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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: Jan 3

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

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 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-

Comment by Stephen Phillips on June 29, 2017 at 10:54am

Thank you Matthew and Paul for your responses!  Hopefully there will be no issues with our ID's!

Comment by NavyDads Admin (Paul) on June 29, 2017 at 10:44am

As of Feb 16: 

There have been some questions regarding access to RTC for PIR in light of the restrictions on state ID's......this response just in from RTC: "We still accept all state's IDs".

Comment by Matthew on June 29, 2017 at 10:20am

You will need your passport if your state ID is not recognized.  If you don't have a passport then you better call ahead and check on what to do.  My wife and I were there in Jan for PIR.  Our state was on the list also and they didn't say anything to us, but we had our passports along just in case.

Comment by Stephen Phillips on June 29, 2017 at 9:58am

Hello everyone!  I am new to the site and to being a proud Navy dad, my son is in boot camp now and will graduate on July 28th, 2017.  I have read the article on State ID's and how some are not accepted.  Well, we are from Missouri and that state is on the list.  What do I need to do for PIR? Thanks for any help on this!

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!


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