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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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I just wanted to give some helpful information when you plan your trip to PIR.  If your recruit is staying at Great Lakes for A School, try to stay at Navy Gateway.  You can be eligible to stay on base at Navy Gateway even if no one else in your family is in the military.  Once our son transferred to A-School after PIR he was only a couple of blocks away from us.  He walked over to our hotel room each morning.  We could spend extra time with him each evening because we didn't need to take the time to drive him back from wherever our hotel was located and worry that he wouldn't make it before curfew. Most parents I spoke to while we were there didn't realize they were eligible and were sorry they didn't try to get a reservation.  There was hardly anyone in the hotel the whole weekend.  We stayed until Monday after PIR because he had liberty all weekend and wasn't do back to his ship until10:00  p.m. 

The PIR on Friday morning was absolutely amazing!!  Worth every penny we spent!!  A time we will never forget.


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Thank you for posting. We have heard/seen that Sailors who are students at the TSC are not permitted to go to the Gateway Inn and a person representing herself as TSC GL PAO (no longer a member) posted on 1 January 2013, "The students are NOT permitted to go to the Gateway regardless of whose room they wish to visit. They are briefed on this and are instructed they are not allowed there."  Your post contradicts that, but may confirm what was posted some time ago that a student could get a special chit to visit there if famiily is staying there. I am pleased to see your post since you just had PIR this past weekend.

Thank you for clarifying.

how were the rooms and ammenities?


FYI...students can not sponsor parents to stay at the Gateway inn, as they would have to stay with them the whole time they are at the Gateway Inn...which isn't possible as they have to be back to their barracks ever night.

i am in the process of getting approval to stay at the gateway, however, I was wondering what anyones stay was like. Thanks


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