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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)

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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 8/25/2022 - 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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At 3:27pm on February 27, 2016, 1after909 said…

Hello Doreen!

I am very excited for the meeting this Saturday.  Should we post on ILN4M about the downtown location? 

At 10:06pm on February 24, 2016, 1after909 said…

We are all on board for Saturday, May 5th!
I have heard only one other suggestion for a location from Linda: somewhere near 294&355...nothing specific.

I still like Blue Box Cafe in downtown Elgin, but am open to any location.
At 4:18pm on February 19, 2016, 1after909 said…

The location I mentioned before was Rhe Blue Box Cafe I. Elgin.
At 2:01pm on February 19, 2016, 1after909 said…

Linda said that she is in town on the weekends of the 5th and the 12th.
At 8:42am on February 19, 2016, 1after909 said…
Hi Doreen!

The 5th or the 12th work for me, too. I will contact Linda and see if she is in town on one of those weekends. She favors a restaurant near I-294/355.
At 12:44am on February 18, 2016, 1after909 said…
Nancy said that the first two Saturdays or Sundays (in the afternoon) would work for her. Linda said that she is going to Florida for two weeks, but did not specify which two weeks. I'm open any weekend.
At 7:31pm on February 17, 2016, 1after909 said…
Yes, I'll contact the others to see what day/time/place would be good for them in two-plus weeks. I look forward to meeting again!
At 3:45pm on February 17, 2016, 1after909 said…
Hello Doreen!
I enjoyed our Navy Mom lunch at Panera last month!
Perhaps it is time for all of us to meet for lunch again? I know a place closer to Nancy in Elgin called "The Blue Box Cafe."
At 11:34pm on February 29, 2012, bimmer/ship02div914 said…

It's o.k. that you didn't get back to me.  I'm glad you got to speak to your son--I'm sure it made your day. I think no matter how long you get to talk, you always think of things after you hang up that you forgot to ask. Now they are Sailors and will have access to their cell phones and computers, so we'll have better communication with them. Congratulations.  Enjoy graduation and spending time with your son.

At 10:28am on February 28, 2012, bimmer/ship02div914 said…

Doreen, when I spoke to my son yesterday, we spoke for about 15 minutes, then he called his Dad, and they spoke for about 15 minutes. I know he also was going to call his girlfriend, but I don't know if they spoke. The call was very relaxed and not rushed. The call will make you feel great and very proud of your Sailor.

At 9:01am on February 21, 2012, diannep said…

I'm hoping you tell me it is Tues/Wed, which will verify what I have already received from another person.  Please let me know.  Thanks!

At 4:36pm on January 17, 2012, AustinsMom (Ship 07 Div 078) said…

Doreen, I too thought the suite would be best for us. My SR's girlfriend is coming with us plus my oldest son is flying in from WA State. He was in the Air Force and when we went to San Antonio, TX for his graduation we were constantly trying to think of things to do and he was so tired. So this time we got a nice hotel room with a fully equipped kitchen and my plan is to just hang out at the hotel, play video games and relax, unless he wants to do other things. I reserved a 2 bedroom suite at the Residence Inn, as you did Thurs - Sun, it is about 3.5 miles from the Base. We are driving in from PA on Thursday. He was told before he left that his school would be right there at GL. Unless that chnges we will have the weekend with him. I checked with the hotel and if things do change we will be able to cancel the extra night with no charge. I am getting so excited already! I'm afraid these are going to be the longest 6 weeks ever!! :(

At 8:31pm on January 16, 2012, AustinsMom (Ship 07 Div 078) said…

Hi Doreen. My name is Robin. My SR Austin is my "baby". I am finally adjusting to him being gone. I had a really hard time with this for the first week. I also am borderline obsessed with this site and the facebook site. Both sites are very informative. I agree, I think we know more than they do, at least about what is to come for them. My oldest was in the Air Force and there was nothing like this available when he left for Basic Training. It is very comforting to know that all the mothers are feeling the same way I do. My son's girlfriend got the phone call. I am a little jealous but I am ok with it. I told him that she could have that first call after the "I'm here" call. I can't be selfish, he needs to do what he needs to do to get through. She called as soon as they hung up and told me about the call. I was relieved to know he was doing ok and making friends. And he told his GF to tell me that I would get the next call, if there is one, LOL. Have you made any arrangements for PIR yet?

At 9:12pm on April 18, 2011, carols_kitchen said…

My husband has family from Elgin, some who worked years ago for Elgin Watch Factory.

Hi and Welcome. 

We are happy to have you on the Navy for Moms site.  You are invited to join either the Illinois or Missouri family page as listed below.  It is a great way to find families in your area and even help plan meet and greets. We also have some packing parties for our troops overseas getting together.

Looking forward to hearing from you in one of our groups!

Be sure and let me know if you have any questions!

PS.  Feel free to cruise my page and see if there are any other groups that interest you


At 1:12pm on April 17, 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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