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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).  


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**UPDATE 8/25/2022 - MASK MANDATE IS LIFTED.  Vaccinations still required.

**UPDATE 11/10/22 PIR - Vaccinations no longer required.


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Im a new navy mom who's son is in Div.039 as a recruit....Im in need of sooo much info & have NO idea where to turn! My son graduates Dec 28th I was told by ex-husband that since he was graduating at that time the navy was going to give him a pass till Jan 6th? then I was told we can only spend the weekend with him until Sunday Dec 30th? i just need to know how to confirm what is REALLY going to happen:( If anyone could point me in the right direction to find out thee exact story that is true, i would GREATLY APPRECIATE IT!!! Like this isnt frustrating & emotional i have this to be concerned about due the fact my ENTIRE family was planning on coming to Chicago for the weekend to see him!! OOH but it gets better! can ANYONE tell me what addres to write him, originally in the BOX the address was one thing , then my ex told me received a letter with a NEW but still similar one? i dont know what to believe or how to confirm where i need to be sending my letters to my son to:( ANY HELP again I would be SO greatful to whom ever could help! i thank you navy for moms for being a site that not only helps moms like me but is a great support system for ALL!!!



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Only way to confirm any of this is to write your recruit....even if the address is wrong it will get to him sooner or latter.  The forum letter is the one what has the correct address, not the box.

Regarding the "pass" yes recruits are allowed leave after that PIR...BUT the recruit will write the family and tell that that information.  The Navy doesn't pay for them to go home though, that is out of their own pocket, than they have to pay to get to their "A" School...if their "A" School is anywhere BUT Great Lakes...they fill out paper work when they get to "A" School to get part of the money back from their trip...BUT it is the goverment rate from Great Lakes to their "A" School.

Join the group, PIR 12/28/2012 TG 7 - 8 Divisions (039 - 044, 906 & 907), to connect with others with loved ones training with your SR.  Know that Divisions 039 and 040 are brother divisions and train together and will have Battle Stations-21 together, so look for others with loved ones in either division.  Perhaps someone on there has information about the holiday Leave for that PIR.  I have not seen anything posted about that date yet.  Since your ex got the form letter, do you know the names of the 4 people your SR plans to put on the Access List and the password to get the vehicle/gate pass if you plan to drive onto to RTC?  Write your SR if not and ask and you can ask him if he has heard anything about Leave for the Holiday Stand down at the "A" Schools.

Division 039 is on Ship 3, so based on, the address should be:


SHIP 03 DIV 039


GREAT LAKES IL 60088-3156

There should not have been an address in the box and yes, sometimes recruits will use an address that is slightly different from the one in the form letter, but letters will get to your recruit at either address.

You may also want to join, or at least check out, Boot Camp Moms, PIR Reference Information, and New Members Stop Here.

Where will he be going for "A" School and/or what will his rating (job) be?  There are groups on here for most of the ratings and/or "A" Schools.

(Group names and the link within this reply are clickable links.  To join a group, click on the group name and after the group page opens, click on “+ Join...” in the upper right.)


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