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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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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 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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A little about me:
I am the mother of three children. Our oldest just left for Navy Boot Camp in Great Lakes Wed, November 10, 2010. We live in Colorado and love it here.
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I am not sure as to what I have learned yet because we are so new to this and our son just left for Boot Camp. However, I have come to find that our recruiter has been very attentive to my concerns as a mother.
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It was positive and maturing. Our relationship has grown stronger.

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At 12:42am on March 16, 2011, Anita MA Mom said…

Hey there Tennismom,

My son just graduated from MA at Lackland. Traffic is not bad, go to the top and read my blog about getting there, getting your pass the day before etc. That info will help you out a bunch. Traffic on the interstate may be heavy at that time of the morning though. We went the day before and he showed us how to get to the place where they stay and how they would march up to the building the next morning. We got there at 745 so we could watch them march in at 8. They will practice from like 8 to 845 and it is suppose to start at 9 but if someone is lost or late they will wait for them. Ours started at 930. It was very low key, and very nice . They really make it comfortable and personal. You can take all the pics you want and go up on stage and move around. Enjoy it !! My son is still there for K9 school, he will graduate it May 13 so we will head back then. Good luck let me know if I can help you!


At 4:15pm on December 1, 2010, tennismom3 ship 07 div 043 said…
We did get a letter the other day! I was so happy to get that letter, I can't even tell you! It was like getting gold in the mail! ;) My son said he was having a good time as well. The only thing he didn't like was the 6 shots and having his wisdom teeth pulled. But other than that, he likes it. It made me feel so good, because I knew then he was where he wanted to be. However, he said in his letter that his division is grad and go, so I would have to see him in San Antonio!? Did your son say anything about that? So, I haven't finalized my plans yet. I think I will at least book the hotel, but wait another week or so on the airfare.
At 4:08pm on December 1, 2010, lojogo Ship 11 Division 057 said…
Hi tennismom, so glad you found me. My Son is our only child. It has been a bit rough, but I am doing better since I received his letter. I am sure you got a letter as well. My letter sounded like it was sent from Summer Camp not Boot Camp. We are from California. Are you planning on going to the PIR? We just finalized our plane tickets and accomodations. 43 more days.
At 2:07pm on November 17, 2010, Navy for Moms Admin said…
Welcome to Navy For Moms!

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

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