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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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Hello, my name is Joann. i just signed the papers a week ago to join the navy and i dont know what to expect now. can anyone help me out? i also wanted to know if i had to cut my hair for bootcamp. thank you! :)

i am willing to hear from all

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I hate to say it but the hair has to go, very short. my tip is to start cutting it know a little at a time so its not such a big change. my daughter had to do the same thing in Nov. and it was ruff for the first 30 minutes. after that she loved it. I took her to a very good hair dresser and he took care of her very well. she was happy with the out come. know until you get your ship date its a waiting game. we tried to get our daughter in shape, you can ask your recruiter what you need to be doing at what time period in boot camp. they should be able to give that to you. spend a lot of time with family, friends come and go, especially when you really know the depth of friendship is in boot camp with your navy family. its a hole new concept of what a  friend is.

she graduating on 10-70-11 and she has seen a lot of people leave because they can not handle it. In her word "Its not as hard as every body said it would be", we tried to do everything we could to get her ready, check every thing you can about navy boot camp, learn how to do drill. that's a big thing. last thing don't let the your drill Sargent get to you, just remember its their job to make you the best you can be. good luck to you and thank you for your choice to serve.

thank you very much!
The best of luck to you!  Everyone has given you great advice!  My daughter just went in BC and is in her 2nd week.  We have yet to hear from her besides the 20sec phone call.  We also cut her hair short.  We went way short in the back and longer inthe front, so hopefully she can pull it back later.  They might cut it again if it starts to touch her collar while in BC.  My daughter is going into the Advanced Electronics division.  But she also knew basic names for tools and common sense things that some applicants get wrong.  I think she knew more than most girls, so it's always good to know what certain tools are for because that all bumps up your score.  They kept telling her she was an "intelligent female"!  She loved that.  ha ha  Keep us informed on your progress!!
Hi Joann.  My name is Tim.  I was in the Navy for 9 years.  You dont have to cut your hair for basic training, they will do that for you within the first few days of being there.  I do want to warn you though, you wont get much sleep while you are in basic, especially the first few days.  If you play an instrument or were in a quire of some sorts I urge you to ask about a "900" division during the time that they are seperating everyone into different divisions.  900 divisions are preforming divisions and tend to get treated better.  After basic things start to slow down a little.  You wont have people yelling at you or tearing your bed linens off just because you didnt make the bed right.  Most of all, follow all the rules.  They may seem a bit extensive but there is a reason for each and every one of them.  The main purpouse of basic training and the subsequent schools afterwards are to, not only teach your about the job you will be doin in the Navy, but also to instill teamwork.  Good luck, many blessings, and thank you for deciding to serve your country.
Yeah,  I didnt think about the "guys" perspective.  Listen to Emma concerning your hair cut. 


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