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Pass In Review - Tips, Hints, and Helps

Pass in Review: There have been so many questions & answers about Pass in Review "PIR" that we need one place to be a clearinghouse to help experience a Navy Graduation.

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From RTC:

To better accommodate traffic flow on the day after graduation when families and friends pick up Sailors for liberty, a new traffic plan will direct guests to the parking garage adjacent to the USS Yorktown visitors center, the same place you would park on graduation morning.

Gate 8 (same entrance used on graduation morning) will be open from 6 to 10 a.m. All guests will park in the garage to wait for their Sailors who will meet them there. When dropping off Sailors later in the day, guests will use Gate 6 at Illinois Street and Buckley Road and drop the Sailors off in the chapel parking lot.

Gate 8 will NOT be open to vehicular traffic when returning your Sailors from liberty. Sailors may also be dropped off at Gate 8 to access base on foot via the automated turnstile using their CAC (Common Access Card).


PIR Moves to Thursdays !

Families and friends of future Sailors: Beginning October 5, 2023, recruit graduations will be conducted on Thursday instead of Friday. This will allow an extra day of off-base liberty for the graduates and their families. Federal holidays, such as Thanksgiving, will push up the graduation to Wednesday.

For a current list of upcoming graduations dates and all graduation information, including instructions for obtaining graduation ceremony tickets, please visit our website at U.S. Navy Recruit Training Command > Graduation.

The liberty policy will also change effective October 5.
Enjoy LIBERTY (free time off base) with your NEW SAILOR! Sailors are allowed to spend time off base (Liberty) with their family following the graduation ceremony. The amount of time spent depends upon where your Sailor is going for follow-on training. The Navy is required to transport Sailors to their next command, so Sailors MAY NOT travel to their next command in your vehicle or with tickets purchased by themselves or by you.
• SAILORS REMAINING AT GREAT LAKES FOR SCHOOL: Sailors remaining at Great Lakes for “A” school Will have the following schedule:
o DAY OF GRADUATION: You will normally have free time off base (liberty) with your Sailor from the conclusion of graduation until about 8pm. You will return your Sailor using the RTC main gate and drop your Sailor off at the RTC Chapel. The Sailor MUST be in his or her barracks by 9 pm, so plan accordingly.
o DAY AFTER GRADUATION: The next day, your Sailor must check into his or her school before being granted more free time with you time off base (Liberty). You will pick-up your Sailor OFF BASE at the Great Lakes National Museum of the American Sailor between approximately 10am and noon and the Sailor can normally remain with you off base until Sunday evening. For more information about liberty procedures, please contact the school house directly:
o Culinary Specialists (CS): Although this “A” school is located in Virginia, these Sailors will remain in Great Lakes for up to one week to complete additional firefighting training.
o Engineering: For Surface Warfare Engineering School Command Great Lakes:
o Combat: For Surface Combat Systems Training Command Great Lakes:
o EOD: For Center for Explosive Ordnance Disposal, please call 847-688-6819 (EOD Sailors ONLY!)
o DAY OF GRADUATION: You will normally have free time off base (liberty) with your Sailor from the conclusion of graduation until about 8pm. You will return your Sailor using the RTC main gate and drop your Sailor off at the RTC Chapel. The Sailor MUST be in his or her barracks by 9 pm, so plan accordingly.
o DAY AFTER GRADUATION: The next day you may return through the main gate and pick your Sailor up at approximately 8am in the RTC Chapel parking lot. Once again, the Sailor MUST return to his or her barracks by 9 pm that evening, so plan accordingly.
o SATURDAY MORNING: You may meet your departing Sailor at the airport to say good bye and to give the Sailor any small items he or she may want for “A” School (laptop, a few items of civilian clothing, etc.) but remember your Sailor is already carrying a seabag, garment bag, and back pack!

The Latest Guidance as of September 23rd, 2022

Revised Pass-in-Review Policy

Effective immediately, indoor mask policy is relaxed per CDC guidance. Naval Station Great Lakes (NAVSTAGLKS) returns to HPCON Alpha. Presently, Lake County, Illinois, has a low level of COVID cases. Guests attending the graduation ceremony are NOT required to wear a mask while indoors, for ticket pickup at the Welcome Center, or while indoors at Recruit Training Command.

The number of guests allowed has increased to four, unless there are 11 or more divisions when the maximum number of guests is three. If you have already submitted your guest security access form listing two individuals, please have additional guest information ready to provide to your recruit when they call. All guests must have a ticket including active duty personnel and veterans. (Children 2 & under do not count toward the guest limit.) COVID-19 immunizations are still required for guest attendance. Guests 12 or older need to provide proof of immunization (14 days post final dose,) in the form of a COVID-19 vaccination record card, to attend. If you are unable to provide proof of vaccination, you will not be issued tickets and will not be able to attend graduation. REMINDER: Policies regarding the graduation ceremony can change at any time due to changes in our health protection status and policy. Please continue to follow RTC social media accounts for updates and check for the most up-to-date information. For specific questions and inquiries, contact the RTC Public Affairs Office.

Live streaming of our graduations begin at 9 a.m. CST every Friday. Videos will also be available for viewing afterwards as well on our Facebook page at: and our YouTube channel at:​.


For those family and friends unable to attend RTC graduation, it will be streamed live over the internet at 0845 (CST) on the day of graduation.   Please follow the link below and join us in honoring the service of these young men and women.


Click here for live video of PIR

Pass in Review Graduation Schedule - Navy Boot Camp Graduation Schedule

Liberty Rules @ Navy Graduation - Granted Liberty to Go Off Base

Where is Recruit Training Command Located? - Location of Navy Boot Camp

Directions to Navy Boot Camp - Naval Station (NAVSTA)

Shortcut to RTC for PIR

Security protocols in order to ensure the safety and security of our Sailors, recruits, and visitors - Pass In Review Security for Navy Graduation

What is the Proper Attire to Wear to PIR? - What to Wear to Graduation

PIR Glasses & Contact Lenses - Can my Sailor Wear Their own Glasses or Contacts for Graduation?

Military & Veteran Guests Attending PIR - Military Attending Pass in Review

Tickets and guest policy - Tickets and Guest policies for PIR

Items not allowed in the drill hall - Not allowed

Greeting Your Sailor at the Airport Gate -  USO Location's @ the Airport

Metra Stop @ Great Lakes, IL - Public Transportation @ Navy Graduation

How to Order a DVD of Your Sailor's PIR - Navy Graduation Video

Click here for the form to order division T-Shirts - Division Tee-Shirts

After PIR Comes "A" School - General information about Navy "A" School

PIR and Liberty - General Liberty Policies after PIR

 Dates with [3] means MAX number of guests is three.

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Comment by NavyDads Admin (Paul) on August 16, 2020 at 9:42pm

BTW- the rumor (from pretty reliable sources) is that PIR ceremonies are postponed for the next year.....

Comment by NavyDads Admin (Paul) on March 21, 2020 at 4:12pm

Effective immediately, the U.S. Navy is suspending all Recruit Training Command (RTC), in Great Lakes, IL, and Officer Training Command (OTC), in Newport RI, formal, large-scale graduation ceremonies until further notice as part of its proactive approach to protect our mission and limit the potential spread of COVID 19.

Recruits, Officer Candidates and students will continue to graduate, but the transition from Recruit or Officer Candidate to Sailor will be marked by small, internal events which cannot be live-streamed.

Comment by Patrick J. Doherty on April 13, 2019 at 1:57pm

You're welcome, Edward.    Couldn't agree with you more!!   It has been several years now, however it was a day full of pride and happiness.    Safe travels to all. ~ Pat

Comment by NavyDads Admin (Paul) on April 13, 2019 at 1:23pm

Hope the PIR experience was everything we told you it would be!  Enjoy the time together !

Comment by Patrick J. Doherty on April 12, 2019 at 5:29pm

Congratulations, Edward, and to the Sailor, too!!!    Trusting your family will enjoy some time this weekend.    Best wishes to all.    ~ Pat Doherty

Comment by NavyDads Admin (Paul) on April 4, 2019 at 10:51am

Barring technical issues we also provide that video live on the main page of this site.......just an option

Comment by NavyDads Admin (Paul) on April 4, 2019 at 10:39am
Comment by Chris Hurt on November 21, 2017 at 12:18am
Will be attending Jan 5th 2018. Son is 909. Can't wait!
Comment by NavyDads Admin (Paul) on November 6, 2017 at 10:21am

If you are attending this Thursday's recruit graduation ceremony, you must pick up your tickets in advance at the Recruit Family Welcome Center at Burkey Mall, 2630 Green Bay Road, North Chicago, IL 60088.

Due to federal holiday on Friday, ticket pickup hours have been adjusted for the Thursday graduation: 1-6 p.m. Tuesday; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Wednesday; and 5:30 a.m.-8 a.m. Thursday. If you are picking up your tickets on Thursday, please allow yourself ample time to pick up tickets and arrive to the ceremony prior to 8:45 a.m.

Each guest must pick up their ticket individually and they must have an ID; parents may pick up their minor children's' tickets under the age of 18 with their proper form of identification. There are no tickets available for extra guests or guests whose names are not on the access list.

*PLEASE NOTE* If you are returning to RTC later in the day to pick up your recruit, everyone in the vehicle must still have a ticket in order to drive onto the base or else you will be instructed to turn around.

Comment by NavyDads Admin (Paul) on September 14, 2017 at 12:33pm

From RTC:

Friends and Family of RTC,

Recently RTC changed security protocols in order to ensure the safety and security of our Sailors, recruits, and visitors. In doing so we have implemented a new security form for use in screening all guests who will be attending the ceremony.

To help eliminate any questions about filling out the form and where to return the form, we first encourage everyone to visit our website and review the graduation page or look for answers on our FAQ pages. It is important to remember that these forms MUST be filled out and returned to your recruit in the time indicated on the form and on our website. Again, these forms need to be returned to YOUR RECRUIT. Do not return these forms to Public Affairs, Events, Security, Admin, or any other department at RTC.

The mailing address for your recruit will be delivered to you by your recruit in the initial correspondence you receive from them after they arrive at RTC.

Please remember, it is the recruit’s responsibility to send this initial correspondence to whomever they choose and it is the recruit’s responsibility to keep their families informed on their progress as well as choosing who they want to attend their graduation ceremony. Again, please send your security form to your recruit.

Thank you,

RTC Public Affairs



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