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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).  


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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1. Since Battlestations take place overnite, does the official ' I'm a Sailor call ' happen immediately upon completion or just anytime the next day?!?! Kinda concerned because if it's the day BEFORE PIR, we'll be flying into GL and more than likely won't get the call.


2. Does anyone have SPECIFIC info and instructions on arriving on base for PIR? The RTC site just gives the basic driving directions. How about which gates? Is there nearby parking (to entrance) for handicapped persons?


3. Also the same for picking up our Sailor for Liberty over the weekend.....I heard not to miss their amazing march to the parking lot. What time does this happen??  I'm guessing there's a specific area for this as well?!


4. Can you Adopt a Sailor (or 2 or 3!) for PIR weekend?


I'm sure I'll have more questions to come! Trying to gain as much knowledge now before 10-29-10!!

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1, After Battlestations, they have the capping ceremony. Then they have to clean for a while. After that, they have breakfast, sleep and get some down time. I think since there are so many sailors that go through battle stations at the same time, the calls are spread out. We got our call about 5pm the next evening. It was the best call EVER!
Battlestations can be up to 5 days before PIR so there is a chance that your sailor (and mine) will go through it earlier and you won't have to worry about missing the call. If they end up going the night before, I have seen pictures of moms and dads on the phones with their new sailors while they were in the cab coming from the airport! Maybe you should plan on giving her some cell numbers to call if you'll be in transit.

2. If you are coming in the night before graduation, then take a drive pass the gate. You won't miss the main RTC gate. You'll notice a building on the right hand side inside the gate. That's the security building you go through before graduation. It's a decent walk from there to the parade hall, so the parking might be close to the security building, but it won't be close to the parade hall. You might want to see if there is an email address to ask questions and see if they will have wheelchairs available. I seem to think they did, but I'm not sure.

3. Sorry I can't help much on this. My other son was Grad N Go, so we only got to spend Friday with him, the we met him at the airport at 5am to see him off to Charleston. :0( We didn't get to see any march.

4. YES YOU CAN ADOPT Sailors! All the sailors are entitled to liberty following PIR. Many who don't have family at PIR get together and take the train into the city, but many others will just stay on the base waiting to leave to their perspective schools. Ask your recruit if they have anyone in mind they would like to adopt. Sometimes they want to bring along someone from their division who they became friends with while they were there.
Thanks so much Mary! So informative!! Great idea on driving by the day prior. So awesome that we can offer something nice to those Sailors without family. Michell went into BC thinking none of us would be able to make it up there. Some of the girls offered for her to tag along with them. I was so grateful for their offer. Now if we can just return the favor to others in need.


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