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Link to Navy Speak - Navy Terms & Acronyms: Navy Speak

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.

Please see changes to attending PIR in the PAGES column. The PAGES are located under the member icons on the right side.

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Before joining the Navy my son was kind of on the shy side. He was interverted and played video games non-stop. When he spoke to people he mumbled, didn't look at them, and paced nervously. Once in a while he would go outside of himself and join things like the journalism group and the golf team, which would throw me back a little. I knew there was something in there. Then he told me he wanted to join the Navy; I thought good for him, that will give him some direction.
The Navy in 8 weeks did more than I thought. He now speaks clearly and looks a person in the eye. He stands still and pays attention to the speaker. He had manners before but now he has super-manners. They have taken my boy and turned him into a man. He loved boot camp; absolutely loved it. He has a certain glow about him. He has a real purpose in his life. He can't wait for his A school to start and then finish so he can be commissioned. He can't wait to get onto his first carrier. He is truly excited. I am excited for him. More importantly, I am so proud of him. He has worked so hard for this and wants to continue achieving. He has a real drive. This is something I have not seen in him before. Oh yes, the Navy has turned a boy into a man.

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Hi Lancrtrackmom - this is an old discussion from 2011 so the original poster might not still be around.  Come on over to the boot camp group and post there - I left you the link in the welcome message on your page ;-D

Thank you for sharing,

Your sons story is encouraging. My son left Yesterday, September 1st. The 11:30pm "I'm Here"  phone call was a hard one. I am excited watch his story unfold. The minutes have passed by slowly. I hope the weeks pass more quickly. 

My son left for boot camp yesterday and your post struck a cord. We have not yet received “I’m Here” call so I am aimlessly reading posts. Hearing such positive, compassionate comments about your young mens growth is really encouraging. They all made me smile. Just wanted to say thank you!

Saltybabe - This is an old post but I am glad that Kimberly Joy's post still touched your heart. 


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