How to Watch Pass in Review (the Navy’s Boot Camp Graduation)

Recruit Training Command (RTC), the Navy’s only boot camp, graduates more than 35,000 recruits annually. This graduation is known as Pass-In-Review (PIR). According to the RTC, “[PIR] is a formal military ceremony which honors [the] recruit’s hard work and dedication to a new way of life, and ties together the future of the Navy with our long-held Naval traditions and customs.”


In Person
The best way to watch PIR (pass-in-review) is in person.

June 29 2012 PIR as viewed from the balcony.

June 29 2012 PIR as viewed from the balcony.

During their time in boot camp, while each sailor is still in the recruit phase, they are allowed to place 3 names (4 if there are less than 13 divisions graduating at one time) on the all guest list.

In the past, children younger than 12 and active duty/ retired military personal were able to attend PIR without being placed on the all guest list. Now-a-days, due to a change in regulations which took place in January, everyone over the age of 3 needs to be on the guest list- including active duty/ retired military personal. It is important to know that only the graduating sailor can add or change the names of his/her invites to PIR. There is also no standby list anymore.

Gates for the ceremony open at 06.30 and the ceremonial drill hall doors open at 07.00. All guests must be seated in the ceremonial hall by 08.45. PIR begins promptly at 09.00.

In order for guests to enter the RTC, any guest older that 18 years of age will need to show an original and valid, government-issued photo identification (driver’s license, passport, military ID, etc.).


For those not lucky enough to be part of those 3 or 4 invitees, RTC has a solution. This year, they have opted to stream each PIR live. To view PIR in this way all anyone has to do is visit Navy Stream Live: USNavyRTC. Those viewing the streaming of PIR may be required to download additional plug ins in order for Live Stream to work.

Screenshot of the US Navy RTC live stream.

Screenshot of the US Navy RTC live stream.

For more information about Recruit training Command, for directions to the RTC, or for regulations regarding new sailor’s liberty please visit the RTC’s official website at:




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