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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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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

Pass in Review Graduation Schedule - Navy Boot Camp Graduation Schedule

What if my Sailor is a Grad and Go? - What does Grad & Go Mean?

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)

Complete Family Guide to Boot Camp and Pass in Review (PIR)

PIR Security Reminder - 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

Can I Bring Extra Guest with me to PIR? - Extra Guest @ Pass in Review

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

One Dads Navy Graduation Experience - Helpful Info for PIR

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

Some State ID's are NOT Accepted for Entrance to the Base - Check Your ID

NAVY LODGE - Great Lakes - information


Now hear this! Now hear this!

You must save the form letter you get from your SR. It will have important information on it including the password so you can download the parking pass when it's time to go to PIR. Even if you rent a vehicle to drive to PIR from your hotel, you will need the parking pass. SAVE THAT FORM LETTER!

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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

Can I Bring Extra Guests to PIR?

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

Navy Boot Camp Graduation Schedule

Started by E.G. - ND's Creator/Admin. Last reply by NavyDads Admin (Paul) Nov 23, 2014. 10 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

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

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Comment by Terrence Cobb on March 4, 2017 at 3:02pm

Good Afternoon everyone I just wanted you to know what a awesome time we had during our sons PIR  on 2/10/17. Everyone should attend Sarge meet and and greet the night before the PIR. Great informations enjoyed meeting the other parents on the ship. I was so proud to watch all these young men and women march into Mid-Way Hall. Thank you and GOD BLESS all of our service men and women. GO NAVY

Comment by Andre Matalon on March 4, 2017 at 12:14pm
Greetings all, my son is scheduled to graduate from boot camp on 3/10 and the whole thing finally came down on me today like a ton of bricks. I was reading through some of the blogs and other forums this morning looking for info on PIR week and couldn't keep it together; my first cry since my son left in January. I guess we all have different ways of dealing with the loss. It's helping me to know that with him serving in honor for our country that those memories of his childhood are becoming more and more vivid and my love for more son has only grown. Before today I think I thought of myself as just a guide for his success not realizing how much I miss his voice, smile, energy and strength. Although proud and encouraging, I've finally gotten a bit selfish and started to reminisce. Those memories that have now become so vivid are just flooding me. I've been writing him and he back; we miss each other sorely. First snow season without him. Kind of lost on the mountain without him there.

My wife and I are flying out to Chicago this Wednesday and are hoping for the "I'm a sailor" phone call soon. Hopefully before we leave. He is on ship 14 division 90 so I think that means his group goes lastly. My wife and I think he's going through it as I write this!

Gods speed Brendan!
Comment by Joseph O'Malley on September 3, 2016 at 9:46pm

I am a brutally honest person, that doesn't mince words, I wouldn't have said it if I didn't mean it, and would have just as quickly called it a spade, if that's what I thought. I wish I could have named everyone, but I keep a very low profile,and only Sarge and my son knew I was there, aside from one volunteer whom I had a long conversation with at the meet and greet. You all are to be commended, and surely will be rewarded in the next life for your efforts in this one. Thank You!

Comment by NavyDads Admin (Paul) on September 3, 2016 at 9:14pm

To amplify on Jim's comment- to paraphrase, it takes a village to run a website!!!!  You have several other admins that provide an essential role in keeping NavyDads alive and running!  Thanks to all for your tireless efforts in keeping NavyDads moving forward and being one of the premier Military support sites around. 

Comment by NavyDads CoAdmin Jim Gramza on September 2, 2016 at 8:35pm

We also couldn't survive without our other administrators as well!

Comment by NavyDads CoAdmin Jim Gramza on September 2, 2016 at 8:33pm

Thank you Joseph. You don't know how much this means to us. Bravo Zulu to your new sailor!

Comment by NavyDads Admin (Paul) on September 2, 2016 at 7:51pm

Joseph- you're making us blush!!  Thanks for those very kind words- it means we are providing the help great Navy parents like you want!

Comment by Joseph O'Malley on September 2, 2016 at 7:44pm

It has officially been one week, and my sailor is in Pensacola, Florida now. I just wanted to say that Navy Dads, Paul and Jim, was one of, and will continue to be one of the most helpful and positive experiences of my life. They are just plain good people, and doing good things, and it doesn't stop at PIR, where you'll meet John, affectionately known as Sarge, another good egg who runs the meet and greet, which I highly advise you attend and support. All of these people , and more volunteer's I can't name were instantly best friends and good neighbors. Their dedication, goodwill, and energy has given me a more positive outlook on life, in that these kind of selfless people still exist. I think that Navy Base just being there is a positive influence on the area's people, who I found to be very nice, compared to other large city suburb areas. It was just such a positive experience for me and my son, due to some of the nicest people, who do this every single week, that I've ever met in my life! Thank you to all! I'm sorry if this isn't the correct forum for this comment, it was in my mail, and I just clicked and ran with it.

Comment by Patrick J. Doherty on September 2, 2016 at 5:58pm

Hi Larry - it will be memorable.   Our Sailor is # 2 of 4 sons, has always worked hard, and, i think finally, understood the meaning of Hard Work when he telephoned home....."Dad, I am a Sailor."    They do all the work.....we sit back and enjoy.....  Be supportive, be patient, be comforting, and, be proud.    Congratulations!!   (it is ok to have a handkerchief - lol)   Best wishes to you and your family.  It is a great journey.   ~ Pat Doherty

Comment by Larry Pronovost on September 2, 2016 at 10:37am

I have watched a couple of these PIR ceremonies, and I have become an emotional wreck each time!  My son doesn't even ship to boot until next March!  I hope I am better prepared when we actually attend his graduation!!


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