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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

...and visit - America's Navy and also Navy Live - The Official Blog of the Navy to learn more.

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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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my daughter left today 12/12 for boot camp in great lakes  she is 21 years old but i feel lost without her already. it just feels so different then when she went away for college.i know there are many people that go through this everyday. its just so hard for me, i work with two people who have had their young men go away and i really dont think they felt the way im feeling. Im told by some of my family members that i need to grow up. she is a adult and this is the life she has chosen. i think its more that im not gonna be able to talk to her when i want to, and have her come home for those special occasions. when something does bother her i want to know that and be able to help her through those times and im not gonna be able to do that all the time. i do know i have to loosen those aprons strings but boy it sure is hard. as im writing this she is sitting at ther airport in harrisburg pa....plane leaves at 5:20 will arrive in chicago and from there take a bus to great lakes. the time zone is different there, she said it will be about 10:30 their time when she calls so i will make sure im up at 11:30 our time (new york). i will make sure i dont fall asleep at 9:00 tonight. i would love to hear from any mother whose child has left today for great lakes, im just curious how many mothers children may be with mine and from anyone that might beable to let me know that im not inmature about this in general. im very proud in the choice she has made to serve our country, its just gonna take a little bit of time to adjust to it.

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It would be great if this site could be private, but it isn't.  Just be a little cautious.  Really, someone was talking about breaking some specific rules to see her SR over the holidays, and the posts got forwarded to RTC, and the loopholes were looked at very carefully.  

But it isn't feasible for the site to verify who is the relative or loved one of a sailor without some serious financial investment and privacy invasion, so it becomes important for each of us as individuals to safeguard our sailors in all ways.  From minor stuff like an infraction of the rules to major stuff like ship movements (later on, of course!)  No one means to make mistakes, so just do your best.

 In a way, we are in Boot Camp here!  Learning new things, I joined because so much has changed and I wanted to support my nephew and my acquired kids as best as possible.  

I was a sailor, had this stuff drilled into my head.  The anti-espionage stuff was scary enough when I was in, the new anti-terrorism training is heart stopping.  Not to mention fraud, the stuff ladies post here is just amazingly trusting!

My son was supposed to leave on the 12th. His flight was cancelled due to weather and left on the 13th. He arrived late on the 13th and he and another recruit were the only two that were picked up by the bus. Never got "the call" that night. He did call the following day around noon and said " I made it, my things will come in a box, I love you, goodbye and hung up. My son just turned 22 and is the youngest of 3. I do know how you feel, you are right they are adults but somehow it still seems hard.

annemaria here is the link to what MAY be your PIR group. Your recruit may graduate a week later....if so just leave this group and join (or form) the next one. Lots of info and support in the group...just read the discussions for info.

My daughter left Jan.17th. Anyone else leave on that date.  Does everyone go to the same place for bootcamp?

My daughter got to the GL on Tuesday night......been two days now.....miss her. Hope your okay and sure your daughter did and is doing great. God bless.

My daughter left on 1/24/12 for Boot Camp and I miss her so much it makes my heart hurt!!  I am so glad to see that I am not alone in how very much I miss her.  This has been my daughter's dream since she was 9 years old and I have ALWAYS supported it - it's just so hard to deal with the fact that I have NO idea if she is doing okay)0:  I know in time (over the weeks) I may adjust, but right now, I just can't make my mind and my heart stop missing her.

My son left on the 24th also! I am so happy for him and am such a proud mama. I jus.t have all these other feelings also. Missing him, worried for him, etc. So I'm right there with ya. It feels like I'm going through it with him, only I'm not there. . . .It will get better, I know

My son is on Ship 12 Division 098. . .Any others out there?

I would like to add that I have spent A LOT of time on this website (it is a total Godsend!!) and the Navy's website learning about Boot Camp.  It has made me feel a little closer to her right now because I feel like I know a little more about what her daily life is like in GL and it is not such a mystery.

I know just how you feel, my daughter left 12/11 for boot camp in Great lakes also, and you are feeling quiet normal. I feel much like you even though I have three other daughters at home with me, not having that one makes all the difference in the world. Matter of fact she will be graduating tomorrow...So keep your head up...I hear it gets better after boot camp.

LorriBickers CONGRATS and here is the link to your PIR group Also search groups for your dtrs A school and job.

Well my son left on Sunday for bootcamp, I haven't gotten a call. I knew from my uncle that was there at MEPS when he got officially sworn in. I hope he gets to call me soon, or get his box of clothes soon.


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