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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

...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 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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11/2/11- My son left for Chicago today- to begin bootcamp in Great Lakes, IL. Any one else???

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jessica Dec 6, 2011. 11 Replies

Hello everyone!  My son left yesterday for New Orleans, and today boarded a plane with about 10-15 other recruits heading for Great Lakes, IL.  I had the opportunity to hear from him just before they…Continue


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My son left New Orleans for Great Lakes, IL.  He was with probably 10-15 other recruits.  I was able  to talk with him right before the  boarded the plane and Im awaiting my last call when he lands in Chicago.  I know this phone call will be brief but just  hearing his voice will keep this mom's worries at bay.  He sounded up beat, focused and ready to go when I talked with him at noon.  Hoping to hear from him soon.  My sister is a 5th grade teacher at a local school and her class, along with my family, will be sending Matt notes and cards. 

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At 11:24pm on November 28, 2011, kimberlydale (corpsmanmom) said…

Hi there,  I have gotten the box with my sons clothes and I have received two letters now . My son is in his second week after the 11 day hold -  Not sure what the hold was about but it was the whole division. In the latest letter he said they are on 2-2 (which means 2 week 2 day) so the hold really set them back.!!! No phone call yet though .....hoping this week sometime.  I am really sorry you have not heard from your son or even know what it going on but what I understand is "no news is good news" . Say prayers for him and know that how ever things work out it is for the good of GOD. Trust that your son will be right where he is suppose to be !! I know this is a leap of faith .....but I really feel that is the only way I can handle tough things like this !!! Try to find the blessing in it !!! Hang in there !!!

At 11:51pm on May 29, 2011, Navy for Moms Admin said…

Welcome to Navy For Moms!

You will find this site very helpful and full of members who are eager to answer your questions.  Browse around the site and check out the forums, groups, blogs, photos, videos, and even the other member profiles!  

If you haven’t already, please make sure that you review our Community Guidelines to learn the “Do’s and Don’ts” of the community. Also, check out this Internet OPSEC Safety Video.

Enjoy your time here! I look forward (along with the community) to reading more about you! :) 



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