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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.

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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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I'm another mom coming up for the Dec. 16 graduation. We are driving from the Nashville area. Do you have recommendations of a cheap, yet decent hotel? Is there usually a lot of snow there in December, or does it come after Christmas? I hate to sound dumb, but I've never been to that area, and the weather has been unusually warm for this fall, so I have no clue. Will we need snow tires? Chains? Thanks for your help!

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Call the Navy Lodge now and book reservations. Give them your SR's name and rank.

We don't use chains up here (I live 30/45 min from the base) tires are all weather they work in the snow...what I would recommend you do if driving up here is get your car/truck checked out before you come here just to make sure you don't have a break down...


I live up here and drive all the time, we keep the basics in the Jeep at all times, jumper cables, basic tools, extra belt,  H2o, antifreeze, windshield washer fluid (this is a really big one as you don't want to not have any with all the slush that can splash on the windows from the snow), blanket, flairs, small hand held heaters and snacks...ummm..can you tell I grew up in the country, lol! 


Snow can come anytime up here...make sure you dress warm as you will be walking to get to the PIR building...also don't wear heals, wear shoes/boots you can walk in and not slip.


As far as cheap places to stay...Navy lodge is good and close to the base...but I am sure there are others that are only thing is I would say stay away from the Ramada...that hotel is gehto!!

Thanks very much for the tips!


here is phone number for Navy Lodge  in Great lakes 847 6891485 call them and make reservation they have all information you need ,or go on line make reservation and you wll have 20% off , they have special for december  and you can find me there to  I work with Navy Lodge

drive safe  and  don t worie about snow


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