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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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My son is due to leave next wednesday. I understand, that he will stay in a hotel the night before then he will leave next day after being sworn in. Do we take him to recruiter office on tuesday or will recruiter pick up? Havent had any communication from recruiters only they gave a certificate for completing his d.e.p. Thank you, anything would help!

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Your future Sailor will need to check with the recruiter to see how it will work in his situation.  Some recruiters pick up the future Sailors and others meet at the recruiting office or other location.

Your son should find this out. No time like the pesent to start learning to follow instruction.

Don't know how far you live from MEPS, but you can go and watch your son being sworn in.  Some recruiters don't tell you that, but it is kinda neat.  You may have to sit and wait a while that morning as there are things your son will have to do, but once the swearing in is done, they are loaded up and taken to the airport.  All branches are sworn in at the same time.  Depending on how big your MEPS is, you may have quite a few..  Good luck.

Make sure you keep a copy of the certificate, just in case it gets lost from his files. You may need to take him in, although my recruiter offered to pick me up if I wanted. My parents dropped me off, and I went up to MEPS. From meps I had a bunch of paperwork and some information to get. Afterwards, they give you a money voucher for food and you can eat in the hotel restaurant. I met several other people while I ate, and had company. Afterwards they warned us that the next day we would be up for 24+ hours so I went and got plenty of sleep. We had a wake up call in the morning and off we went to our flight.

They take you to bootcamp in the dark, so you aren't really aware of what is going on. The first thing that will happen is that they line them up and get rid of anything that they shouldn't have in the first place. The first day is a blur. You get haircuts, uniforms, paperwork, send stuff home (for those that tried to be sneaky). We had one girl show up with fake hair, we watched her cry as they cut if off and made her pull every braid out. I honestly can't remember if I got a phone call. I think we did, because I remember a lot of people couldn't get ahold of their families and  they had to hope their famlies got the messages.

You don't sleep at all the first night, and I remember at 3 am they made us march around and drink water until we could do a urinalysis. Eventually they sorted out those who could sing, play an instrument, or had drill experience. And then we were all taken to our assigned divisions.

We brought our son to the recruiters office and then they took him from there to a hotel for the night then he flew out the next day. I went down to ask all  kinds of questions to my sons recruiter it made me feel better hearing and getting the info from the recruiter because I have heard so many different stories. They were very nice to me and appeared to be honest and helpful.


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