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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.

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My son is heading to Chicago tonight. Anyone else have a loved one heading out?


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Thank you so much for the information. I'm definitly going to check it all out tonight. Do you know if there is a good site for dads and siblings?

Hello! My son arrived to Great Lakes on March 5th. Waiting for the box but still haven't gotten it.

From what I've seen it will likely be the middle of this upcoming week. Someone else near me, her son went out last Thursday 2/28 and she got her box a week later and the form letter the next day. 

Hi my son too left on March 6th. I am trying to determine how to know what division he is in. I guess I'll just have to wait for the form letter to arrive. It seems like such a delay in being able to send our kids mail, but its probably all planned that way. Maybe our boys are in the same division. Best wishes and hope to chat. Holly
Unfortunately we do have to wait until we get their form letter. I'm hoping to he the box the middle if this week and his letter a few days later. It's annoying but if we don't put the right address there will likely be a delay in them getting the letters.

So how are you Moms doing so far? I am doing better than I imagined I would be but I think that is because my son signed last July, and I have had since then to prepare myself. Just can't wait to get some letters from him. I joked to my daughter and husband that I wish I had the crystal ball from the Wizard of Oz to peek in on him and see what he is doing. :)

Not bad today. I'm so with you on wanting to peek in on him. My husband jokes that if I could I would stay in a hotel near there, dress in cammies and keep an eye on him every day. Don't I wish!

P-3, is it always 5 days?

Thank you! I figured the earliest I would get teh form letter is Thur/Friday. I'm trying my best to be realistic.

I love that! I read your cammie scheme to my husband just now and we laughed! :)  I hope we get the box tomorrow. I read on the website that as soon as we get the letter with the PIR date, we should book the hotel in the area because they fill up really fast!

I was going to do the same thing. We are planning on driving. Plane tix are too expensive for 4 of us.

My boyfriend of 6 years left on the 6th. I've been writing letters for him so now I'm just waiting to send them. It's been rough the past couple days but I'm just looking forward to getting a letter from him! I love reading through here and seeing tentative days for receiving their boxs and form letters! It's really helped me out!


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