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.
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:
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)
5x7 (set of 2): $11.00
wallets (set of 8): $11.00
After 12 months the image will no longer be available for reorders.
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
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
Division Coin: $20.00 (Limited Quantities)
Ship Coin: $20.00
Division Flag Coin: $23.00 (Limited Quantities)
NO REFUNDS OR EXCHANGE ON PORTRAIT ORDERS!
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****
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