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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)

Boot Camp: Behind the Scenes at RTC

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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).  


RTC Graduation

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

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


Please note! Changes to this guide happened in October 2017. Tickets are now issued for all guests, and all guests must have a ticket to enter base. A separate parking pass is no longer needed to drive on to base for parking.

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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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good luck to your son. and you. i cant wait until graduation march 28th. another month away. im starting to see the change already in just 2 letters. and it is all good. just gotta learn that its not about me its about him!!! thanks so much for making me feel okay by writing back.

i remain lucky and proud.
patti cole
When I feel lost a I go to the website for the recruiting center. It always made me feel closer to Jason.
Our boys are graduating one week apart! We'll be there March 21.
Yep. I go to the boot camp's website and check the weather there. Then at least I know if he's cold or not that day. It was so cold the other day, he said the wind made their eyes tear, but the tears froze!
I can relate to being a needy mom as well.
Hi Molly Graduation is great. Take lots of pictures and kleenex :) You will be so amazed of how he has changed and just as proud!!!!!! Welcome to the group.
I decided to buy stock in kleenex. LOL!!
Hi Molly
My name is Linda and my boy left for bootcamp 6 days ago. I am so lonely without him but am glad to know I am not alone. It can drive you crazy not hearing from him but when I get upset I try to keep busy doing other things and talking to navy moms here on this website. I love this website its a wealth of information and friends who know what I am going through. Welcome and am so glad your going to see your son soon. My son will graduate end of april not sure of the date yet.
hey Molly nice to meet you.
No-one does as well as they thought they would. When Bryan left my husband and I were alons for the 1st time in our marriage. Mt very large dog is now a spoiled rotten baby. So is my husband. You bring up son's knowing that they will leave someday, but it hurts like heck when they do.
You can do it. Take time for your self- try a new recipe or take up a new hobby. The children shouldn't be the only ones who grow and learn. It's your turn too.
Remember that it's okay to miss them, just don't let them know it.

Good Luck
Happy mom
Hi, I'm Melissa.....I'm 26 from Pennsylvania, Currently stationed on the USS CARL VINSOn which is in the ship yard in Newport News, VA. I am an Aviations Boatswains Mate. Third Class. ABH3 to be exact. lol....I am currently married to another service member but separating and on our journey to divorce....Thank you GOD...I have an almost 2 yr old son. Who I love with all of my being. Some day I like the navy other day i hate it. I love my Paycheck so I cant complain about that. well that is enough about me if you wanna talk more great....Maybe I can help you out with some issues you are having with your child that is in the navy. Or give you some advice about other things like bootcamp for instance.....

Thanks hope to hear from you all

well i would have to say when I went to bootcamp we got a phone call that night we got there but only for a minute or 2...but after that I would have to say it was about 2-3 weeks or maybe a month....but just send him lots of letters once you get his address because althought I am sure you would love to talk to him.....hearing from you through words is just as good.....i still have my letters and i am going on my 5th year.....make sure to write write write because like I said in another discussion....there is nothing worse than being the only person not getting letters...that happened to me for like 2 weeks straight.....i was soo sad but i was soo happy when i got again WRITE WRITE WRITE.......i hope this helps


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