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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

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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 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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Are any of you ladies arriving at O'Hare they day of pir? If so is anyone interested in doing a ride share or giving me a ride if I were to pay? If not could you ladies assist me by pointing me in the right direction of reasonable transportation from ohare to pir. I appreciate your help so very much God Bless!

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celinemae...I'm a veteran mom. I recommend that you rent a car at Ohare to travel to Great Lakes. That's what I did and am so glad that I did. Public transport can be unreliable, inconvenient and expensive. The roads in that area are not bad and as long as you don't plan on driving to Chicago you should be fine as far as finding everything. I took a GPS (you can rent one as well with the car). Make sure you have addresses for everything...hotel, RTC, restaurants, the airport, etc

I plan on taking the Metra into Great Lakes. There are a few stations in the area depending on where you're staying. And some hotels pick up from the stations, otherwise there are taxis. The most it will cost is $8.50. I would suggest if you go that route to familiarize yourself with the trains before showing up so you don't get lost. 

Call SARGE - He is our "go to" guy for transportation! 1-847-212-0246 He charges by the car not the if a few of you can get together it helps. Either way his prices and his CARING for us is the best! Not to mention that he takes care of our Sailors in Great Lakes A School!

If you take the Metra to GL you will still need transport to your I would still recommend him.

I'll post a Metra Link.

Wow all of you are Amazing!! Thanks for the help! :)

Congrats!!!!  My daughter (Aircrew) recently graduated.  We used (Juan's Taxi Service 847-980-4537 ) he was very prompt, dependable and professional.  He has very reasonable rates and charges by the carload, not per person.  If he has more than one pick-up at the same time he divides the cost.  We used him the entire weekend and was very pleased.  He has tons of information as he has been doing this for years and can answer any of your questions.  Good luck. 


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