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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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Hi! I am quite new to this site and trying to read through the various discussions, but I have not yet found specific information. My son is scheduled to meet with a recruiter this Wed. 12/29 to sign a "temporary" contract to see if he likes the Navy. My husband and I, much to my son's chagrin, would like to participate in this recruiting process to ask questions, etc. Is it protocol to invite a recruiter into our home? My son (20 almost 21)is extremely independent and wants to make these decisions on his own, but we are so apprehensive about the terms of the contract. What questions should he be asking? What should he look for in this contract? Please, please help...and thank you in advance.

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There are a large number that do not finish BUDS training, which comes after bootcamp, so they graduate from bootcamp but maybe not BUDS. 'if they drop out of BUDS ( I believe that is called DOR) then they just choose another Navy job. Most go into SWCC or EOD which are other Spec Op jobs with lower requirements then SEALs. If your son is anything like mine they won't even discuss this as an option which is the mind set they have to have to pass BUDS. If you haven't yet, google BUDS training and you can see what it will be like.
There are some pretty neat videos on Utube showing BUDS training. I have a lot of respect for those Sailors.
It was so kind of you all to respond. I apppreciate all the kind words of wisdom and advice. I know Sept. 8th when we see our son off to the Seals training will be a test of our faith.

FYI Matt's mom, if you are going to continue on here, you need to not use your son's name.  Especially if he is going into Spec Ops.  This can be crucial to him and his unit.  Change your screen name to something else that does not reflect his name, and refer to him as your recruit, or your sailor only.  If you google your screen name above, you will see that each item you have posted is there for the world to see.


Good luck and he is in my prayers.

Thank you so much.


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