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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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Always keep Navy Operations Security in mind.  In the Navy, it's essential to remember that "loose lips sink ships."  OPSEC is everyone's responsibility. 

DON'T post critical information including future destinations or ports of call; future operations, exercises or missions; deployment or homecoming dates.  

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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.

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There seems to be so many of you lately!!! It is wonderful that you will have each other's support while going thru the process together.

Thought I would start this thread so you can at least connect and share stories together. Seems like there is a fair amount of you in Great Lakes and just as many more trying to decide if you can more to Great Lakes.

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woohoo!! yea im moving to great lakes next thursday =) im sooo excited =)
happy for you Kellie!!! We have lots of new wives lately all wondering about that same move, I know you will be great about sharing with them.
Hi, I was wondering how long it took for you to get to move up there to be with him.
Kellie...My daughter is looking to move up to GL sooner than later. It seems that The A school is going to be longer than what her and Sailor were originally told with all the holds and such. As a mom I am wondering where is the better areas to live in and be around other Navy wives. She will be getting a job at some point. She has looked into work and found some jobs while he was in BC. She has also looked into furnished apts. as she really does not want to have to move everything at this time. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks..Lonna
hello, I am also planning on moving to IL after my husand's PIR on 8/06/10. How did you go about moving. Did the navy help you or did you move yourself.
hello!!! I was just wondering if you have moved to great lakes yet? I have decided to move to great lakes in Feb 2011. My husbands PIR is Nov. 19th
hi yes, i do live in Great Lakes now and boy is it very cold out here as I am not use to it being from California lol. I hope you like it when you come out
Wow!!! Yes that is a big difference from California!!! Im pretty use to the cold becasue I live in Michigan eek! Lol but now I have decided to move down in January!!! Im so excited!!! My husbands PIR is next Friday and I am so excited. I am going to check out a couple apartments during that weekend just to jumpstart the process.
Good luck there are some nice apartments that have military benefits that are close to the base and in a nice neighborhood. Try these Northgate apartments, AMLI, and Reserve at Eagle Ridge. I hope this helps.
OMG thank you soooo so much! I am going to check these out for sure!! Did the navy move you or did you do it all on your own?
we moved ourselves but it probably would have been easier for them to move us
We've been in GL since January.. Wow what a change! i drove for south Texas up here.. San Antonio to be exact.. it was a Loooong drive. but a good experience anyway.. TX then to Oklahoma.. then Missouri.. then finally Illinois. but all worth it!


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