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Pass In Review - Tips, Hints, and Helps


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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Latest Activity: Jul 29

Helpful Links for Pass In Review / Navy Boot Camp Graduation


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

Important RTC/PIR Changes

RTC is making important changes to polices regarding PIR Guest Access as well as Bag Checks and Restriction Policies. Take the time to read thru these and be prepared when you head to Great Lakes for PIR.

Training Group Graduation Dates and Divisions


Attention friends and family of recruits graduating Jan. 24, Jan. 31, Feb. 7 and Feb. 14: Due to the large number of recruits graduating in each division, these Training Groups will only be allowed THREE guests per recruit. All guests age 3 and older must have a ticket, including active duty personnel, and will count toward the total number allowed. Additional graduation information is contained in your Family Form Letter as well as on the website, to include ticket pickup location and times.

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

NAVY LODGE - Great Lakes - information


Discussion Forum

Great Lakes Lodging Guide

Started by NavyDads Admin (Paul). Last reply by NavyDads Admin (Paul) May 26, 2016. 61 Replies

Great Lakes Airfares...

Started by NavyDads Co-Admin, Gary. Last reply by Chuck McCann Sep 21, 2015. 21 Replies

PIR April 1 This Friday!

Started by John B. Last reply by Alan Willard May 31, 2012. 16 Replies

Navy Boot Camp Graduation Schedule

Started by E.G. - ND's Creator/Admin. Last reply by NavyDads CoAdmin Jim Gramza Jan 15, 2018. 15 Replies

Order a DVD of your Sailor's PIR

Started by NavyDads Admin (Paul). Last reply by NavyDads CoAdmin Jim Gramza Oct 10, 2014. 15 Replies

Great Lakes A school

Started by Bryan K Stewart. Last reply by Robert Quartararo Oct 3, 2011. 10 Replies

July 1st PIR

Started by J. Moan. Last reply by NavyDads CoAdmin Jim Gramza Jul 3, 2011. 10 Replies

Ticketing and guest policies

Started by E.G. - ND's Creator/Admin. Last reply by NavyDads CoAdmin Jim Gramza Feb 9, 2015. 9 Replies

Staying on after PIR

Started by Northeast Dad. Last reply by Carlos E. Alatorre Apr 6, 2012. 9 Replies

Liberty after PIR

Started by Nelsen's Dad. Last reply by Craig Mar 23, 2011. 9 Replies

Comment Wall


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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

Comment by NavyDads Admin (Paul) on June 29, 2017 at 10:59am

RTC understands the issue with ID's and the changes made earlier this year- they realize that folks from all over the US come to RTC for PIR and the PAO let me know that they are accepting all VALID state ID's-



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