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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).  Still limited to 2 guests maximum.

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Comment by JessicaB-Sailor Mom on May 27, 2011 at 6:02am

As far as the first call...they are NOT guaranteed to call. Most get 3 calls: the "I'm here" call, the "I'm still alive" call (3 weeks) and the "I'm a Sailor" call (after Battlestations)...some only get the last one, some get all, some get more....depends on the division, RDC and the rct.
Watch for the 847 area code and the id is usually payphone...occ it is withheld or restricted.
Sometimes they get a quick info call the first week or two...the id is US Government then.
They all need calling eats up 30 minutes to just make a call from a they need a bunch of minutes. They can buy calling cards at the NEX. If you send them one ...make sure it is activated first (saves time)
When you get your first call DO YOUR BEST NOT TO CRY…your rct will be emotional and most likely will be tearful and if they’re not, they will be if you are and then you’ll waste valuable talking time crying.
Let them talk…they don’t get to talk much at boot camp, have questions and a pen and paper by the phone to jot down what they say. When they call and you hear their sweet voice…everything you wanted to ask will go out of your mind.
If they are upset..just reassure them, let them know that it will get better, it is only a few weeks and after boot camp it is MUCH better. Tell them you love them, yes you do miss them but are looking SO forward to seeing them march through those doors at PIR.
Then, hang up and come on here and cry and shout and be happy that you heard from your rct !!!
In the Navy, "no news is good news." They are allowed to contact you almost immediately if something goes wrong, and if they cannot, the Navy does. It was just over five weeks from the time my son left home and his first call, four weeks is typical.

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Do you know if they get to call on holidays? Like tomorrow for Thanksgiving????

Welllll...don't count on it. There are almost 4000 recruits at RTC at a time! No way they could all make it to the pay phones. The RDC's have to schedule the time to use them, they have to march over and then they call, then march back. It's a good half hour or more march. They will be on Holiday routine fo about five hours, then their regular day (no class time) so that leaves little time for the phones. If it were to happen ( and from what I read it is VERY rare...if ever) it would be a complete surprise.

Soory, dear!

okay thanks. I knew it was a long shot but doesn't hurt to ask lol

I just got a call also, not all Divisions got to call My Daughter is in ship 02 div 909 , I was so suprised when my phone rang, but it made me the happiest Mom ever.


My son is also in this division. I also got the 30  minute call today. It was awesome. It truely made my day I feel like I am on cloud 9.

I guess if I were getting a call I would have already gotten it. :'( Hopefully I will get a looooong letter from him next week.

I got a phone call today! My love is 2/909 as well!  So happy. God is so good! So happy!!!!


I don't know my sons PIR yet? His first day was 11/22 do you think it will be this date or later?

It depends on what DIV he got in. Do you have contact with his recruiter? If so call him/her and ask them to give you his DIV number.

I'm so glad to hear some of you got calls, we didn't get one from my boy.
I'm really hoping for Christmas, though~
I can't wait to finally hear from him.


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