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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 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).  

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.


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**UPDATE 6/23/2022 - MASK MANDATE IS LIFTED -  Vaccinations still required


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My son arrived to RTC 2 weeks ago.  I broke my cell phone, so while I wait for replacement to be mailed - I called in to retrieve my messages remotely - and there was a msg from American Red Cross. The woman did not leave a return number, but said she'd call again today - but I won't be able to answer.  Does everyone get this call???  Should I be concerned??  

My son had planned to call my husband if/when he gets phone call - and hubby hasn't received anything.  So I'm guessing this is something everyone gets? 

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This is definitely a legitimate call. They reach out to you to tell you how they can help you and support your sailor in case of a family emergency. They ask how you are doing and coping. If your son had your email address, they may send you an email with all of their contact information. They are not calling because something is wrong. So I hope that helps!  

You can always reach out to your local chapter if you have any questions. They may send you the contact number and information if you miss the call today. 

Thank you so much Shanny!   You put my mind at ease!!  The silence is rough enough, let alone adding in a phone breaking - terrible timing!

The silence is so hard!  I am a year and half in and the silence is still hard when they go out. Or work night shifts because I'm afraid to wake him up if he is sleeping in the day and can't call at night because he is working. It's rough. I hope you hear from him soon!  Remember, no news is good news!  The silence means he is progressing through with no problems.  Always great to hear their voices but sometimes,  the silence is a good thing!

My son arrived November 9th and I got that call a week later
It’s nothing to worry about. They said my son was fine. He gave them my contact information in case of a family emergency. They gave me the number I would need to call along with his case number. They would be able to get in touch with him in case something was to happen. Like a serious illness or a death in the family
I got the same call. I was just saying that my son if fine he just gave us ur contact information in case of a family emergency how to contact him. Witch would be through the American Red Cross. Nothing to worry about

I also want to say, there is an app you can download-both for Apple and Android called HERO CARE it is a Red Cross app you can use to reach them in an emergency if you are unable to place a phone call for whatever reason or if you would rather use that than call. I have it on my phone just in case. 

Autum96-- I'm so glad the others were able to answer your question.  I too broke my cell phone while my sailor was in BC.  I was able to activate an old phone so I was not out of touch for long but I was a mess the whole time .  He did call the day after I activated the old flip phone, but before I got my new Smart phone! (This was over 8 years ago) The red cross didn't used to call but they do now.  I'll be posting on the Main BC moms page some additional info soon.


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