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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.  

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 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).  Still limited to 2 guests maximum.

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 7/16/2021**




**UPDATE - 2020**

Due to COVID there is no public PIR. The graduations are on Thursday, and the video of the graduation is posted on RTC's FaceBook on Friday at approx 3pm. Please keep in mind that a division may need to complete additional quarantine during training which will delay their graduation.

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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Holiday Leave for Recruits graduating Dec. 29

by U.S. Navy Recruit Training Command on Thursday, November 3, 2011 at 1:50pm

Holiday leave for Training Group 6 (those graduating Dec. 29) will begin at 1600 (4 p.m.) Dec. 29 and expire at 2359 (11:59 p.m.) Jan. 8. All recruits will depart RTC that same day, whether they are staying at Great Lakes or going out of state for A School. Recruits graduating Dec. 29 will have three options following graduation:

1) Not request leave and go directly to their A School as planned, departing from RTC.

2) They may have someone pick them up and stay within 75 miles of the base. Airline tickets will be issued from Great Lakes to their next command where their A School is located. There will be no reimbursement for local transporation. So, if they go somewhere within 75 miles of the base, they must pay for their own transportation to return to Great Lakes.

3) They depart from RTC and go on leave out of the area. They will do so at their own expense. They are responsible for getting to their A School at their own expense. Once they are at A School, they can then file for a travel claim. They will only receive travel pay at the government rate for what the flight would have cost to ship them from Great Lakes to their A School. So, they are paying for their own flight home and will only receive reimbursement for the flight from home to their A School, and that reimbursement will only be equaled to the cost of what it would cost to fly from Great Lakes to their next command. Should a recruit not graduate for any reason, the command will not reimburse any travel costs.Recruits will be instructed and given the opportunity to purchase their own airline tickets if they choose to go home. Please coordinate/communicate with your recruit if you are going to be purchasing their airline tickets for them. They will instruct you where you will need to send their itineraries here at RTC.

Here is the link to the RTC website as folks may ask questions and updates may be given.

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This would be wonderful!!! Does my son just need to request to go out of area? I am so excited, we got his letter today then this news!!!!!!! Thank you so much, you have no idea how much I needed this now!!
I don't know all the "details"...I'm just the messenger!LOL BUT I would click the will take you to the discussion on RTC FB. I will also be checking it to see what the updates are as people ask for details.
Glad you got your letter and this good news!

 Our son has A school at Great Lakes. When the recruit asks for the case of PIR 12/29...will they take their things to the base across the street? Will they be required to fill out leave chit at their Great Lakes A School? How is leave counted? I mean do they count Saturdays and Sundays as well as week days for the amount of leave to request?

Our son has decided to come home (Michigan) for several days Dec 30-Jan 5 or 6. He will report to Great Lakes A school on that day. He will go in the negative leave for 1 or 2 days.

If they are taking leave they do so from RTC, which means they take all there stuff with them. 


Also from the day they leave until the day they get back counts as leave.


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