Navy Boot Camp Graduation is the day when Recruits have their first Pass In Review (PIR) as new Sailors in the United States Navy. It is a day much anticipated by Sailors and their family. With only a couple of exceptions, PIR is held on Fridays in Freedom Hall, a large building on the Recruit Training Command side of Great Lakes Naval Training Station.
Graduating from Boot Camp is an occasion for pride in accomplishment. A Sailor at PIR has successfully completed eight or nine weeks of Boot Camp, including the final test of Battle Stations. From the moment the huge doors roll up, guests are treated to an impressive array of military excellence. Graduating Sailors wear the dress uniform – white or blue according to the season – and display the accomplishments of their division to the reviewing Officers and visitors. Special 900 divisions also perform special music and a special flag display. At the close of the ceremony, there are remarks by a special speaker. And then “Liberty” is called.
For most guests, the whole graduation ceremony is spent trying to spot ‘their’ Sailor, and waiting for that moment of liberty. When a recruit ships to Boot Camp, he or she is allowed very minimal contact with families. After an initial fifteen second “I’m here” call, communication shuts down for several weeks. There is the occasional letter sent when Recruits are allowed time to write on Sundays. And there might have been a phone call or two. But the end of graduation marks the first time that Sailors and families have seen each other for weeks.
After the ceremony is over, most of the time Sailors have a whole weekend with their families – although they usually must report back to their ship (barracks) at night. During this time, they must stay in uniform and abide by a strict set of rules of behavior. Despite this, Sailors are free to go to the Mall, or go into Chicago. Many choose, however, to lounge around a hotel and have the luxury of a long – and private – shower.
During the weekend of PIR, families – especially parents – often remark on the huge change they see in the new Sailor. There is a sense of self confidence and assurance. And there should be. Only the best make it through Navy Boot Camp. Only the best have what it takes to become Sailors in the United States Navy.
Now you need to find out how to make the best of your visit to PIR. Go to and find out how to get there, where to stay, what to do – even where to sit! – at your Sailor’s Boot Camp graduation.
Source by Al Dasch