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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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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."

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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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My son left on 6/4/13--anyone else arrive at Great Lakes that evening?

I seemed to have searched the board, but can't find anyone who left for GL on the 4th of June. Just trying to connect with other moms. June 5th was awful; this is our youngest and we are pretty much empty nesters (Sr in college is never home ). I've already watched the video on the first 24 hours, I wished I didn't, it just made me feel worse. June 6th was a little better, but I just worry to much. Hoping this gets easier as the weeks go by, I definitely Amy not my normal happy self at work.

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There are several within DEP-Leavin for bootcamp in June. Just look back at the recent posts.

My son also left on 6-4. The phone call was bitter sweet. I was glad he had made it ok, but could hear in his voice that he was scared. I have not been able to sleep or stop crying. I am very proud of him and want to be strong for him. I hope things get better like everyone keeps telling me they will.

My son left on June 4 for GL and he is my youngest as well.  The house is very quiet.  This is a great site and I appreciate being able to connect with other family members who are going through the same thing.  I am just trying to take things one day at a time.   It helps to write him a letter each day, which I am saving to mail him when we get his address. 

We have the first Friday down--mark your calendars:)

Join the group, DEP-Leavin for bootcamp in June, to connect with others with loved ones who left the same day and may have PIR together.

You may want to join, or at least check out, Boot Camp Moms (and loved ones), PIR Reference Information, and New Members Stop Here. Once you know your SR’s PIR date and/or division number, watch in Boot Camp Moms (and loved ones) and/or at and join the group for that once it has been created. There will be a lot of great information and support for you in those groups. Be sure to check out the Pages (found under the pictures of the Members) and Discussions within the groups. Arrival and What Happens at the RTC within Boot Camp Moms (and loved ones) will let you know what is happening, but you will also want to check out the other Pages in all of the groups.

(Group names within this reply are clickable links. To join a group, click on the group name and after the group page opens, click on "+ Join..." in the upper right.)

Watch the videos. Join the Boot Camp Moms group. Soon a group will form for those with the same PIR date. Look for the box (it'll be a shock to get it - be ready to cry), then the form letter will come with important information such as PIR date, password to print parking pass, the names of the guest your son/daughter listed and maybe even a short line from your recruit. SAVE this form letter, make copies. Then start searching for good air line prices. 

Good luck. Welcome to Navy For Moms.

My son left June 5th and got there yesterday on June 6th. He is my oldest and only son. My heart is also broken. I worry about what he is going through and there is no way for us to know. Praying for all of our babies and their mama's.

You can have a general idea of what is happening by checking the links and videos about it in such places as Arrival and What Happens at the RTC within Boot Camp Moms (and loved ones). I invite you to join that group while you are there and to check out the other Pages (found under the pictures of the Members) as well.

Join the group, DEP-Leavin for bootcamp in June, to connect with others with loved ones who left the same day and may have PIR together. Once you know your SR’s PIR date and/or division number, watch in Boot Camp Moms (and loved ones) and/or at and join the group for that once it has been created.

(Group names within this reply are clickable links. To join a group, click on the group name and after the group page opens, click on "+ Join..." in the upper right.)

My son also is the oldest and left on the 5th. He decided not to send a box home so waiting for a letter is killing me. Have you received anything from your son?

My B/F left on June 6, - got his last call @ 2:30am, saying he was ok. Right now I'm just waiting for his box but more importanly his address. I been writting letters since last friday, It has helped me in getting emotions out of me. I miss talking to him, everytime he comes to my mind and I realize he is not home I feel a big cold feeling in my stomach. For now I try to get distracted as much as possible, I have even made a huge calendar so I can mark the days off as they pass by.
Hello my daughter left today June 11th, I am wondering does graduation usually take place on a weekend?
My son ships out tomorrow he's now as we speak headed down to Sam Diego for his last round at MEPS and of course at this point I'm probably ahead of him just wanna say my final final goodbye and see his beautiful face just one more time..


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