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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 - 2020**

Due to COVID there is no public PIR. The graduations are on Thursday, and the video of the graduation is posted on RTC's FaceBook on Friday at approx 3pm. Please keep in mind that a division may need to complete additional quarantine during training which will delay their graduation.

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UN-believable ...What is wrong with the Military Mail

My sisters package was returned to her yesterday with "unknown address. The ONLY thing wrong was the last number in the zip. Our PO assured me that the packages would arrive.. Mine hasn't been returned yet. I wonder where it is?

I just found out I mailed my sons computer to the wrong apo,ae zip code. Does anyone know what will happen or what I/'he can do? I sent to 09355 should have been 09354. He is so angry at me. Just what I need.

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I double checked about this with my husband who is a retired sailor and now a Postmaster with the USPS. For it to be returned you need to mark on the customs sheet for it to be returned otherwise it will be as abandonded. Also insurance is important as well. The APO zip codes are not as much like the city zip codes. The numbers are really important. Go overseas packages can take a bit longer also because they would go on space available as well. I hope that it all works out well. I hope we all learn to make sure we have everything correct when we mail something not just in the US stateside but overseas as well. Good luck.
Thanks Denise. I did check the box return to sender. A friend of mine works on Priorty mail here and she's looking into it for me. The tracking info says nothing since I left it at the po on the 16th. I can't figure out why 2 pkgs mailed the same day and only one came back. Funny thing it only took 2 weeks to go over and back. Now that was fast.
I wish you good luck with this. It is a lesson for us all about what we mail domestic or not make sure we have everything correct. Sorry you are having to go through this frustration. Hopefully your son will be understanding that you sent it but the package is having a fun journey. the stories that package could tell. Keep postivie about it. It will all come out right.
Hey Denise.....he got it! there is a God. Now he's happy as a clam. He's having a late Easter too, everything was still intact with it's extra long journey... :)


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