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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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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."

Follow this link for OPSEC Guidelines:



**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).  Still limited to 2 guests maximum.

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 7/16/2021**




**UPDATE - 2020**

Due to COVID there is no public PIR. The graduations are on Thursday, and the video of the graduation is posted on RTC's FaceBook on Friday at approx 3pm. Please keep in mind that a division may need to complete additional quarantine during training which will delay their graduation.

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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We are planning our travel to be present at PIR next month.  Does anyone have any recommendations on the best places to stay nearby?  Any insight from those who have experience is greatly appreciated!  

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Comment by AMPD on September 11, 2021 at 5:56pm
Comment by B'sNukeMoM⚓️MMN on September 12, 2021 at 1:53am

Hi there - be sure to join the boot camp group - I posted the link in the welcome message on your page.  It's a very active group and you will get quicker answers to your questions over there.  You'll also find lots of other valuable info posted in the boot camp group!

Comment by Chipmunk on September 12, 2021 at 8:59am

Please come join us in the Boot Camp Moms (and loved ones) - Navy For Moms (  group!! Be sure to read through the past postings, especially on the last couple of Friday or Saturday posts as those who have recently attended PIR have been sharing their experiences. 

Comment by AMPD on September 13, 2021 at 12:02pm

Thank you!!

Comment by Chipmunk on September 13, 2021 at 2:10pm

You are welcome!! I see that you joined the BC Mom group. Be sure to post in the comment section and ask if anyone has hotel recommendations. Also, you should receive a brochure from RTC when you receive your form letter with the address that has a list of some suggested lodging in the area. 

Comment by GAMOM on October 5, 2021 at 3:52pm

Wingate by Wyndham was a decent hotel. Room was clean and staff were nice. Located right by the Gurnee Mills mall. Visited our sailor who has been gone since March, he was able to get a CHIT so we had him Friday & Saturday overnight and Sunday until 9 p.m.. Big Ed's BBQ in Waukegan was busy but definitely worth the wait! We managed to do the Escape Room, see a movie and sightsee in Chicago. If you go downtown Chicago, be prepared to pay a lot for parking and food. Beautiful buildings and lots of shopping if you are into that. Visit was fun but leaving our sailor behind had my "allergies" kicking. 

Comment by Chipmunk on October 5, 2021 at 10:39pm

GAMOM - Thanks for sharing your hotel information with AMPD. Would you mind posting this over in the main BC Mom group page in the comment area. It would be helpful to some of our new members who are planning for their PIR as well. 


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