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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).  


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.

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i havent book my flight yet or hotel,,cause hes been sick..but i got a letter today so hes not that sick anymore..i was thinking of the naval lodge..his dad booked a room there already..i heard its very near by the unsure
Ill be staying at the navy lodge

We're staying at the Navy Lodge, as well. Nice and close, and a great rate.  You would book it under your SR's name. 

Can't wait for PIR!

i thought the navy lodge was for NAVY personnel only . also my inlaws are coming too. at the residence inn we will have aliving area with seprate bed and bath it is 3 miles from base.
I am staying at SpringHill Suites in Waukegan.  It is an Awesome hotel.  I stayed there over the 4th of July weekend.  I have heard that the Residence Inn is nice!
i hope the residence inn is nice.

We are staying at the Courtyard in Waukegan. 

diane - Other than PIR, the Navy Lodge IS only for Navy personnel and their families.  For BC graduations, you can book under your recruit's name and stay there, even though it's without him.  It sounded like a nice place, and it's close.  Great rate, too!  Just can't wait to get out there and see my SR!  (Sailor!)

Sheila, do you know if its the closest hotel to the graduation? i wanna be as close as possible. maybe it might not be too late to change hotels. Cause i just wanna be super close.
NalaHooYah - I believe it's 5 miles from the base.  It has views of Lake Michigan from some of the back rooms, I heard, which means it must be close!  Got a great letter from my SR yesterday - he sounded so excited and proud of div 350! 
too late now i better stay where im at . thanks for the info though.
11/351 are calling


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