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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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Always keep Navy Operations Security in mind.  In the Navy, it's essential to remember that "loose lips sink ships."  OPSEC is everyone's responsibility. 

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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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Good morning all!!

I'm new here :) Time is winding down and I feel like I'm loosing my mind!! lol all the last minute meetings, uugghh you name it!!  I'm so glad I was told about this site, hoping to get great support ove the next 5 yrs! :)



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You definitely need an attitude adjustment. (Tongue in cheek here). LOL (this stands for laugh out loud). Hahaha. OK. Well, do a pro/con on a piece of paper. Look at it a million times a day. Unless he has a fabulous job waiting for him or you have his college tuition in the kiddie, he is exactly where he should be.  Trust us, there are many, many who would love to trade places with him. Keep your fingers crossed that he doesn't get sent home because of one thing or another.  Some do get separated from Boot Camp. The very first one to leave the nest - keep praying that he'll succeed and stay away.  That way, it'll give the young ones the bright idea that they should do the same.  5 kids - one of them is bound to be a "real home body" and will cling on forever. Good luck to your son. Please thank him for us. Enjoy the four at home.

who needs a attitude adjustment? (lol)

It's so hard for some of our new moms who has never been thru letting a child leave the nest. But we have to keep reminding them that it's a good thing. It's A Good Thing. IT'S A GOOD THING. And to keep a sense of humor about this incredible journey. My sailor finished his commitment to the Navy last year. He is home working as a civilian and doing well.  Your journeys are just starting. Enjoy the ride. If you are so busy feeling the lost, you'll won't feel the wonderful gains your sons/daughters are making. 

Take care, everyone.


my son is the youngest of five lol and i understand i have not open my son  door since sunday! but i know in my heart he is doing what he wanted to do and trained for for 5 months so i feel he will put his all into it! as a mother we never want them to leave and want to make sure they have what they need and want but the best thing we can do for them is let them grow and be who they are and all they can be, we trained them for this day and they love us always. i tell my god to help me be strong  and help me not be selfless he gave me this son to do great things and he will we were there teachers now time to let them work! we will get through this and they will too! 

thats what I'm feeling, just emptiness.  Knowing she won't be 'home' for 5 yrs!! She's my only, we are very, very close.  I found a note in her romm for me & dad.  Prob read it tomorrow, my husband has to work late tonight. 

Today wasn't too bad, kept busy with spring cleaning.  I do find myself looking at the clock, wondering what she's doing.  Like now, are lights out or are they still training?  stuff like that :(

we are all doing the same i made spaghetti  tonight and my son loved that it was hard to eat looking at the clock wondering what he was doing? many want make it but can you imagine how they will feel if they don't! they want to succeed or they would not have went i hope all make it good luck to you moms i have been talking too!

no I can't imagine how they would feel if they didn't make it all the way thru!  I know it's happened!  My daughter will make it, she's strong and stubborn like dad, but def has moms soft heart lol I just can't wait to hug her!  lol

right there with you Vicki!!  I haven't done anything to her room yet.  going to move it upstairs like we planned before all of this came about.  but at the same time, will she ever come hm to live?? maybe for a short  period of time. uugghhh... :(

i think we should just wait a few days and then do something with there rooms i think we need to process what has happen then we can move forward they are working hard to make it and we are standing behind them saying yes you can so no hurry changing there rooms process then prepare to move things don't rush it!

i received my sons box today! wow that was fast i opened it and put it in his room i can not wait till i get the forum letter so i can write!

Really you got his box already!! That is WONDERFUL :-) I'm in MA maybe tomorrow, fingers crossed..

I got my box too :) how about you? any luck today?  doing alright?  I'm ok, still thinking about her morning, noon & night :)


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