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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 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).  Still limited to 2 guests maximum.

Specific information on this policy change will be provided in the coming days and weeks.

We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience and appreciate your support.


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**UPDATE 7/16/2021**




**UPDATE - 2020**

Due to COVID there is no public PIR. The graduations are on Thursday, and the video of the graduation is posted on RTC's FaceBook on Friday at approx 3pm. Please keep in mind that a division may need to complete additional quarantine during training which will delay their graduation.

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 daughter finished MEPS yesterday but there were no jobs. She told the liason that she was open to pretty much anything with the exception of Chef (she can't cook for anything, she even burns toast) and she didn't want to be in the boiler room. LOL. 


The job counselor was really nice and told her that because she was open, they would find her something quick. She was ready to ship out yesterday LOL. She is disappointed but I told her, the wait might be a good thing. 


Can anyone share information about the whole DEP thing. What's the average wait, etc. Anything you can offer is good.  Thanks! 



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Thank you SO much Emma! I will check out all of those links. :) 



When I click on Craig's site, it is telling me there is a virus on it. I'm not sure how to get in touch with him, but he may want to check and see if one of the plugins he is using is infected.
Hmmm. I may just have an oversensitive virus program. I'll try from a different computer.
I would have to say "What a blessing nothing was open." I believe taking any job would be disastrous at worst and boring at best. From being in your household, it would be hard to believe that you didn't foster a curiosity about many things. I would tell her to do her homework, do some research, talk to some people.
I'm sure she's anxious to get on with her life but being a DEPPER isn't a bad thing. It'll give her time to get into the best physical shape of her life. Bootcamp is so much easier if you don't have to play "catch-up" all the time. Most recruiters have classes she can take before she goes in so that she'll be more than ready when she gets there. The wait for jobs is longer nowadays because the Navy is overmanned, but if she does some research and figures out several areas of interest then she'll be ready when the call comes.
Thank you Chris, that is EXCELLENT advice, I am going to print this thread and share with her.


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