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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

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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.


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Hi Parents!

My son arrived at Great Lakes yesterday. I'm looking to connect with other parents whose recruit did, as well. My daughter is in the Navy - over 5 years now - and our parent group during her time at Grear Lakes, was wonderful. 

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My son arrived 12/17

Hi. My son arrived yesterday as well. What a long emotional day! Got our phone call at 11:30pm.

It was 10:30 my time when he called. I bet you were like me; waiting with that phone next to you :) My daughter's been in over 5 years now. Time has flown by, but I remember how slow time moved when she was at Great Lakes.

How is it different the second time around? I am sure not much easier as you now have two to worry about.  This is totally new to us, also hard that it is over the holidays.  I keep reminding myself that they have the hard part:)!

This site was so helpful to me. It prepared me. I knew what my recruit was doing before she did, so I feel better this time around. As a parent though, it's never easy to let them go. I also follow the Navy Recruit Command's page on Facebook. They posted pictures of recruits arriving. Sadly, my son wasn't in any of them, but you should take a look and see if yours is.

That's good to know, I will check it out. Hope you get his address soon to start those letters. Ours are on the table anxiously awaiting where to be sent.

I just received my son's box. That was way fast.

My sons box arrived also.  Its a dark feeling getting a box if your sons things.  Hoping that letter comes fast.  I am wanting to send letters 

I know, it does feel odd. I've already written 2 letters. Just waiting on the ship/division info :)

AlwaysBeeKind, welcome to the next part of the journey. Next up, "the box."

Check your My Page.

 Thank you. I saw that. 


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