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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.


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.

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My son is being deployed soon and I want to send boxes to him. How soon do you send the boxes and how often do you send them. I'm not sure how long it will take for him to get my boxes so I didn't know if you need to send several boxes at a time or every other week?? I need advise from someone that has already done this. Any information you can give me will be helpful and thank you in advance. Also I have been collecting different kinds of food, are there any suggestions on what to send? I know they are n limited on space. One thing he has requested was sunflower seeds. He said it helps them stay awake.

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You can send boxes as often as you want. there may be times while hes out that the mail is very slow, so if you send things with an expiration date, it may not be there on time.It can take anywhere from 7 days to 5 weeks, there is no definite time frame. Just remember to pack food in seperate boxe from hygiene items, the food picks up the scents. My daughter loved lots of things I sent. Drink mixes to go in water bottles are the best, anything they can store easily, like the tuna with crackers, packs of microwave popcorn, nuts, anything small and easy. One thing she said and it really surprised me was juice boxes...she said everyone was trying to "steal" hers when she got them. they are easy to pack too. Be sure to double bag anything that has the potential to leak. Have fun there is tons of info on this site for ideas for boxes.
Whatever he wanted he got is what i have sent. Dollar store is great sent out pudding and jello cups movie box size candies drink mixes and etc.  you can go to and order military flat rate boxes and dont forget the cutsom forms they are delivered to your door.
Judy is right. Go to the USPS website and order the "military pack." They'll send you special boxes, tape and customs forms. All for free. They can be as heavy as you want and they'll be $2 cheaper to mail than the regular flat rate boxes. My son asked for "good" coffee, instant oatmeal, jerky (lots of jerky...very popular for some reason). Snacky stuff, wasabi peas, rice crackers, (he has strange tastes). Nothing perishable as no telling how long it'll take to reach him. Nothing breakable and anything liquid (like little coffee creamers) should be double plastic bagged (I found that out the hard way). I sent a package a month because he was also getting packages from other family members. One reached him in a week, others took 3-4 weeks, you never know. As I packed each box I wrote down the contents on a pad with the price. You'll need that info for the customs forms, and I put a copy of the contents inside the box too so he'd know what was supposed to be in there. Don't send anything expensive (like cameras etc) as boxes have been known to get dropped into the ocean.
Well I sent my first box today and it was full of snacks. I hope he like them. My son loves banana laffy taffy. I order a box at a time from our little neighborhood grocery store. He love them. Now I hope they dont melt too much. They might be soft but they are individually wrapped so they should be ok. Now I'm starting the box for deodorant, soap and etc. Anybody got any ideas for extra stuff in that box?? I want to mail it next week so I need to think of things quickly. Thanks everybody for help and ideas on what to pack!
new issue magazines of things he likes, hunting, fishing sports, cars, you can even send Maxim, game books, puzzles, cards, games. Extra socks, towels that smell like home rather than the ship smell. same goes for tshirts. foot powder, body powder, just about anything.
Sent my first box yesterday. I sent jerky, little smokies, mementos, sunflower seeds, and banana laffy taffy which he loves! I also send extra baggies so that he can keep the sunflower seeds in them cause I bought the big bags. He said the sunflower seeds keeps them awake when they need to be alert. I put everything in gallon baggies and wrapped them individually. The box was almost 10 pounds and I couldn't believe it was that heavy. Now the box I'm starting on is for soap and deodorant with magazines in with it too. I am going to send baby wipes just in case he needs them. Does anybody have anymore suggestions for this box?? Thank you so much for all the information. It really helps and yesterday I called USPS for my military pack.
Jenmack is he deploying on a ship or afg?
Debby - he deployed on a ship. That was one of the saddest things I had to go thru was stand there and watch the ship leave, but I wouldn't wanted to be anywhere else but there. Now I cant wait until he comes home. I want to be there for that too!


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