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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

...and visit - America's Navy and also Navy Live - The Official Blog of the Navy to learn more.

OPSEC - Navy Operations Security

Always keep Navy Operations Security in mind.  In the Navy, it's essential to remember that "loose lips sink ships."  OPSEC is everyone's responsibility. 

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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."

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**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).  Still limited to 2 guests maximum.

Specific information on this policy change will be provided in the coming days and weeks.

We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience and appreciate your support.


RTC Graduation

**UPDATE 7/16/2021**




**UPDATE - 2020**

Due to COVID there is no public PIR. The graduations are on Thursday, and the video of the graduation is posted on RTC's FaceBook on Friday at approx 3pm. Please keep in mind that a division may need to complete additional quarantine during training which will delay their graduation.

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.

Please see changes to attending PIR in the PAGES column. The PAGES are located under the member icons on the right side.

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Hello everyone. My son is in ship 6 Division 117. And graduates on April 14 th. He call me Saturday about 11:30 am. He's ok. Just very fustrated for there are two individuals in his group causing ruckus. Which puts the whole team back where they started. They just keep messing up which messes up the whole team. Couldn't talk long only 10 -15 min. But I was truly thankful I got that. I'm just worried about Aj. For he just tired of getting into trouble when he personally hasn't done anything. But these two are making hard for the whole team.They take three steps forward and when they mess up. They get pushed 4 steps back. Sometimes I feel helpless not being able to do anything. However I know he's ok .he just sounds so over it already. But he says he's going to stick it out and keep his cool. I'm sending him some more calling cards and some cash that he's requested. I trust in the Lord to know if this is his plan Aj will be fine. If not. God will bring him home. Thanks for accepting me and letting me share.

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What you are describing is entirely normal, and happens in every division.  There's always someone who can't figure it out quickly, but they eventually do.  Stay supportive and tell him to hang in there.  His division should start to click soon.  It is all part of the process!

That's exactly what I've been doing. Thank you

The first three weeks are the toughest. Believe me, no matter how well they're doing, they would be getting in trouble for messing it up. All part of the process. 

When/if he calls, just support him and tell him to hang in there. 

On the other part, why would he be needing cash?

My 2¢: Start send him money now and you will be sending money for his entire enlistment.

Daughter bought a car, bought a condo, flew home on holidays, earned a college degree without asking us for any financial assistance. The Navy is a well paying job with great benefits. And they teach recruits about financial responsibility in boot camp.

I agree.  They are issued an NEX card to use when they are taken to the exchange; it comes out of their pay.  They are not really supposed to have cash on hand in boot camp. No reason for it except to buy junk food he does not need, or to gamble.  


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