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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

...and visit - America's Navy and also Navy Live - The Official Blog of the Navy to learn more.

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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 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).  

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.


RTC Graduation

**UPDATE 6/23/2022 - MASK MANDATE IS LIFTED -  Vaccinations still 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.

Please see changes to attending PIR in the PAGES column. The PAGES are located under the member icons on the right side.

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Submarine moms are special:

 --- All of us have boys, "SAILORS!"

 --- Who serve on "boats,"

 --- With whereabouts unknown, and

 --- We only get sporadic, short emails while they're out!


Tell us where your sailor serves...

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Hi Sherry,
My son is on the USS Pennsylvania blue crew also. He is a sonar tech (or at least training to be). He has already gone out once.
We live an hour south of Portland, Oregon, so we are about a 5 hour drive to see him. He was able to come home for 3 weeks and drove himself down and back.
It is great to be so close.
He requested Bangor to be close to home for a while. Since he did so well on his tests, he was one of the first to request his location.
We are a close knit family and one of the hardest things for him is hearing about family activities and not being able to be here. He wants to know in detail what everyone is up to. When he had his last trip home, it was long enough to spend time with all of his friends and family. He was able to see one of his sisters play her Lacrosse games before the season ended and see his other sister's choir concert.
you are very lucky and so is he... I think ,, but there will be some point in time when he will have to be away and sometimes it is better to get used to it as soon as possible.. My son is an officer and has been away from his family, wife and 5 kids, for most of the yr... he flies home for a week or so every few mos. but not the same.. he will be coming home for a couple of weeks soon and then gone for 6 mos.. that is the military life.. just think of the poor families that are having to deal with being in the Middle East for many tours.... over and over... so you and he are quite lucky
Diane A
6 months.......oh that is just going to be so hard.....
Enjoy the close proximity. We live in Alabama and our son serves on the USS Alabama. Miles of separation can make staying close difficult. Take advantage of those opportunities to visit and don't pass one up. Have a blessed day, "Bama's" mom.
Hi Melinda~ my son is finishing his last WestPac and is up for shore duty. If shore duty lasts 31/2 years or so, what's next if he stays in?
My son has gone back and forth between shore duty and submarine duty. He has been on 3 different subs in his 15 years. Right now he is on the Pennsylvania. He made Chief last year which was a big deal because he missed almost a year because he had disc replacement surgery on his back and was on limited duty while he healed. He was so excited to be cleared medically so he could get back on a sub. Your son's options will probably depend on his rate and the "needs of the Navy".
Our son is a NUKE on the Pennsylvania - blue crew. He has been in six years this November. I wonder if they are serving toether. I am very new to all of this - even though he has been in so long. Any help and friend would be a great blessing! Susan
My son, Andrew, is on your son's sub, USS Pennsylvania-Gold crew in communications. He's been there about 2 yrs. now and it's his 1st. sub. He likes it in WA & I'm hoping to finally getting up there for a visit in 2009. We're originally from MI, so he's enjoying the climate & scenery. His younger brother and I live in southern CA. I just discovered this site by accident and I'm thrilled. I wish I knew about this in the beginning when I had a zillion questions. It's been strange not knowing any other navy moms, let alone sub moms! I'm so glad to find you! Hope to talk again. Starla
Where in Southern California? My son is up in Bangor on the Alabama. I'm in Ventura County.
Hey Melinda
My son just finished his first tour on the Pennsylvania as an MT. I bet your took care of mine! Gold or Blue?
Patrick, my son, is gold.
He has not told me which crew he is on...I will see if I can find out. I do know the submariners are a close group. When I went to the ceremony for his Chief pinning, all the guys were very warm and friendly.
My son is on the USS PENNSYLVANIA. He is fire tech. he has been in for almost two years. This is Josh's first sub.


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