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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 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.


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


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My son left for bootcamp last week, Thursday, but due to weather conditions they did not arrive until Friday - I received his scripted phone call at about 3:45 pm on Friday. It's been a long weekend, missing him and can't wait to receive "The Box." Any suggestions on how to get through these next 8 weeks w/o being totally depressed?

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My daughter arrived 7-16. Her personal items came home yesterday, and I'm still "blue", but so proud at the same time. I YouTube what boot camp was like so I could get a feel for what was going on. Stay busy, mark that calender for the celebration. Soon we will be able to write. Maybe you can start now, I'm sure it will be a book like my first letter will be, ha~
Any word on the PIR date for your son. My son left on 16 July as well.

I received "The Box" yesterday, it was good to smell his scent and to see what items they made him return.  I have watched the you tube videos, Making a Sailor and I agree they helped me a great deal.  I'm trying to keep busy, but every time my phone ring and I don't recognize the number, I get frazzled. I'm staying positive - looking forward to graduation.

My son left for bootcamp July 2nd. I feel your pain!! I send a card or letter twice a week so that he will get something from home. He has written and I have sent extra stamps, envelopes and paper so that he can use them to write or to share with his new friends. As mom's, we worry, but know that they are taken care of and they are eating much better (as my son said!) I was told to look forward to each Friday and keep busy, time will go by fast. I have already booked my flight for graduation (30th Aug) so looking for things to do in that area may help you stay focused as well. Good luck to you and to your sailor!!

Thanks for your response, glad to hear your son is doing well. I can't wait to know my son's graduation date, planning your trip to graduation is an awesome way to pass time. Good News: my son called this afternoon. He just completed his baseline, which was difficult and needed references for his job ( Information Systems Technician). Was good to hear his voice and he sounded happy, did my heart good!

My apologies... your daughter. I’m reading every post and message that I can and learning how to use the site for the first time.

Be sure to join the boot camp group - I left the link in the welcome message on your page.  You'll find lots of good info there.  Once you get the official letter (9-14 days after arrival) you can then start writing and you'll be able to join the PIR group for your son.  Stay busy - count Friday's rather than individual days.  Come here for support - we'll get you through this.  Remember, no news is good news!

Hang in there!

Just like you, my son was scheduled to ship out on Thursday 07/18 but his flight was canceled.  He arrived in Chicago the following day—the 19th—but didn’t get picked up until after midnight.  I didn’t get the call from him until 1:35 a.m., eastern time.  Perhaps our sons are in the same division.  

I thought that after a week I’d worry less, but nope...I still get anxious thinking about him and what he’s going through.  I just received ‘the box’ and it was like pulling the scab off a healing wound.  Does it really get easier?!?  When?!?  

My daughter shipped 7/17, just missed the bad weather. Today is the first day i have not been busy with work and have started a questionnaire to send to her just to be doing something. i am at over 40 questions i will probably split up and send in different letters. lucky for me work picks back up tomorrow to keep me busy for another week. But soon this project will be done and then i will need to find something else to keep my mine off of missing her. Good luck to your Sailor Recruit.  

LisaLove here are the area codes to watch for. And the Key is to stay busy. I know it's easier said than done, believe me. come join Boot camp Moms you can learn a lot and get many great answers as well.

If you have a phone call from the 847 area code, or US GOVERNMENT, or PRIVATE CALL, or RESTRICTED, or PAY PHONE, or WITHHELD, or UNAVAILABLE or ATT CALLING CARD, be sure to answer!!! (It is possible that a Recruit could call from another area code as well--773, 224, 312, 872 are all area codes in that area.)  These sites will help answer some questions as well.

What will the first day be like at BC?

See Arrival and What Happens at RTC and Ship/Division--How it Works.

How long is the "I'm here!" call and when will s/he be able to call again?

See Phone Cards and Phone Calls.

Thank you

Here is the site. I am Phoenixmom and I help out on the site. Let me know if there is anything more I can answer for you. And Welcome to Navy Moms.

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