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Choose your Username.  For the privacy and safety of you and/or your sailor, NO LAST NAMES ARE ALLOWED, even if your last name differs from that of your sailor (please make sure your URL address does not include your last name either).  Also, please do not include your email address in your user name. Go to "Settings" above to set your Username.  While there, complete your Profile so you can post and share photos and videos of your Sailor and share stories with other moms!

Make sure to read our Community Guidelines and this Navy Operations Security (OPSEC) checklist - loose lips sink ships!

Join groups!  Browse for groups for your PIR date, your sailor's occupational specialty, "A" school, assigned ship, homeport city, your own city or state, and a myriad of other interests. Jump in and introduce yourself!  Start making friends that can last a lifetime.

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.

OPSEC - Navy Operations Security

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 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.

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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Great Lakes RTC Maps

If you have to park outside RTC:

Right outside RTC, on OHIO street, is parking for the Metra. It is not a huge lot but I never saw it full and I was there Tuesday through Sunday Memorial Day weekend of 2011. You do have to pay for parking in the Metra lot though. I think it was 2 or 4 dollars....don't quote me on that one...but it was not expensive. The Metra spaces are numbered. Just park, remember the number and then the pay box is just to the left from where you first enter the lot. It didn't say too but I left my ticket in the car on the dash. ( I was checking out the Metra for a possible trip into Chicago. You board the Metra on the OTHER side of the tracks and there is NO parking over there. You have to park, walk down the block around the corner and up the stairs to the other side.)

See where it says Buckley Road and then you turn into RTC? This turn is OHIO. Then see Gate 8 with the red dot? This is the gate to enter for PIR. If you continue past Gate 8 on OHIO you will head straight into the Metra parking lot

Just an FYI for everyone. I went to PIR May of this year. We were directed to park behind Midway Hall (where the black grid marks are beside the green building), NOT across the way where it says "Parking Lot Graduation". Actually it goes…Parking structure, Visitors Center (USS YORKTOWN), which leads into Midway Hall.

We DID return our Sailor to that parking lot across the way on the first night. All days after that I was always directed to the parking structure behind Midway Hall. I had to park and walk across (it's a walk) to get my Sailor from the NEX. (Visitors are not allowed past the Chapel). The Street that the NEX and the Chapel Parking are on is Illinois. There is a gate there off of Buckley as well. I believe it is Gate 6. Your Sailor will be instructed on what to do so follow there lead. Usually it is Gate 8 for returns, but that can change at any time.

Here is a full view of RTC:

Just click either picture and it will open into a new page...then you can zoom in.

The top of the map is West.

RTC consists of Three Camps: Camp Moffat, Camp Porter and Camp John Paul Jones:

The recruit training base in Great Lakes consist of 3 separate properties, Camp Porter, Camp John Paul Jones and Camp Moffett. (See the box to the bottom right of the Map for an explanation of Camp Porter and Camp Moffets locations) Camp John Paul Jones is located at the top of the Map where you see most of the Ships listed.

~ Camp Moffett is the main in-processing area. This is where the recruits will arrive.

~ Camp Porter is the main recruit training area where most of the training is taken place.

~ Capt John Paul Jones is mainly for housing of the recruits. (Courtesy

Here is a link to a Powerpoint by Craig (retired Navy on here and runs



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