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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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DO be smart, use your head, always think OPSEC when using texts, email, phone, and social media, and watch this video: "Importance of Navy OPSEC."

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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 8/25/2022 - MASK MANDATE IS LIFTED.  Vaccinations still 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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How many of you plan  on or have gone to graduation? It is a long distance for us , my husband has not flown since he was a teenager  and I'm not sure I could get him on a plane anyway!  We are from a small town  so  city traffic seems intimidating to me though my husband is a truck driver. (He HATES traffic,too)  Our son doesn't go to boot camp until Feb 23 ( his 21st birthday!) but I am trying to work this whole thing out in my head. I have look at airfare/hotel/car pkgs and about choked!

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I am from NY too. My daughter doesn't go to BC until April but we are looking at flying. 1 1/2 hours vs. 13+ hours. Not to mention gas, tolls, wear and tear and "no go this way" arguments! Amtrak is an interesting option...
WAell, got the first w2 today and it looks like Uncle Sam is going to get my trip to Chicago... :(
WOW!!! So sorry to hear that. Were waiting for ours as well. Hopefully we get something back. Be positive, hopefully something will come up.... :) We have to these are our children.

Please try!  Maybe open up a new credit card... lol!  I know you'll work it out, and as always, Pray!!!

Hello, I thought we were the only ones concerned about all the arrangements & airfare.  We live in California, so we can't drive and I really don't want to miss my Daughter's graduation for anything. So I feel your pain.  Anybody have any suggestions?
RissysMom...when is graduation?
I booked on Amtrak I am from NY. Round trip for 2 is about $300.00 It is way cheaper than flying.
Yeah, I checked that too but it is $112 each and 24 hours to get there...
WOW!!!! I thought 15 hrs was bad on a train. How many  are going???  Good Luck. Hope something works out.
Prob just me...we'll see...
My daughter graduated last April fortunately for us we only live 5 hours south of the Great Lakes so we were able to drive.  But now she is on her first deployment and schedule to be back in a few months.  We are going out to meet the ship when it comes back to San Diego.  I suggest you check all the airline site, and compare you might be able  to get a better deal if you try booking them as one way flights.  Continental had some go pricing never thought I could get a flight from St. Louis to San Diego for $83 one way but we did.  But you just need to look, you may have to catch a flight a day earlier than you plan to get a good price but it would be worth it.  When my daughter graduated from bootcamp we stayed at a hotel that was just off the base and it was fairly resoanable.  Hope this help.  Best of luck to you and your soon to be sailor.

I live in AZ and use a wheelchair,so travel for me is NOT easy . I used Southwest from PHX tto Midway(SWA doesn't fly O'Hare).

flight (4 people) $1200 (SWA)

vehicle (3days) $267 (Enterprise all wheel drive)

Ramada Inn (3days) $249 ($79/night)

BEST experience of my life (besides the day the child was born!)

Would I do it again and pay THAT price? Hell is totally a once in a lifetime deal! And NO...because I am disabled does NOT mean I have all kinds of exrtra money..I planned and saved.Sorry to sound snarky...but t CAN be done (:


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