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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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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."

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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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Seamen Recruits are here getting medical treatment for minor injuries. FIT DIV is also in this area. 

Location: RTC Chicago, IL
Members: 203
Latest Activity: Jul 20, 2023

It's hard not knowing! That is the purpose for this group. Most likely if you are here your SR has had trouble keeping up or not passed a PFA due to some sort of minor medical issue. Often it stress fractures bringing SR's here. Know this when you don’t get a call that is a very good thing. Calling them is not a good thing and it can negatively impact your SR to have his or her “Mommy“ calling!  They are harder on them in this DIV than any other. They want them up and out. The best thing you can do is sends tons of mail. Send scripture and motivational mail. I know my SR said reading the Bible was considered a sign of weakness here. When you get a tearful call motivate. Stay positive and encourage you SR. This is a small detour to greatness and getting the I'm a Sailor call!  Recruit family and friends…“Navy mom friends are the best“…to send your SR mail as well.  NMH for you all!!

Discussion Forum


Started by Navyvet. Last reply by Navyvet Jul 13, 2021. 2 Replies

My daughter left June 30, 21 ended up being sent to the ER before going to RTC to have her gall bladder removed. She left the hospital on July 5th and is now in RCU. I have not heard from her to see…Continue

Looking for an explanation of the RCU process- please share your insight!

Started by KarinD Mar 18, 2021. 0 Replies

My son was sent to the RCU unit on 3.8.21 for having an inhalant in his medical record for treatment of bronchitis/pleurisy when he was 15 yrs old.Would someone be kind enough to explain the process…Continue


Started by Katrina Dec 13, 2019. 0 Replies

My SR just came into the RCU from hospital..the good news he is recovering, The 'mom' thing is "OMG"...normally so healthy...eek! I don't know the process, and of course want to know that full…Continue


Started by Katrina Dec 13, 2019. 0 Replies

My SR just came into the RCU from hospital..the good news he is recovering, The 'mom' thing is "OMG"...normally so healthy...eek! I don't know the process, and of course want to know that full…Continue

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Comment by Dawne on February 15, 2023 at 11:40pm
Thank you for your long response. Yeah, my son is a bit older, and I have not yet had a long enough conversation to assess how he's doing. I thought they were supposed to be able to continue their academics while recuperating. I wonder if they can, for instance, take online classes. It would be good to stay busy. If they try again in 6 months do they have to start all over again in bootcamp? Yeesh. How is your son doing? My son's division is graduating on Friday and his birthday is next week. I hope he is in good spirits. Be well, and thanks again for reaching out.
Comment by Tootie on February 15, 2023 at 2:22pm

Dawne - My son was in RCU for 4 months with a stress fracture in his foot.  He went through all 4 phases of rehab and during his last phase he began running again and went way too hard.  He developed another stress fracture in his tibia.  He was given the choice of staying in RCU for three more months or separating and coming home with the option to return in 6 months.  He chose to come home and he's been home a couple of weeks now. I was able to send him books while at RCU but that's pretty much all they get to do in there.  For my son it was very hard having nothing to do and being so isolated.  But he had friends that had been there for more than 6 months due to various injuries.  I think it just depends on the person as to whether or not they can handle it.  The good news is that it did not discourage him from joining - he is definitely going back at the end of 6 months.  He was able to call me every two weeks while in RCU.  I'm happy to try to answer any questions you might have.  I know how hard it is not being able to hear from him or how he is doing.  Very frustrating. Hang in there!

Comment by Dawne on February 11, 2023 at 4:39am
Is anyone here in 2023? Not knowing how my son is doing or when I will hear from him or see him again is really hard, especially with his original PIR coming up.
Comment by AK907Tammy on August 15, 2019 at 10:11pm

B'sNukeMoM - Thank you! 

Comment by B'sNukeMoM⚓️MMN(Vet) on August 15, 2019 at 3:22pm

Comment by B'sNukeMoM⚓️MMN(Vet) on August 15, 2019 at 3:19pm

AmyLynn - I'm sorry to hear your son is being sent home.  Right now his health is most important so I hope that he can get home, get well and then try again.  We hope to see you back here soon. Thank your son for his willingness to serve.  We'll be waiting for you! 

(And please don't delete your account or all your posts will disappear.)  

Comment by AmyLynn on August 15, 2019 at 2:57pm

Thank-you for all your support while my SR was in RCU, unfortunately he will be heading home to get well, from complications from Pneumonia.

Comment by B'sNukeMoM⚓️MMN(Vet) on August 15, 2019 at 2:32pm

AK907Tammy  - I'm sorry to hear that your son was injured.  The important thing is that he heals!  Remind him to stay focused and this is just a minor setback - hang in there and prayers for both of you ;-D

Comment by AK907Tammy on August 14, 2019 at 9:59pm

I received a call from my son today saying he was being moved to RCU for sprained tendons in his foot/leg. I have no idea how long he will be there or his new graduation date. Dr's said it could take 6-8 weeks to heal. Please pray for complete healing and a speedy recovery as he was supposed to graduate on 8/30 and sounded really discouraged. Thank you!

Comment by AmyLynn on August 12, 2019 at 10:01am

Did anyone receive their Sunday call from  RCU Ship 04 DIV 741 yesterday?

My SR did not call, and I am hoping he was cleared from medical and assigned a new ship and FFD.



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