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Join groups!  Browse for groups for your PIR date, your sailor's occupational specialty, "A" school, assigned ship, homeport city, your own city or state, and a myriad of other interests. Jump in and introduce yourself!  Start making friends that can last a lifetime.

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.

OPSEC - Navy Operations Security

Always keep Navy Operations Security in mind.  In the Navy, it's essential to remember that "loose lips sink ships."  OPSEC is everyone's responsibility. 

DON'T post critical information including future destinations or ports of call; future operations, exercises or missions; deployment or homecoming dates.  

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."

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.

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my husband is graduation July 19th does anyone know how to pick up tickets? I've read so many different articles but not 100% sure.... im wondering if it would be easier to just get tickets ahead of time or just get them day of? not sure just yet but if anyone has insight i would really appreciate it.

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Comment by B'sNukeMoM⚓️MMN on June 26, 2019 at 10:44pm


If you are attending a graduation ceremony, you MUST personally obtain your ticket, you cannot pick up tickets for others. Tickets will be distributed at the Recruit Family Welcome Center, located inside the Navy Exchange Burkey Mall, Bldg. 3452, 2650 Green Bay Road Great Lakes, IL 60088 

Additional information on ticketing is also available on our website at (See

Once you receive your ticket, please DO NOT lose it, as this will be the only ticket you will receive. These tickets are not transferable and are serialized to each graduation attendee. If you do not have a ticket you will not be permitted access to the base.

The Recruit Family Welcome Center will be open on the following days and times: Thursday [10:00 AM to 7:30 PM], and Friday [5:30 AM to 8:00 AM]. ***Certain federal holidays may require adjusting days and times. Please refer to the command website for those specific updates***

Please plan accordingly so each person listed can check in to receive a ticket for the graduation ceremony. Again, if you don’t have a ticket you will NOT be allowed entry to the base. Tickets will only be issued to those guests who the graduating recruit has verified will be attending.

Please ensure that those who check-in to receive their graduation tickets are the same as those listed on the access list. Tickets will ONLY be issued to those individuals (each individual MUST pick up their own ticket). During the check-in process we will do our best to provide information about recruit training, the graduation ceremony, where to buy Navy pride memorabilia, and any other questions you might have.  

Comment by QueenPxo on June 26, 2019 at 11:34pm
Thank you so much I felt completely clueless when you say about picking up my own ticket I’m having our son go with us he is 5 I can grab his ticket obviously correct?
Comment by B'sNukeMoM⚓️MMN on June 27, 2019 at 11:07am

You will need to take some form of ID for your 5 year old - birth certificate or SS card would work.  Everyone over 3 years of age must have ID and your 5 year old needs to be on the list.

Q. I plan on attending a graduation ceremony. What forms of ID do I need?
A. All guests 18 years and older, must present valid government issued photo identification: driver's license, state ID card, passport, military ID card, etc….

Guests 17 years or younger who do not possess one the items listed above must present one of the following: school ID, driver's permit, copy of their birth certificate, or social security card. On the security form you received from your recruit, the state ID number may be substituted with the social security number.  

Comment by B'sNukeMoM⚓️MMN on June 27, 2019 at 11:13am

This is a good link - it can answer many of your questions.  If you can pick your tickets up the day before PIR that would probably be better - that way you aren't as rushed.  But you can pick them up the day of if need be - just get there early.  And everyone on the list must be there to pick up their own ticket.

Recruit Training Command

Comment by B'sNukeMoM⚓️MMN on June 27, 2019 at 11:20am

Be sure to join this group for boot camp moms

You'll find answers to most of your questions there.

Comment by B'sNukeMoM⚓️MMN on June 27, 2019 at 11:22am

Also join the 7/19/19 PIR group:

PIR July 19

Comment by Jen80smusic on July 28, 2019 at 10:39am

Is it okay if individuals in our group attending PIR pick up their tickets at different times, or do all three of us need to pick our tickets up at the same time? 

Comment by lemonelephant on July 28, 2019 at 6:30pm

Jen80smusic, yes, the individuals can pick up tickets at different times.


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