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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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DO be smart, use your head, always think OPSEC when using texts, email, phone, and social media, and watch this video: "Importance of Navy OPSEC."


**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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Just drop my son off for boot camp. I had no idea it was going to be this hard to let go. I think a big piece of my heart stayed with him! I cannot control my emotions right now. Praying these few months go by fast and can wait for Graduation in Great Lakes in Sept!

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It sure does hurt.  My son arrived at boot camp on July 1st.  My first son went to boot camp in July 2011 and is now a submariner.  It was almost harder on me the second time.  I really thought it would be easier, but it wasn't.  

I find that writing letters to my son right away helps.  It's almost like a journal of home life.  All the mundane every day things we do.  I always end the letters with something I would say to him before he left for school in the morning or before he went to bed at night.  As soon as we get his form letter with his address etc... we'll mail them all and he'll have a bunch of letters all at once.  ;)   I make sure to keep it positive though.  I think the letter I'm writing know describes how the blasted chicken pooped all over our back porch while we were up visiting my Mom over the Holiday weekend.  It should make him laugh.

Oh and be sure to just go ahead and cry your heart out, after a while it get's easier to bear and you don't cry as much.  

Good job Mom, you raised a future sailor.  :)  

Mine left yesterday talked a coupletimes yeah it sure does hurt staying positive for him, gone to the bathroom couple times and cried my eyes out can there posiibly be anymore tears up there? Waiting for his arrival today in GreatLakes and wish him well. Dear God help me through this.

Join DEP-Leavin for bootcamp in July. You will meet others with loved ones leaving this week who may be in the same TG and have PIR together. I left other info for you on your My Page.

My bby left tuesday i feel exactly what u feel so sorry..praying for ur family

My son graduated on 7/11 when you see your sailor on graduation day,your sadness will turn into tears of joy. Write often,try doing the trivia questions on the RTC website and maybe you will get a chance to see his division photo. Stay positive and remember you raise a future sailor.

Just cut the strings.  Yep.

Just hang in there.

I understand how you feel right son left a week ago and all I do is cry.....but we as mom have to be strong......
Our oldest left Wednesday... He is the oldest of 7. I thought I was ready but find my self still tearing up wondering what he is doing, what new things he is doing, and wanting badly to just hear his voice.... This is reeeeaaallllly tough

Well, tomorrow will mark three weeks to the day that my son not only turned 19, but I also dropped him at the hotel and said good bye.  That was the most horrible day ever. I don't ever want to relive it.  I miss the man like crazy! He was my best pal and here ever day.  However... life goes on and seems like it's going quicker than I anticipated.  I hope to get a letter from him soon.  I write every day, just as Erinaday says... write about whats going on at and around home, in town, etc.... funny things you see, think of, etc... kind of dinner table chit chat.  I write daily so he won't miss a mail call. :)

Stay strong Mama,  I am right there with you.  My son shipped this past Wednesday and a commercial made me cry!!  lol  Big hugs to you

Was it the Guiness commerical?  My ships on Wednesday, and when I saw that commerical this weekend, I completely lost it! 

Best of luck to you and your son. 


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