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Join groups!  Browse for groups for your PIR date, your sailor's occupational specialty, "A" school, assigned ship, homeport city, your own city or state, and a myriad of other interests. Jump in and introduce yourself!  Start making friends that can last a lifetime.

Link to Navy Speak - Navy Terms & Acronyms: Navy Speak

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.

OPSEC - Navy Operations Security

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."

Follow this link for OPSEC Guidelines:



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

**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).  

Specific information on this policy change will be provided in the coming days and weeks.

We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience and appreciate your support.


RTC Graduation

**UPDATE 3/07/2022**

Mask Mandate has been lifted but you are still required to be vaccinated.


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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i would like to ask if anyone knows if it is better to fly into ohare airport or milwuake,wisconsin to get to great lakes better


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We found it cheaper to fly into Milwaukee, plus it's a much smaller airport and about a 45 minute ride to GL.  

I would check fares into both places, but we flew into Milwaukee.  Nice, small airport - easy to get rental car and easy to get to Great Lakes. 


thanks for letting me know i was also wandering what time the graduation ceremony starts if you know


you need to get to GL for graduation around 7:00 AM for a good seat I believe it starts at 8:30


We flew into Milwaukee and found it to be a much easier drive than any times I've driven around Chicago. Also, the rental cars seemed to be cheaper, and I believe taxes are cheaper as well.

However, if you're not planning on renting a car, you can catch a train from O'Hare to right next to the military base, then catch a cab from there.

I would also suggest, if you are renting a car, don't drive it onto the base. You can park in the train parking lot for $2 and walk in much quicker. The parking lot is about 50 feet from the entrance and you don't have to wait in the long line of cars to get in.


Start you preparation by reading all the other recent forum discussions and the reply comments.  Many will apply to your situation.  For example, we have put together a Survival Guide - her is the information what was posted previously.  Take you time and click on link provided in the discussions.

Start with our Survival Guide for Navy For Moms Newbie (clickable link). Watch the Videos. Look at the PDF files of boot camp processing days. Click on the links to all the important groups and join them (Bootcamp moms, Leaving for Bootcamp in June). There are tips on how to use this site. Keep in mind the videos and PDF files may take some time to download the first time you try it. It'll look like nothing is happening. Be patient.

The link to the Recruit Training Command is important. Print out the Family Guide.

I noticed you haven't joined your PIR group yet. If you have your form letter - find the PIR (Graduation) date provided. I am guessing it's probably 7/13. Please click on one of the links below. The PIR groups are members whose sons/daughters have3 the same PIR date.

                   PIR: July 13, 2012             TG 35 - 10 Divisions (213–220, 816 & 935)

                   PIR: July 6, 2012               TG 34 - 10 Divisions (205–212, 815 & 934)


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