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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

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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.

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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OK all so we are getting close to PIR and I wanted to post a list of things we need to bring to PIR for the weekend. I am pretty sure I might miss somethings so if you have anything I forgot please add it to our list!



Ribbons (if you ordered any)

Scarves (if you made one or ordered one)

Sailors cell phone and charger

Dark Towel

Lint Roller




Clothes (Warm clothing for yourself)

Change of clothes for your Sailor (this is for them to wear at the hotel)

Bathroom Necessities

Plane Tickets

Parking Passes






Jacket or Sweater

Hand Lotion


So this is just a small list that I started and I am sure there will be more!


Thanks - Aprul

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Only question, and mostly just curious, why the dark towel?


Thanks for the list, its a good reminder.



the dark towel is because you are suppose to carry a hand towel for them to sit on so they dont get anything on their uniform. since they are in their dressed blues I figure a dark towel as you wont see the lint as much as you would a white towel.


Your welcome

I was told to bring lots of change for the toll booths.

If you are renting a car, bring proof of insurance if you are using your own personal insurance.


I was just wondering if you could give me the password to download the gate pass. My son's girlfriend has one but I haven't been able to reach her lately for it. We are arriving Thursday nite; not sure if we will need it but I don't want to take any chances. Thank you for any info. It has been a long 8 weeks!

I think I will bring gloves...just in case, Being from the south, an item I rarely use, so I already have them laid out!
earmuffs and/or hat with those gloves! ;)
Razors for the girls!! Mine will be a gorilla girl!! :P Do we need to bring BC's along with ID's??
BC's are only needed if you have a child that is not old enough to have a gov't. issued ID. i.e. driver's license, military ID

We sure shouldn't need a scarf!

Thanks for the information.  This will really help.

questions new to all of this why the  ribbons ?


I made ribbons for anyone who wanted to order them. they have the PIR date and your SR's last name or first name.


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