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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.


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Our second son to join the Navy arrived in Great Lakes today.  Anyone else out there with the same situation?  Thanks!

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Yes Mine arrived Monday Great Lakes.
Mine left on monday too.
My son arrived in Great Lakes early this morning after a nightmare with the travel arrangements... flight cancelled, flight delayed. I got the 5 second call at 3:30am.
Awesome! Are you newbies? Our first son's PIR was Dec. 5, 2008. Here we go again....
Momof5--I'm a mom of 7! Nice to "meet" you! :)
Hi Elaine. So you have experience with all this. I'm definitely a newby.
Yep--first Navy son started the whole boot camp thing back in October, 2008. He's doing very well now; there is life on the other side of boot camp.

Have to warn you--getting "the box" feels kinda' strange. Be prepared for that.
Son was in boot camp in oct 2007.. LOL yes "The Box" was quite different..
My son arrived at boot camp yesterday, we got a call from him last night at midnight to let us know he was ok and there, he seemed to be very excited!!
Hi there... my son arrived about the same time yours did. I just received his box yesterday. Funny... no clothes were in it. I haven't received an address for him either and I'm feeling a bit peevish.

Have you heard when PIR for this group is?

Hopw you are doing well.
My daugter left yesterday, I got the call around 8:30pm..I find myself looking at the clock and wondering what she is doing at that moment...So many different emotions right now I feel like I'm on a rollercoaster!
My daughter just left the 3/23. What is she going in as? I do the same thing...wonder what she's's really hard. I AM on a rollercoaster of emotions! Thanks for adding me! maybe we'll see each other at graduation! LOL Glad I found you!
My son arrived on the 23rd. Roller coaster is the best way to describe this experience, I got my box on Friday I don't think there has been an worse a moment as a parent than when I opened that box. Do you know where your daughter is yet? my son is in ship 14 division 189,


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