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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).  


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

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


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My boyfriend left for navy today..he just gave me his last call few minutes ago and I can't tell you how much it killed me when he said its his last call for few weeks..I m really close to my boyfriend and without him, everything feels I just wanted to see if there is anyone who have their son or boyfriend left for navy on jan 15th..I really need somebody to talk to...

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Thank you for your correction yes, fair winds and following seas.

That is a common error. Have a great day.

Hello All!

I have just shipped my second SR off to the RTC yesterday. My first left almost exactly one year ago prior to this one. I had forgot how hard it was and I haven't really stopped crying since it sank in this morning. But, I know he's going to be just fine. I got the "I made it, I'm safe and I'll contact you again in a couple weeks" call last night. I'd also forgot how unnerving waiting for that call can be.  But, he sounded so calm and ready when he called. I really tried to hurry up the call so he didn't get yelled at to get off the phone but wanted to keep him on there so bad!  I'm sure there are others on here that know what I'm talking about.

I can't wait to find out what ship/DIV he is so I can join the other loved ones on here and get to know them! 


My oldest son left on thursday, my birthday, april 11. He is my best friend, as we grew up together. I am struggling with it.  I know it will become easier as time goes on. His last call to me came around 1 something that day to tell me he made it and he was safe, he sounded a bit nervous and scared, which in turn made it worse for me ( and the poor cashier in walmart when i started bawling as I was checking out). I think I have posted on his FB about 20 times and I am driving his brothers crazy. I hate when people ask me about him because it just brings me to tears each time. I just turned 35 and he will be 19 soon. So we have always been very close. His girlfriend and I have been crying rivers.....I can't wait for this to pass....She has skipped a few classes and I have been requesting off when there are extra nurses on...This is such a terrible feeling.

my son is leaving in 15 days and it is hurting me real bad, i do not know what to do i i had someone to talk also

You may wish to join the group, DEP-Leavin for bootcamp in May. You will meet others with loved ones leaving that day/week who may be in the same TG and have PIR together. Be sure to check out the discussion, Things to Do in the Last Month Before Your Future Sailor Leaves for the RTC. I also suggest you join Boot Camp Moms (and loved ones) and New Members Stop Here and check out the Pages (found under the pictures of the Members) and Discussions there. Getting connected on here will give you someone to talk to who knows what you are going through.

Your future Sailor may want to join to learn the ins and outs from the DEP point of view. Craig runs that and will steer him to some good links on there.

(Group names and the link within this reply are clickable links.)

My son leaves today. We took him to the hotel last night and my heart is breaking. I know that I needed to cut my "mom" strings but this is so difficult. He and I have been so close throughout his life. I think it is harder on me than it is on him. I am cleaning up his room and all I can think about is the times he won't be with me to enjoy the things he used to enjoy so much.

I know that this is what he needs in his life and he will become a better person/man for it, but it doesn't make me fell any better right now. He has never been one to pass on answers very well so I am so scared I will miss something. I am so glad I found this website, even though I only found it yesterday. Boy do I wish I had found it earlier, it would have helped so much!

How soon do we get his address and how does he give it to us?



You will receive his address in the form letter in about 10 days--more or less.

Arrival and What Happens at the RTC (clickable link) within Boot Camp Moms (and loved ones) will let you know what is happening and what to expect. I invite you to join that group while you are there and to check out the other Pages (found under the pictures of the Members) as well.


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