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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.


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Hi, my son doesn't go to boot camp until July, he is in the DEP.  Our main concern for him is the swim test.  He can swim enough to save his life and be comfortable about it but isn't that strong a swimmer.  We have 6 months to work on it and have already started going three times a week to the indoor pool to get stronger.  Can anyone tell me what the swim test consists of and what passing is so I can make sure he works on those things?  I just want to make sure he is prepared for the swimming part, since that will be his weak spot.   Thanks

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My son isn't good swimmer either, even from sunny California! He took swimming lessons before his ship date. He passed swimming test including prone float.

Thank you! This is my biggest concern for my son as well. He goes to BC end of June, so I guess it's time for him to hit the pool!


Definitely have your son practice swimming.  My son graduated April 1st, but had to take the swim test a couple of times before he passed.  (It didn't affect his graduation date).  It helps to practice. You can also look up the swim test on youtube to get an idea of what the test entails.  Also, ask his recruiter about it.

My SR ended up getting moved up a month so he left June 6 instead of July. He passed the swim test. He said it helped to practice the few times he did before he left.

Does anyone know at what week do they do the swim test? My son left 11/14/2016. He took a few private lessons before leaving.

My son leaves this month on the 21st and he started practicing about a month or so ago.  Check with his/her recruiter because mine went to the YMCA and there was a retired navy sailor there that he could work out with. That really seemed to help.  Good luck 


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