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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).  


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**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 ladies  :) So i was just wondering what your thoughts on housing was everyone i have talked to has told me that on base would b best but my hubby's got ppl saying we should do off base housing that its better..  so what are your thoughts ladies?! we've got just about a month and a half until we move... anything would help  :) thanks

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Hey there,just thought I would comment on here,I moved to SD this summer also so please don't hesitate to ask me any questions you might have :)
Thanks for adding me :) im sure i will have lots of questions once we get there since its our first place and more than likely he wont b able to stay very long so there's gonna b alot i have to just figure out.. did u guys do on base housing? we have been looking at off base stuff that's looking like it carries the same benefits of being on base just a lil further away like the chula vista area?(i think that's what its called lol)
We are in base housing,but it isn't on base.We are in the Santo Terrace/Murphy Canyon area it is about 15mins north of the base.I think there is only a small amount of housing actually on the base and that is reserved for...I don't know who lol.So fa this is the only housing area I have seen,aside from the photos online.But we really like it,this area was recommended to us but a family we met when we were in VA.

well I'm not sure my daughter is single but commited in a relationship so she likes to cook for him and herself, so she wants to get her on apartment off base when she gets back from deployment, so I dont know wat would be good for u all but my daughter says u cant cook in the places on base but housing for a married couple may be different.

Yeah, most barracks for single sailors have only a communal kitchen if that.  Family Housing has kitchens.  If she's a single sailor over E4 and wants to live with her partner an apartment off base is the best route!

That's the only route for unmarried sailors. However, if she is an E-4 with under four years of service, she might not get permission to live offbase. She could if she wanted, but the Navy would not provide a housing allowance to her.  She should ask, as some of the ships allow some of their sailors to live ashore.  There is no barracks which allow partners to live with the sailor.  There are a few apartment-like barracks now in some locations with communal kitchens, however, the visitor rules wouldn't allow him to live with her.


Maybe he could get a job to pay for an apartment.

With on base housing they take all of the housing allowance, and they do inspections regularly.  You can usually find a place off base for a better price and not have to worry about your personall space being invaded


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