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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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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 6/23/2022 - 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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Does anyone know about the navy lodge or the navy gateway inns/suites on base? I am a DOD civilian and my husband is retired navy. Just wondering if we can make reservation at one of those locations.   

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The Navy Lodges does not have its own shuttle, but they will give you the numbers of those in the area or you can contact Sarge.  Sarge has a taxi service and he is a wealth of information and has a Meet and Greet at the Sundance Saloon in Waukegan the night before PIR. His cell number is 847-212-0246. His M&G and services have been getting great reviews. Find Sarge on N4M as OldSarge.

For reservations at the Navy Lodge, go to or call (847)689-1485. There is more within Saving Money PIR Weekend.


I'm going through the background check with Gateway Inn right now, but have a rez at Navy Lodge just in case they don't get it done in time for my son's PIR on Aug 16th. His girlfriend is coming with me and I've read that only parents or spouses can stay there. Is that true? Also, which is the better place to stay? I wanted him to come visit us on Thursday if he's able and understand he can't at Navy Lodge, but possibly can at Gateway. Of course, I just want to see him as much as possible.

Oh wow, I didn't know they could stay with you possibly...My hubby served in the Army years ago (not retired) i'm currious if we can stay at Gateway as well???? I assume Gateway is Navy related just like Navy Lodge?  Thanks

QC Mom, No, the Sailors CANNOT stay overnight. Your SR can be your sponsor, so you cn stay there. See more wthin Saving Money PIR Weekend and PIR Day and Liberty During PIR Weekend.

JeffsMom, No, you all will be able to stay at the Gateway Inn and Suites. Your SR is the sponsor and you just have to give them the names of everyone who is staying for the backbround checks.

Your new Sailor CANNOT stay overnight any night and you will not see him prior to PIR.

Sailors who will be staying at GL for "A" School must have a deviation chit to visit Gateway Inn and Suites since it is on the main part of the base and is off-limits to students at the TSC (they have sometimes let them visit there over PIR weekend without the deviation chit, but they must have it any other time).

See more wthin Saving Money PIR Weekend and PIR Day and Liberty During PIR Weekend.

Ok. I understood he wouldn't stay the night, just heard he could visit. I may not stay there if there's no chance of him visiting before PIR. Thank you for the info!

The Navy Gateway Inn and Suites is on the main part of the base across the street from the RTC. You will not see your Sailor prior to PIR regardless of where you stay.

Your Sailor can visit you at the Navy Lodge.

beverly, check the info on the Navy Lodge in Saving Money PIR Weekend and see if there is anything I should add. Thanks

I called them and made reservations over the phone. When I tried to do it online, the online site didn't show availability but when i called they got me in!

Street: 2500 Meridian Drive
City/Town: Great Lakes, Il
Website or
Phone: 847-689-1485

You may make reservations at both locations as retired military or as DOD civilian.  You may also make your reservation with your Recruit as your sponsor th stay at Navy lodge or NGIS.


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