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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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**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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My son, Dalton, left for basic training in Great Lakes, Illinois on Wednesday, Oct 5.  I walk by his bedroom and all I do is cry.  I miss him terribly.  As a mom, we raise our children, protect them, be there for them, and right now I feel pretty useless. I received the five second phone call, "mom, it's me, I am here, I am safe, I love you, I have to go" and then nothing.  I realize after basic this will be better, but right now this is really hard.  I can only imagine the things he is going through right now and I worry about him every minute of the day. 

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Comment by Phillies on October 7, 2011 at 6:56pm

My days are consumed with thoughts of my daughter.  Every day, every moment.  She arrived on Oct 3.  I think I am most concerned that something will happen. (get sick, injured, homesick, people yelling at her, etc...).  My oldest just graduated Marine Boot Camp in April.  I couldn't stop thinking about her either.  So - in my opinion, crying is normal and having them on your mind is just what us mom's do.  Can't change it!  And how the tears flow at PIR!!!   I am on this journey with you. Keep Blogging!

~Kate's mom

Comment by DisneyDebi (02/903) on October 7, 2011 at 8:16pm

We are all in the same boat right now...all crying...all missing :(  My son left on the 4th and got there in the evening as well, same short phone call.  I feel your pain and we will be here if you need to vent! 



Comment by MySonMyHero on October 7, 2011 at 9:46pm
Our son left for GL Wed Oct 5th also, or I should say he arrived there that day. Was at Meps the day before with all the other recruits for 11 hours. Yes I also received the partially scripted phone call and I couldn't help but cry once he hung up. As I type this I'm sitting in my sons room on his computer, just want to be as near as I can and if it's in his room for a bit, thats ok. Two of his friend stopped by last night to visit us, so thoughtful. They miss him so much too. Had to leave work half day today because I just couldn't focus and really needed to have a good cry and so I did. Our dogs were right there to console me, bless their little furry hearts. Feel a bit better now, had been holding it in so much and only allowing small tears but I needed to just let it go. Looked lovely afterwards but thank you Lord for make-up so I did my public service and reapplied my face lol. Every day that goes by Moms is a day closer to graduation! I know my son has only been gone 2 1/2 days but for once I want time to fly by fast and I'll take every positive thought I can wrap my hands around. Like Katesmom and DaltonsMom above I keep wondering is he ok? Is he getting yelled at? Is he feeling lost? and it goes on and on and on and then I have to stop myself, say a prayer and ask God to please put a hedge of protection around him and be with him, look after him and protect him. So I lift him up because he is God's child first and I get comfort because I know how much I love him and I know God loves him even more. I do also pray for comfort and peace for my heart and I'm blessed to see and meet people like the wonderful Mom's on this site and friends lend support which helps a lot. It's going to hurt but  the love of others helps to ease the hurt. They teach us how to raise our kids, raise them to be good loving honorable human beings but I never was taught how to let him go. So I might be a bit clumsy at it but thats ok. Well Mom's I wish you each a wonderful evening and I am saying a prayer including all our kids tonight. Sending hugs and smiles, Brandons Mom                
Comment by Invisible12 on October 7, 2011 at 11:25pm
Dalton's son left for BC on 9/15 and I still cry.  Not as much but I do.  I'm still sad.  I still walk around the house sometimes feeling lost, like there's a big empty hole.  Somehow it gets more manageable.  I slept in his room for 2 wks but once I got a phone call and the letters starting coming it helped alot.  Once you start making your arrangements to attend PIR you'll start getting excited instead of being so sad.  I know for me, I'm still sad, very sad, but you just learn to manage it better.  We're all here for you. Hang in there!
Comment by Lydia PROUD MOM SHIP 09 DIV 013 on October 9, 2011 at 7:35pm

Our son left two days ago for boot camp I also received that brief phone call letting me know he arrived and should receive his box and address withing three weeks....

 I too have been crying on and off daily.  He has younger siblings and the one who is 8 and understands says mommy do you think the little guy (2-1/2 yrs old) will remember him when he sees him at graduation? I say of course he will and then when I can  I head to go behind closed doors to shed some more tears...  I know he will be fine at boot camp and he has so been looking forward to start this new chapter in his life but as a mom he will always be my baby.  This is the first time we have been apart this long with no call.  I think and pray for him as well as the rest of the recruits  multiple times through out the day and hoping this time flies by for all of us.


Comment by Navy Mom 0324 on October 9, 2011 at 11:21pm
Well, this was the first weekend without Dalton being home. The weather was beautiful here in Michigan, and I found myself checking the weather in Great Lakes often, just to see if it was a beautiful day there. His bedding is all clean, curtains have been washed, ironed, cleaned and dusted his room...anything to be in his room helped me get through this weekend.  Waiting anxiously for the form letter, anything to hear from him.
Comment by lynnjhiles on October 10, 2011 at 9:00pm

all our lives it has only been my and i and now it has been one week since he left and i miss him so much i cry at night and even the dog sleeps on his bed because she missed him terrible too

cannot wait for the firtst letter so i know how he is doing and when is graduation

all i know is i love him and miss him very much


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