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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).  


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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I can't believe it's just about here.  I'm learning so much from this site and am looking forward to the support offered here.

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That makes 2 of us, I'm so scared for her!

Spending our last night together watching the Cowboy game.  Mary, my son has the same emotions, as do I.  He's got his boxes packed for us to ship to him in Charleston in March.  Doreen, that's our plan too.  Can't wait. We drop him off at the recruiter's at 2:45 tomorrow, then will go see him sworn in on Tuesday (don't know the time yet).

That makes 2 of us, I'm so scared for her!

here is a good group for info and support for you January DEPers

We are doing the same watching the Cowboys. My daughter had her long beautiful hair cut off today, wow, what a reality check that was for both of us.

This is our last day.  My son wants to go to a movie, so we are going to do that today.  We live in the Chicago area so we will be able to see him Tuesday night at the hotel after checking in.  Then he spends the day at O'Hare airport on Wednesday while the other recruits arrive from around the country.  We should get the phone call from Great Lakes early Thursday morning.  I will have to remember to bring my cellphone to my bedroom.  I am dreading tomorrow.  How will I be able to handle this while trying to work?

Just keep breathing, it is the best you can do.

We will follow my daughter to Albuquerque tomorrow, have dinner with her tomorrow night. Wednesday we will watch her be sworn in and then say good bye at the airport. To be perfectly honest I am not sure I am going to get through this. I am beginning to believe this is more then either of us can handle.
Julie, how are you doing? Hanging in there? are not alone. 

Mary - you are not alone, either.  He has a friend coming over in an hour to say goodbye along with his mom.  Not sure if I will get through this without crying.  I am trying to save it for the morning while I drive to work.

I know I will be better on Friday.  I just have to get through the next few days.  The easier part for me is that he will only be an hour away.  You have it harder with being in another state far away.  Have a good night!


My son was sworn in this morning, we were there. Lots of tired looking kids. He said he would call (he has his phone) to let me know what time he takes off.


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