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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."

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 8/25/2022 - MASK MANDATE IS LIFTED.  Vaccinations still 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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INTRODUCTION: A place for parents and others who have attended PIR and graduation weekend to share comments, suggestions and ideas that will hopefully make it easier and more enjoyable for other familes who are preparing for their own PIR events.


WHAT TO DO: This is an 'interactive' forum, with each person encouraged to start new topics (by posting your comments in the 'blank' at the top of each page) -and- respond to individual posts (by clicking 'reply' on that particular post).


ALSO: Over time, I will be organizing some of the posts herein as a sort of 'guide' which will be static -- that is, there will be no new posts to that discussion... thus it will not actually be a 'discussion' but more of a factual and flowing narrative that takes the reader, moment by moment, through happy hours of PIR, covering the basics with good recommendations about what to do, what not to do, and how to do (or avoid) doing it.


To get started on this process, it would be very useful to hear from you regarding which posts and/or particular information do you think should be included? Sincerely, I look forward to hearing from you and transcribing our collective wisdom for those who will attend PIR soon.





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My daughter is 12.  Does she count as an attendee for PIR?  I hope not because then both of my children can attend to watch their big brother graduate.

Yes, she must be on the Access List to attend PIR. Everyone ages 3 and up must be on the Access List to attend. See The Form Letter that you received from your SR, and

There are 4 guests for your SR's PIR. Those that he lists on the Access List will be the ones who will be permitted to enter the Drill Hall and attend. He would have listed the people he intends to list on the Access List on the lines on The Form Letter that he sent you.

Check your My Page.

what is a grad and go?

Grad and Go is an outdated term. By the old standards almost all new Sailors are Grad and Go since they will leave the RTC for "A" School or training within 24 hours of PIR. See PIR Day and Liberty During PIR Weekend for how things work now.

Check your My Page.

Thank you!  That helps a lot, thought she might have a few days to come home between A school and graduation to get her car.

No, there is no leave until after "A" School and she would only be able to go home on Liberty to get her car if home is within the Liberty limits set forth by her "A" School and if her "A" School permits cars--some do and some don't; it depends on the length of "A" School and if there is room for the Sailors to have cars.

My son will be going to Goose Creek for Nuke School. Any idea of when he will leave and what kind of liberty he will have?

I left info on your My Page. Your Sailor will most likely fly out the day after PIR, You will have from about 10:30 am when Liberty is called until sometime that evening and then you will be able to meet him at the airport and spend time with him there until his flight.

Help.. my son wants my bro, USMC retired, to wear his uniform.. does it matter which one?  Dress blues?   Honestly, I don't even know the diff.  He wasn't planning on wearing one, but I think my son wants him to .. and he mentioned it on his I am a sailor call :)

Marsha, I respectfully disagree with your comment. PIR is always held in the USS Midway Ceremonial Drill Hall with the exception of the Centennial Celebration on 07/01/2011. Guests who choose to wear a military uniform must wear the appropriate Uniform of the Day.

LPNavyMom, See my comment on the Uniform of the Day and also see PIR Day and Liberty during PIR Weekend to help you know how to plan your weekend.

Help.. my son wants my bro, USMC retired, to wear his uniform.. does it matter which one?  Dress blues?   Honestly, I don't even know the diff.  He wasn't planning on wearing one, but I think my son wants him to .. and he mentioned it on his I am a sailor call :)


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