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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)

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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 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).  

Specific information on this policy change will be provided in the coming days and weeks.

We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience and appreciate your support.


RTC Graduation

**UPDATE 6/23/2022 - MASK MANDATE IS LIFTED -  Vaccinations still required


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Do you think it's ok for the recruit to cry when its time for them to ship out for basic training?

I have a feeling I might start crying when I say goodbye to my parents on the day I ship out. Not because of regret but because I'm the only child leaving the nest, and sad to say goodbye to my parents. I never did regret enlisting. But I will miss them and my house. 

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You will,my daughter did but I think that was due to me crying...not big bucket loads,but enough to get her emotional.It's natural and I'm sure the recruiters have seen it tons of times.We saw her in the recruiters car 5mins later and she was fine :) Good Luck on your journey to become a US sailor.

My sailor was a 22 year old GUY and he made me leave MEPS before he left to get on the shuttle to the airport so that he wouldn't see my face (or my DIL) his chin was quivering as he went to the restroom while we left.


Recruiters have seen it before, no reason to be embarrassed.  My son was also tearful when he called me after Battle Stations.

Don't say "Goodbye" say, "I love you. I appreciate what great parents you have been. I am going to have a good future. I'll writ as soon as I can. I'll call as soon as I can. See you at PIR." and smile. It's going to be a wonderful day - it's your first step to independence and being your own person. Good luck. I know you'll do well.
There is nothing wrong with crying when you say goodbye.  My son just left yesterday morning.  I was at his swearing in and he had tears in his eyes and his eyes were red.  There were tons on kids leaving and he was not the only one who was emotional. 
Always rember that there are Tears of Joy, Tears of Pain, Tears of Love, Regret and Shame. With every one of these Tears we shed we can be thankful for they have enabled us to have Tears of Strength that fall when we walk towards one of lifes crossroads.


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