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All Hands Magazine's full length documentary "Making a Sailor": This video follows 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. 

Boot Camp: Making a Sailor (Full Length Documentary - 2018)

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**UPDATE 4/26/2022** Effective with the May 6, 2022 PIR 4 guests will be allowed.  Still must be fully vaccinated to attend.

**UPDATE as of 11/10/2022 PIR vaccination is no longer required.

**UPDATE 7/29/2021** You now must be fully vaccinated in order to attend PIR:

In light of observed changes and impact of the Coronavirus Delta Variant and out of an abundance of caution for our recruits, Sailors, staff, and guests, Recruit Training Command is restricting Pass-in-Review (recruit graduation) to ONLY fully immunized guests (14-days post final COVID vaccination dose).  


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**UPDATE 8/25/2022 - MASK MANDATE IS LIFTED.  Vaccinations still required.

**UPDATE 11/10/22 PIR - Vaccinations no longer required.


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Though you can click on everyone's profile to learn more about them, I thought I start a thread for people to introduce themselves to the forum community. :)

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All I know is basic you can't but after they can I heard.
When James was in Great Lakes There was NO CELL PHONE ALLOWED.No electronics of any kind. But there are always one or two who hide phone I heard. My address came in a welcome letter from Great lakes. It came the same day my 1st letter came from James :)
When did you get the first letter do you remember?
I want to say 2 weeks. They write letters on Sundays to mail Monday. ( have letter ready by Sunday). James mailed his letter 7 days from when i saw him last. Mailed on Mondays I got the letters every Wednesday. That was almost a year ago in April :)
Today has been eight days and nothing yet, I am waiting axiously for the mail these
last two days hoping to get something. Its amazing how my world has became so dependant on one letter. I will be so happy to get one.
Hang in there - you should get something soon. I got two letters from my son on the same day and then I have had nothing for almost two weeks. So I know how you feel! I rush home and check the mail every day now.
Thanks I will hang in there can't wait to hear from him. My boy is in ship 09 Div 153 and left on 2/21 anyone have a boy in the same ship and div? I thought it would be nice to tell him I am talking to their mom online.
My son is in ship 9 but he is in div 138. Good luck to you and your son
Thanks Brenda,
Aw - I know exactly how you feel. The night my son left when we said goodbye he hugged me so tight and just cried. I think if we both could have changed it that night we would have. Though I know he has to go out on his own it certainly isn't any easier. The one and only call I got I could tell as we were hanging up he was crying too. I just want to hear from him soon,.
My boy never called when he landed and I am not sure why but my thought was he was too tired.
Hi, I'm Tammy. I have the most wonderful Son that started at Great Lakes on 2/21/08. I am a single mother and Travis is my only child. When I had to leave him and pulled away... that was one of the hardest things I had ever done. I cried for a few days. Emptiness set in real fast. I have raised him by myself. I am very very proud of him! He is 20 yrs old.


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