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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)

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 4/26/2022** Effective with the May 6, 2022 PIR 4 guests will be allowed.  Still must be fully vaccinated to attend.

**UPDATE as of 11/10/2022 PIR vaccination is no longer required.

**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).  


RTC Graduation

**UPDATE 8/25/2022 - MASK MANDATE IS LIFTED.  Vaccinations still required.

**UPDATE 11/10/22 PIR - Vaccinations no longer 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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Posted on April 28, 2010 at 9:21am 1 Comment

Hello all! =)

The last time I was on N4M was when my boyfriend of 3 years left for Great Lakes in January. I found this site to be incredibly helpful and a huge support to get me through until he graduated in March. (so I thought I could get your help Since he has been back, I have noticed all of the wonderful changes in him and all the new possibilities available to him now that he's in the Navy. It's made me start to think about my future and what I would like to…


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At 10:54am on February 24, 2010, Christy said…
proud Navy wife~

Thank you so much for all the info! You are so awesome! =)
At 12:15am on February 24, 2010, proud Navy wife! said…
The RTC Command Master Chief wrote on his profile:

"Grad n' go" Divisions are 121-128. They will depart sometime Saturday, 20 MAR (could be as early as 0200). The Sailors generally will have liberty commencing after graduation expiring on board at 2000. Some exceptions may exist (watchstanding duties mostly), but all get some liberty.
Transportation to O'Hare airport (ORD) is provided by government contract. That is, we do not allow new Sailors to ride with families/loved ones to ORD, etc., in the execution of Permanent Change of Station (PCS) orders. However, families can meet the Sailor at ORD to spend time together prior to departure if they so choose.
Any general questions about graduation, including "Grad n' Go," can be answered by my Public Affairs Office staff:

Recruit Training Command
3355 Illinois Street
Great Lakes , IL 60088
Phone: Public Affairs Office 847-688-2405

For personal and family related issues, please email RTC:

sounds like they're gonna be grad and go. I dont really think that guy you talked to on the phone knew too much about what he was talking about, lol. Here's the link to the chiefs profile:

He wrote this down at the bottom in his own comments section on 2/22...
At 10:46pm on February 22, 2010, proud Navy wife! said…
I have not heard for sure yet. That is all the information they gave me too. I will definately let you know the second I find out ,though. I am hoping so badly that they get all weekend but, so far, it doesn't look like they will.. :o( My husband sent me a letter thursday and I got it today (monday 2/22) and he still did not know for sure himself at that time..
At 7:22pm on February 11, 2010, proud Navy wife! said…
If you accept my friend request then I will add you to the group I created for ship 9 div 126 so we can share info easier and arent looking for replies across a million forums lol.

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