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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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Thanks for the add here..I am a new Navy mom and my son is on the plane now leaving for Great Lakes..I am so overwhelmed with emotions but so so proud of him...Is there anyone else that has one leaving today...Any advice would greatly be appreciated

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Thank you Dee Dee..

Hi Tatbama. My son left on 1/25 so I'm right there with you sister. I was a total mess on Monday during swearing in but every day since seems to have gotten a little bit easier. I still can't go in his room quite yet. I'm really excited to hear when PIR is so i can start planning a fun weekend for me and my husband and his girlfriend. Hang in there....

Yes you are a few days ahead of me...Today seems to be a little better but just the wondering is starting to get me ...I know I can not wait to get the Box and letter so start planning also..I have already written a letter LOL...

Hi Tatbama,

My son left yesterday, the 27th for Great Lakes as well. I knew this day was coming, but it came so fast. Like you, I'm overwehlmed with emotions and very proud of my son. He is my youngest and it seems surreal that he is gone. I find myself wondering what he is doing right now. If he has received his uniform or if he has received his Navy haircut. I know it will get easier, but it's hard. 

My son left the 26th. Lots of wondering! I know he will be fine!
Terry- My son left for RTC on 1/26 also. Do you know what ship and division your son is in?

Hey Jennifer I have been thinking the same thing today also just wondering what he is doing..Thank goodness I am at school to keep me a little busy but still the emotions are still new... I am so glad to have someone that is going thur the same emotions as i am who knows our sons may have been on the same flight together I got my call about 830 last night and it was one of the hardest thing to hang up...So now just waiting on that BOX.....

My son called and my husband talked to him last night. It was after 9pm. Not sure how I'll react to the 'box', and seeing his clothes and phone. I'm sure it'll be another emotional day. 

I know the BOX they call it... It is gonna be hard unpacking seeing his clothes that he left in ... Today is a good day ... Glad to have another mom going thru the same

I agree with you about "the box" It seems so de-humanizing. But I guess that's the point. be strong :)

I am also new member and my son plans on going off to boot camp in the fall.I am not fully on board I still hope this is a phase but he graduates high school this May and he's been dreaming about the navy since the fifth grade I guess the reality is going to be clear to me this October .I will support him I'm sure of that.Any words of comfort is greatly appreciated.

Arrival and What Happens at the RTC within Boot Camp Moms (and loved ones) will let you know what is happening and what to expect.


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