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All Hands Magazine's mini-documentary series "Making a Sailor": These six videos follow four recruits through Boot Camp in the spring of 2018 who were assigned to DIV 229, an integrated division, which had PIR on 05/25/2018. 

Making a Sailor: Episode 1 - "Get on the Bus"

Making a Sailor: Episode 2 - "What did I get myself into?"

Making a Sailor: Episode 3 - "Processing Days"

Making a Sailor: Episode 4 - "Forming"

Boot Camp: Making a Sailor - Episode 5

Making a Sailor: Episode 6 - "I'm a U.S. Navy Sailor"

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DO be smart, use your head, always think OPSEC when using texts, email, phone, and social media, and watch this video: "Importance of Navy OPSEC."

Please note! Changes to this guide happened in October 2017. There are now tickets issued, and there are no longer parking passes for PIR.

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We got the call on April 6th. She failed her run. Twice. So she is being sent home. She can go back in 6 months. I missed that call, my husband took it (I was at work). She called again on Monday the 9th. She is upset, frustrated and still far from home. She called her brother today. I am waiting for my next call from her and a letter from her soon. She says she wants to go back, I am going to do everything I can to help her and support her. I know if she just walked away and gave up she would be miserable. Hoping we can turn this around for her.

I am so grateful to have found this place. It has given me comfort, advice and tons of helpful information. Thank you all for being here for us. You are great.

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Comment by B'sNukeMoM⚓️MMN on April 11, 2018 at 7:09pm

I am sorry to hear she didn't pass her run.  Here is the link to follow to read about the new standard:

Navy Sets New Physical Fitness Standard to Start Boot Camp

In a nutshell... starting January 1 of 2018, ALL Recruits will be required to pass an initial run standard BEFORE they commence basic military training. If they do not pass the initial run standard they will be given one more chance within a 48 hour period to retest and pass. If they fail to meet the requirements for the initial run standard they will be separated from the Navy with an entry level separation, which allows them to reapply at a later date with a waiver from Navy Recruiting Command.

Please read the article in the link for more details.

When she gets home have her start working on her run and all the physical fitness assessments right away.  Tell her not to give up - it's just a minor setback.

Comment by bkm4 on April 11, 2018 at 7:17pm

Exactly what I told her. She will have time to prepare physically and mentally. Told her she can go back ready for everything. Have a plan in place and a whole town that will offer their support and encouragement. Thank you B'sNukeMoM. 

Comment by mern on April 11, 2018 at 7:57pm

 She will already know how the first few days go, that should help that nervousness. Best to her as she moves forward

Comment by lemonelephant on April 11, 2018 at 11:21pm

bkm4, I put info on SEPS on your My Page.

Comment by Phoenixmom on April 11, 2018 at 11:58pm

 Bkm4 I am so sorry to hear this, but I agree with what B'SNukeMom mentioned. You must be So proud if her she us determined and with that comes Strength Amen! Proud if her already. There is no doubt this second time around, you will have a Sailor. 

Comment by maristar2 on April 12, 2018 at 12:23am

Bkm4, She will know what to expect 2nd time around and be well prepared to succeed! 6 months will go by quickly and I have faith she can do it with all your support & family! Wishing you and your daughter the very best!

Comment by bkm4 on April 12, 2018 at 1:11am

lemonelephant thank you. I did read it. 

Comment by bkm4 on April 12, 2018 at 1:12am

Thank you all.

Comment by Square1 on April 14, 2018 at 10:43am
I have one son that was separated and one that made it through. The best advice I received was, when you pick her up at the airport don’t ask questions. Just let her talk at her own speed... believe me everything comes out! It may not be the right path for her, time will tell but either way it will have changed her for the best:)


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