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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)

Boot Camp: Behind the Scenes at RTC

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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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First, I would like to say "hello" to my newfound family! My sailor has been gone for 3 weeks, and I think I may have cried at least 1 1/2 weeks out of that time. I know it sounds pitiful; but this is the first time that I have been away from her! I cant call, text or get to her like usual!! Please tell me how u moms get through these times? I know to think about the positive and fun times, I do and that's what gets me...missing her smile and laugh!!! Help me..Lost mom!!

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It's very very hard when they first leave - you're right we have talked to them every day of their life since they were able to speak.  I know I cried and cried but stay on here and you will have so much support - so you're 1-1/2 weeks in that's good you should start receiving some letters and look for the 3 week phone call which usually comes on a Thursday in the late afternoon - look for the (847) area code.  Good luck to you, she's fine and remember "No News is good News"
Thank u soo much..I was hoping that someone would respond to my comment. I appreciate this..u have helped me along with this website it took me into the basic training facility and I got to see enough to make me feel a little better on what's ahead of her!! So im at ease for the time being!! Lol
This is great info on the area code & time/day for phone call! I would have never thought a Thursday afternoon.
Yes I received her Div and PIR date but will they give u the time and everything once the date gets closer? I also received" The box" which I had to pick up from fed ex and burst out crying when I realized what it was!! It was horrible!! I put all this extra energy in the gym and that u for ur advice!!

Dear Jrzizhme,

It is difficult to see them go off, especially if you're not sure what to expect. My son just graduated 7/1/2011 and I found that writing to him everyday, helped me get through...It was good to know that he would be encouraged by the letters and cards. When I got the first letter, I cried because I knew how special it was for him. He said all the letters and cards got him through! Don't ever think that it is pitiful to cry..YOU'RE a MOM! :) Be encouraged to know that your daughter is in good hands and is being well taken care off even though. You should be hearing from her in a week or so - Be Encouraged...

Oh, send your daughter alot of pictures from home. You will be SO SO proud when you see her and the beautiful young lady she will have become -

Hello Lovemynavyson,

Im so looking forward to seeing her in august!! She already told me that since she's in the military now she can't show any emotions!! I also cried when I got my first letter and can't wait to hear her voice when she calls!! Thank u for ur comment I really appreciate it!!
Best of wishes to you...It is so emotional to leave them go...especially BC!

I feel your pain!  My daughter left for boot camp in March and I thought I had lost a child.  It was awful, I sobbed and sobbed and sobbed!  It DOES get better... you are almost 1/2 way there...  I wrote and wrote and wrote her letters and lived for hers.  We went to PIR, saw her after grad. and then a little on Sat, she flew out Sat. morning... not much time at all. Now she is in A school and it is better, we can call and text.. but it's not the same... she's not here in our daily lives anymore.  :(  It is a process that you have to go through and it sucks.  But it is part of growing up, for them, and letting go, for us.  Just know each day does get better.... it is an adjustment and let yourself "grieve".... most won't understand what you are going through... but the ladies here will!  :)


Hi Jen

Its funny that u said u felt that way bcuz I thought it was something wrong with me bcuz I did feel like that!! She was my youngest of 3-18 yo, and I was distraught when she left!! But when she wrote me her first personal letter she told me that I gave her everything she needed to make it but it was time for her to spread her heart was heavy but I was proud of her and myself!! Do u know if the PIR is going to b in the morning? For plane tix purposes? Thank u so much for everything
PIR starts at 9AM... gates open up @6:30AM..   definitely get there the day before, so you can get to your hotel, rest some and do a "practice run" from the hotel to PIR.. you don't want to get lost or be figuring out how to get there in the AM.  We had a shuttle take us from the hotel to PIR.. it was GREAT!  We didn't have to worry about traffic, waiting in line.. it just dropped us off right at the gate.  I can give you the name of the guy we used.. he is GREAT!!  VERY informative and knows what's going on there at RTC.
Hi Jenn - When did your daughter graduate? July 1st? Where is she for A school?

My daughter grad. 5/6.. she was Div. 925! :)  I see your son is in the 900 div. also!  :)

She is in Virginia Beach, VA for A school.. Yea, she's having a real rough time there! LOL  She goes to the beach ALOT there on base!  She's enjoying school, tho it is demanding.  :)
Where is your son?

How was the 100th anniversary PIR?!?!!?  I would have LOVED to have been to that one! :)  LOTS of ppl. were there.. was it awesome?


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