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All Hands Magazine's mini-documentary series "Making a Sailor": These six videos follow 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. 

Making a Sailor: Episode 1 - "Get on the Bus"

Making a Sailor: Episode 2 - "What did I get myself into?"

Making a Sailor: Episode 3 - "Processing Days"

Making a Sailor: Episode 4 - "Forming"

Boot Camp: Making a Sailor - Episode 5

Making a Sailor: Episode 6 - "I'm a U.S. Navy Sailor"

...and visit Navy.com - America's Navy and Navy.mil 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."

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Please note! Changes to this guide happened in October 2017. There are now tickets issued, and there are no longer parking passes for PIR.

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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Division T-Shirts, Graduation Photos, The Keel, and DVD of PIR

Division T-Shirts and Hoodies

Be sure to ask your recruit before ordering T-shirts because some order them as gifts for family members. Some have ordered a Small and then made pillows.

Your Recruits will have the first opportunity to order apparel imprinted with their unique Divisional Flag design allowing them to capture this valuable memory that will follow them throughout their Navy career. Family and friends can stop by after graduation at building 1326 to purchase additional apparel. The MWR does not accept personal checks as payment; all payments must be made with cash or credit card. Division apparel will be available for purchase on the web store at https://myffr.navyaims.com/wbwsc/nrmwgrlkrec.wsc/wbsplash.html?ccode=TSHRT approximately three business days after a division’s Pass In Review (PIR) date, and will remain available for purchase online for approximately six months from that date. Contact MWR Great Lakes directly at 847-688-5966, if the PIR is from an earlier date.

Navy Graduation Photos, The Keel, and PIR DVD

Graduation photos are taken on week 4/day 4 of BC and are taken in the Dress Blue uniform. The following week the Division photo is taken. The Photo Lab keeps photos for one year in case the Sailor or the family wants to order or reorder photos. Division photos are kept for ten years.

The process now is for the recruits to pay for the photo package, Division photos, Keel, and DVD, either with a debit/credit card or a money order made payable to the NEX when they pick them up a few days before PIR OR loved ones and Sailors can go to the Photo Lab at the NEX and pay for them and pick them up on the day of PIR. If your recruit pays for them when ordering them, s/he may have them mailed to you and you may receive the photos and frames prior to PIR. The NEX does not accept personal checks as payment; all payments must be made with cash or credit card.

The Keel – the “yearbook” for your Sailor’s recruit division, sometimes called the Cruise book – includes photos of your Sailor's recruit division and brother division if there was one within a black and white section at the back. There are colored photos to remind your Sailor of things that happened while at RTC. The Keel is only available for purchase during boot camp, on the day of PIR, and during that weekend. They only print up the exact quantity that is ordered and prepaid so you will not be able to order it after PIR weekend. The Keel is included free with Photo Package A or it can be purchased separately for $29. The Keel is mailed about 12 or 13 weeks after PIR – the recruit indicates the address it is mailed to. You cannot order The Keel over the phone. You must do that in person at the NEX the weekend of PIR if your Sailor did not order one. The Keel is included free with package A if ordered on the day of PIR.

If your recruit did not order the DVD of PIR, then go over to the Photo Lab at the NEX on the day of PIR, and you can still get it. The DVD is mailed about 6 to 8 weeks after PIR – the recruit indicates the address it is mailed to. Some, but not all, have been successful in ordering a DVD up to 2 months after PIR by calling the Photo Lab at the NEX. It is best to call within a week of PIR if you want to order one.

Your recruit cannot just buy a few photos, s/he must order a package to receive any photos at all. However, The Keel and/or DVD of PIR can be ordered without ordering photos. If you find out that your recruit did not order a photo package, you can still order them on the day of PIR by going to the Photo Lab at the NEX. You can order photos up to a year after PIR, but The Keel must be ordered before the end of PIR weekend and the DVD must be ordered within a week of PIR to be guaranteed to get one.

My Sailor took care of ordering his photo package, The Keel, and DVD, and some nice frames as well, while he was at BC and would not let me reimburse him for it. He said that the pictures and frames were his gift to those who have done so much for him. Other Recruits/Sailors have felt the same way; perhaps the RDC suggested this, but I like to think I have a thoughtful son. If you are planning to pay for the photos, just let your recruit know that you are willing to reimburse him/her for this since that is the easiest way to handle it. You will need to know that the DVD and photo package that includes The Keel is $169 and special Navy frames add to the cost. If you find out that there are not enough photos in the package, you can order more by going over to the Photo Lab at the NEX on the day of PIR or by using the order form within the package when you receive it. Reorders can only be ordered if your recruit ordered a package.

If you are picking up photos at the Photo Lab on the day of PIR, expect long lines. Go straight to the back wall after entering the doors. Double check that the photos within the package are those of your Sailor before you leave the area. After getting the photos, you will get in another line that will lead to another room where you can order additional photos, frames, and coins if you wish and pay.

You can contact the Photo Lab at Great Lakes at 847-578-6205, but do not call them until after PIR. While your recruit is at RTC, contact him/her to see if s/he ordered pictures and let him/her know what you would like him/her to order.

Here are the prices as of the 08/10/2018 PIR:

PHOTOGRAPHS

Package A: $140.00

1-11x14, 2-8x10, 2-5x7, 24 wallets, 1-11x14 division photo (includes The Keel at no charge if the recruit orders the package prior to PIR, but must be purchased separately for $29 if the order is made following PIR)

Package B: $120.00

1-8x10, 2-5x7, 16-wallets, 1-11x14 division photo

Division Photo: 11x14: $20.00

Division Custom Flag Photo: 11x14: $15.00

Drill Hall Graduation Division Photo: 8x10: $8.00

Division Photo with Calendar: $10.00

Division "Goof Off" AKA "Ship Wreck" Photo: 5x7: $6.00

Single photo reprints (only available with purchase of Package A or B or if a package was previously ordered)

11x14: $17.00

8x10: $11.00

5x7 (set of 2): $11.00

wallets (set of 8): $11.00

After 12 months the image will no longer be available for reorders.

Shipping: $10.00

FRAMES

5x7 Oak Frame: $29.00

Anchors Aweigh Frame: (holds a wallet sized photo): $26.00 

14x18 Sailor's Creed: (reported to hold a photo of the Sailor and a Division Photo): $47.00 

Recruit Shadow Box: $99.00

VIDEO

Graduation Video DVD available in limited quantities $29.00, shipping included.

3D Crystal Statue: medium rectangular block & mini light base: 6x6x10 cm block: $86.25 includes S&H

Mugs: $14.99

COINS

Division Coin: $20.00 (Limited Quantities)

Ship Coin: $20.00

Division Flag Coin: $23.00 (Limited Quantities)

NO REFUNDS OR EXCHANGE ON PORTRAIT ORDERS!

PAYMENT INFORMATION

Cash, Money Order payable to NEX, or Credit Cards Only for payments made at the NEX on PIR weekend

Money Order payable to NEX or Credit Cards Only for payments made on reorders after PIR weekend

Allow 2-4 weeks for delivery.

****Navy Exchange reserves the right to change pricing without Notice****

Click here to see the current Photpgraph and Frame Reorder Form.

The Photo Lab keeps individual photos for about a year after PIR and Division photos for about 10 years.

Livestream and Online viewing of PIR.

RTC will stream PIR live at http://navylive.dodlive.mil/ beginning at 8:45 am CST on the day of PIR for those who are unable to attend in person. Once PIR has passed, you may be able to see the video at https://www.dvidshub.net/tags/video/navy-boot-camp-graduation. If there was a problem with the livestream on the day of PIR, then there will not be a video at that site.

 

Posted by lemonelephant, the mom of a retired Sailor.

Last updated 09/20/2019

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Comment by lemonelephant on April 4, 2015 at 7:43pm

Marixi, you are very welcome.

Comment by Marixi on April 4, 2015 at 7:23pm

Thank you Lemon. I'll give them a call on Monday.

Comment by lemonelephant on April 4, 2015 at 12:18pm

Marixi, call the Photo Lab and they will give you the info you need. He would have had his photos taken on 4-4.

Comment by Marixi on April 4, 2015 at 12:16pm

My SR's original PIR date was April 3. He's in FIT now and less than a minute left on his run to pass his PFA. Can I order his graduation photo now even though he hasn't gone through PIR or BS?

Comment by lemonelephant on March 25, 2015 at 12:55pm

Sonia, That is great to know that they do that now.

Comment by Sonia904 on March 25, 2015 at 9:00am

lemonelephant, I call yesterday to Nex Photo Lab and they told me they going to send The Keel with no extra cost, because i ordered the same weekend of PIR after that week the will charge for it. I order package A and the DVD. I already recieve the pictures.The Keel takes more time

Comment by lemonelephant on March 24, 2015 at 10:48pm

Sonia, you can order The Keel with photos on the day of PIR, but if ordered on that day The Keel is not free. Have your recruit order the picture package, The Keel, and the DVD. If you then want to pay for them you can.

Comment by Sonia904 on March 24, 2015 at 12:08pm

Can Anyone Answer if i order the photos ( package A) the same day of PIR i will get The Keel to

Comment by lemonelephant on March 23, 2015 at 11:29pm

TJ Proudnukemom, perhaps your recruit is having the pics sent to you. Many do that. I've not heard of loved ones getting an order form without the recruit ordering pics.

Comment by TJ Proudnavymom on March 23, 2015 at 3:36pm

Regarding the pictures.  My SR mentioned on our last call they'd taken the pictures. I don't think he ordered any but he mentioned that they asked for our address. Maybe they'll send us an order form? Anyone recently been sent an order form? I suppose we'll just get them from the NEX if needed.

Comment by lemonelephant on February 6, 2015 at 3:24pm

ConcerneMom, you are very welcome. There are seasoned members all over the site who will be here to help you and you are now able to help those who come behind you as well!

Comment by ConcernedMom on February 6, 2015 at 3:17pm

Thanks again lemonelephant,  please tell me you ladies will be here to get me through the next 6 years or more!!!!

Comment by lemonelephant on February 3, 2015 at 5:56am

ConcernedMom, yes, you can pay for anything that your recruit has not paid for. Make sure he knows what to order. The Keel is only free if ordered ahead of PIR weekend. You will have time to make it to the Photo Lab.

Comment by ConcernedMom on February 1, 2015 at 3:43pm

Does he have to pay for him out of his pay or can I pay for them at PIR, received his first paycheck and was surprised at amount.  I read everything above and it states paying at the NEX on PIR day.  Can we pay for everything then?  Also how late is NEX stay open he will have to leave Graduations to check in at A school  staying in GL. so not sure when he will get Liberty.

Again thanks for the help

Comment by lemonelephant on January 15, 2015 at 2:41am

Tiff S., yes, your recruit, later Sailor, will have the money to pay for the photos. Your recruit is being paid while in BC. You can let him know what you would like if you think he may not order photos. Pkg A is photos and The Keel. The DVD is a separate purchase.

Comment by Tiff S on January 14, 2015 at 7:56am
This was very good info thank you very much. It states about your sailor ordering the photo package , will they have that amount of money to pay for all that? I don't mind paying my son back and do not want to miss it. Do I write to him in one of my letters telling him to buy it? Pkg A is photos, DVD & book , right???
Comment by lemonelephant on October 11, 2014 at 5:45pm

312 Mommy, since your Sailor has had PIR, you can call the Photo Lab at 847-578-6205 and order if he didn't order photos.

Comment by 312 Mommy on October 10, 2014 at 9:34pm

How do we order graduation photos?

Comment by lemonelephant on April 15, 2014 at 1:12pm

MzUnderstood, I'm glad. You are very welcome.

Comment by MzUnderstood (SHIP 03 DIV189) on April 15, 2014 at 12:56pm

This info. Has been so helpful, thank you!

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