parents too. Other moms on site say that the sailor just wanted to be with them and their families playing games or cards for the few days they were allowed.

Yes you could go where you wished for recreation, like Chicago, but the sailor must call into a base phone # they are given twice a day. My son/sailor had to call in to that specific number for roll call at 8 pm and again in the morning at 8 am each day of liberty. Failure to do so and they are AWOL and will forfit their continued liberty.

Have a great time with your sailor!!

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Thanks for sharing you and your sailors experience ~ my daughter will be leaving for bootcamp in a few days and she will be a grad and go also ~ so it is nice not to just go in completely blind.
Will she be a Grad and Go to Great Lakes A school or will she be flying out to another base?  That Grad and Go has different information...What to do to go to the airport to be with them before they fly out!!  Find out more info.  If it is the latter Grad and Go find the description about that type of Grad and Go on the site.  Congratulations to your sailor recruit and her bootcamp experience.
I treasure that experience at the PIR on 9/2/10.  Met 5 very special mom's at the meet and great the night before at Ramada Inn.. for new PIR's don't miss the meet and greet. Grandson spent school at Great Lakes ( that time zoomed by) and now he is on a big ship in Japan. touring the world. GO NAVY...USA  USA   USA  I love   PS.for  new PIR's .wear comfy clothes and SHOES..and take a book to read. and water and snacks.--------- lots of walking and waiting


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