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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.

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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When I first joined here, I tried to get all the info I could get, which has been great, but getting some inconsistencies with information. When I found out my son's PIR date which is this Friday April 24th (super excited) I read to book at the Navy Lodge so your SR can come to the hotel so I did and advised his dad to as well, just now reading on the "All about PIR and what to expect" I just read they advise you NOT to stay at the Navy lodge or your sailor may need a chit (don't know what that is) or may not can come to the hotel at all.and starting to freak a little! What the story?? someone help me please!

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We stayed at the navy lodge, and my son was able to come stay with us after graduation and all day Saturday. We heard Navy Gateway they couldn't stay because of some drinking or something, but we were very pleased staying at Navy Lodge

Thank you Nick's Mom, I sure hope so, I'm sure he's going to want to get out but also have some down time.

Forgot to tell you he will have to be back on base by a certain time. Will not be able to spend the night at the motel
Where is Navy Lodge? I'd your son in chicago? ?

The Navy Lodge is about 1.5 miles from RTC on Navy property but not on the base per se, i.e. not gated, easy access.

Nobody's kids are in Chicago. That's 40 miles south of Great Lakes.

I knew he would have to back in the evening, I just wanted to make sure he could come to the hotel if he just wanted to chill for awhile. Thanks, getting so very excited to see him! If I read correctly he will be dress blues for this Fridays PIR, correct?

I think they should be swapped over to dress whites now. My son graduated March 27th. They were in blues. I think they said they start blues in October and whites in April or May.

Great Lakes does not switch to whites until Monday, April 27th- so for this Friday's PIR you are correct, everyone will be in their dress blues. Have a wonderful time at PIR! :)

Thank you! I'm sure he will be handsome in either color. ;)


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