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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 son left for bootcamp on Wednesday and I've been crying off and on ever since.  I feel so lost not beling able to call him, FB him or contact hm in any way.  I never thought it would be this difficult.  I'm really struggling. I'm not worried about his safety, just feel so disconnected, like he's gone forever.  He is my firstborn too, maybe that's it?   I don't know, but he reached this milestone that I feel like I wasn't prepared for.  Anyone else feel like that?

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My Husband is Ship 02 Div 915 as well. No call or letter yet. I've heard some divisions are only able to mail letters out Sunday, so to check mail Wednesday's & Thursday's. I've been waiting to hear too! Good luck to you! :)

It just doesn't seem fair. They should all be treated the same. If one unit gets to call or write, then they all should. They should be able to mail letters home whenever they have time too, they should not be limited to one day. Good news is, tomorrow is Wednesday, let's hope we get a letter! My name is Lee Ann, and my daughter's name is Jaime. When your husband writes, ask him if he knows her. There is also a Jacob, and a girl named Cami on their ship too. I've been speaking with Cami's mom. She's from California. My daughter is just in Reserves, thank God, she'll be based in Buffalo, near home.

I am in the same exact boat, my friend. My son, first born whom I am very close with, left 12-2-11 and I have been struggling as well. It has been really hard for me to not be able to text him or call him. The night before he left he was up at midnight making mac and cheese and I harangued him for it. I went in the kitchen and said "what are you doing!" and he (with the awesome sense of humor he has and ability to always make me laugh) stuck his chest out at me in a mock intimidating manner and said, "mom, what are you doing!"....we laughed together for several minutes and the laughed about it again the next morning. When he left the recruiters office he couldn't even look me in the eye, I think he was afraid he would cry. I have been crying on and off since. I keep replaying that moment with him in my mind and it reminds me of why I am so sad. He isn't here to make me laugh, smile or even frustrate me. But then I juxtapose that with the pride I feel that he is off becoming a man. As I type this tears are flowing down my face. Just know you are NOT alone in your, what seems for now, emotional abyss. :(

I did today my son left and I have been crying so much. you are not alone

my daughter left a week ago and i still cry every single day at the drop of a hat. Im hoping it gets better once i hear from her or get that first letter :(


My son was supposed to call his little sister today at 4. He's in a hotel waiting for morning MEPS physical before he leaves for GL. I'm already mad at him!
Marlena!! I too have a son on ship 07, Div.078!! I just spoke with my son this past Saturday! Wht a coincidence!!

Ok, I haven't heard from my son since he got there on 1/4.. I am going crazy! I carry my phone around everywhere with me, I have rigged it up so that it hangs on my neck! Today is 2 weeks, does anyone else have this problem?

I know how you feel. I have been there. My oldest child and only son joined up. Came home and dropped it on me. It is hard because you suddenly realize that they aren't your baby anymore.....they now belong to the US Navy. Boot camp was hard but it does get better. I wrote a lot of upbeat letters full of news from home. He appreciated that even though I only got 1 from him. I started a scrap book of his Navy career. He will return next month from his first deployment. He has grown so much and I am so proud of the man he has become. You will feel the same way as time goes by, it is just hard right now. Hang in there and know that you aren't alone. 

Omg... I just read your post and it describes EXACTLY how i feel right now!!!! I mean EXACTLY!!! My daughter left for bootcamp last week Jan 10th too and I am just soooo lost without her! I still have 2 kids at home but the house feels sooo empty now. I know shes in good hands but it is just sooooo difficult not being able to hear from her. I know she cant call us for a while and its killing me. She is also my firstborn and my only girl..... so i think thats why im having such a hard time right now. It makes me feel a little better to know im not the only mom missing her kid like crazy. :(

Ughhhh so I went to MEPS this am to see my son sworn in (best feeling ever) and off at the airport(saddest feeling ever) only to get to the airport and find out him and 6 other recruits had itineraries for tomorrow NOT after preparing myself for his departure today I get to go back tomorrow and do it all over again...They were all disappointed as they were ready to go and excited...Glad I have one more night of communication with my son but bummed for them that they have to sit all day tomorrow before leaving....I am a big "mom puddle" as someone else said I am and will be praying for all the recent recruits to GL :-)

Ship 02, Div 915, has anyone gotten a call, or letter from this unit yet??? It's been almost 3 weeks, and nothing yet.


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