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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.


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We will probably be moving fairly soon after our son Chris enters the Navy, (downsizing to a smaller house because soon after he leaves his brother will also be leaving). Then we'll probably be moving again a year or so after that, due to my job. We're as likely to move to another state. We've moved 18 times in 20 years in 5 states, and I don't expect that pattern to stop.

I know the Navy uses the address where sailors lived when they enter boot camp as the "address of record," sailors vote according to their address of record, and there are other things attached to that address, including taxes.

If we move to another state, what state taxes will he pay and in what state will he vote, especially if he's stationed overseas (Japan will be #1 on his dream sheet) and has no non-FPO US address of his own.

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They can still change state residency if desired, I switched to WV from UT because of the taxes. Pretty simple if you have a connection to the new state.
Thanks Hoppi. It does get confusing.

My husband is from WV (as was my ex), so I registered to vote there. At one time I thought we might move there.

I have also been a resident of California, but that's certainly not a tax break!
Thanks. It's going to be strange having our current town as his home of record. It's a short term job here (3 years) and we've never even lived in this state before. Our family is hundreds of miles away, the high school he graduated from is even farther away. He doesn't even have friends here.
"Home of Record" is used to determine travel entitlements when one separates from the military.

LOL, I just realized, this will be the absolute BEST place for this purpose for him to get the maximum amount from the Navy, in time and money. The nearest airports are EXPENSIVE to get to, and the nearest Greyhound bus is 100 miles away.


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