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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

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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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Hello, my son has been away at boot for almost 3 weeks now, and still no actual letter. How much longer is it before he can write? I really miss him, and stressing out over, not knowing how he is!

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Thank you do much for the help! How do you get our home phone to connect to our cells? I'm afraid I'll miss his call!!

Usually, they can start writing letters right away. It's more a question of, will they? My son only sent back the questionaires I sent to him with self addressed envelopes. Keep writing him though as they do get regular mail call. Just remember to number the envelopes.

There is a good chance you will get a phone call from him around the end of week three.

Thank you all for the information, it's a great help for a newbie navy mom like me! God Bless!

Lorie....have you gotten the form letter with the PIR date? If so, join the PIR group...lots of info and support

What is the PIR letter?

The form letter is the letter with his address and PIR date. 

My son left march 1. We got a hand written letter Monday. Then yesterday we got a 5 min call. He did tell us he has not written
Again because his Sunday's are very busy. He is religious petty officer.
I got my call forwarding set up! But I was wondering? Is there a specific day of the week, that he may call? I do not want to miss it! Even if I'm at work, I'll take the call!

calls come at any time. There is nothing set in stone

Well I thought for sure by now I would have heard something also, yes I got the form letter which had a quick note on the back. My husband went in the AF about 8 yrs ago, yes there is an age difference plus he went in the last year he could, and he called every week and wrote letters. I think with everything I have read Navy is a little stricter than AF. I know he is fine but I would like a letter or call.

There are days I really miss him so that is when I write an extra letter like I am talking to him. But May 4th is coming sooner than it was when he left Mar 12 thats for sure!


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