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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 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.


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Hi, I have a 21 year old daughter who leaves to Boot Camp in 21 days. I'm very nervous. She is going in as Gunners Mate. If anyone could give me information about this job it would be greatly appreciated. I'm so afraid she is going to hate it. I won't be there for the first time and i'm having a hard time letting go.

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Hi NavyMom1989 my daugther is in the Navy on the USS McCampbell, her job is a Gunner's Mate. I was nervous at first when she chose this job, it is a very difficult job, you have to be quick on your feet and able to think and apply fast solutions. During basic trainng she did not train for this job, it wasn't until she went to A school that she received the training she needed. It was hard at first for her but she never regretted this decision. A gunner's mate possess vast knowledge of all weapons and arming and disarming them at all facets. The school in my opionion was stressful but once she is done she will be happy she chose his job. My daugther is 18 so she is a little younger than yours which in my opinion wasn't a plus on her side. Your daugther is 21 and her years of experience and maturity will place her at ease during much of her training. I hope this helps, as I'm new to this site I will look forward to further conversations with you regarding our daughter's.
Thank You So Much! It's just hard, i never imaginedher playing with guns all day long. She is a dancer and has daed for most of her life, so this came as a shock whenshe told us she was going to do this. How was your daughters A school? What were her rules about liberty, cell phone, internet and study hours? Do you know?
Yes, tell me about it we were rather shocked with our daughter's decision as well. Her A school was ok, she earned overnight pass and as long as she didn't have to hold post or whatever they called it she was free, for example, many times liberty would get called around 5 or 6pm on Friday, if they have pass for the weekend she could come home until Sunday at 9pm. Many times she would have pass on Friday, but at 7am on Saturday she had to hold post, and she would be off on Sunday so she could not come home otherwise we would have to drive her an hour before she reported to post, or she would just stay on base for the weekend that she has to work. We lived about 45 mins or so from the Naval base in Great Lakes so it made it rather easy for us, and even if she didn't come home we would go there and stay with her for the day or overnight visit. She had her cell phone and they made plenty of time for studying, she never brought work home it was pretty much all done there. r u in chicago?
My son left to boot camp a week ago,and his PIR 8/13/10,He will be a Gunner Mate too, I was goggle some videos in youtube and I feelbetter about it!
Yes, my daguther is doing good she is in Japan now and on the USS McMcampbell and I can say she really likes this job. It was a little hard at first but she made it through. Good luck to your son and please keep me posted on how he is doing.
I understand where you are coiming from. My daughter is also going to be a Gunners Mate too and she is leaving in 8 days. Getting anxious and I don't understand what she is going to be doing either. Best to you and your family.
wow! my son left June 4th. PIR 7/30/10. After reading this, I just realized what my son had signed up for. I can't believe mine singed up to do this. He was never the kind of little boy who played with toy guns...Good luck to all of our boys/girls. I pray every night for all of them. i have a son in the army reserves waiting to find out if he deploys soon.


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