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Boot Camp: Making a Sailor (Full Length Documentary - 2018)

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**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).  Still limited to 2 guests maximum.

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 7/16/2021**




**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.

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.

Please see changes to attending PIR in the PAGES column. The PAGES are located under the member icons on the right side.

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Hello all,

Its happening!  So much for "Recruit, your date is Sept. 11th."  They called last week to see if he could/would leave early and so, here we are.  He is my 2nd oldest (a junior in college and a 15 y.o. and 12 y.o. at home) so I should be fine with him leaving, right?!  WRONG! I am so emotional! Anyway, I have to drop him off at recruiter's tomorrow afternoon then he'll go to MEPS in the PM and stay over. Flying out on Wednesday, early afternoon.

ANYONE ELSE IN THE SAME BOAT (lol my attempt at Navy humor)?  Best of luck to you and yours as you squeeze in a few more memories between now and when they leave.

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I thought your humor was right on!  lol!  Myself and a couple of other moms that I have met have daughters leaving on the 27th!  I will private message you with my daughters name, and your son can look her up on facebook.  A couple of them have started talking, and I know my daughter feels better knowing that she might see a somewhat familiar face when she gets there Wednesday!  Good luck, and know that you are not alone.  I am an emotional mess right now!

Yes, and isn't it ironic that he's FLYING out to join the Navy?  Makes you think it's an air AND a sea operation haha.  We expected late August last year, but we got mid-April all of a sudden, like you with just a week's notice.  Our daughter had finished college but wasn't finding work, and now the Navy is SO right for her.  She's a "nuke", which involves about 18 months of training at the base in SC.  She's happy and feels good about herself and her mission.  You are in for a lot of ups and downs, but Basic was the hardest for us.  Recruits can't communicate except in limited ways.  Be sure to read the information on these pages, it's very helpful.  You will receive a scripted phone call soon after your son arrives at Great Lakes, and a box with all his stuff shortly thereafter.  It will arrive, don't worry.  The call will leave you wanting more.  They are well taken care of there, though--in retrospect, I see that.  After Basic, though, they can have their phones back and can communicate much more freely, depending on their rate (job). Welcome!

SallyCG's son also has a contract in the Nuclear Field.

Tomorrow marks 5 years since I had to say see ya later to my Sailor!! (The day before his brother's birthday too!!) It seems like forever ago and yesterday all at the same time.  You are in a good place here and there are a ton of resources if it ever begins to get too overwhelming.  Read the files on P-days and first contact--box, form letter, phone calls so you are prepared for those first few weeks. Welcome to the family and remember No News is Good News!! (It's hard but true)

SallyCG, I left info for you on your My Page.

My son left on the 26th!  I still am a mess! My sailor is also the 2nd oldest of 5. It is all just so crazy hard.

My son left on the 26th!  I still am a mess! My sailor is also the 2nd oldest of 5. It is all just so crazy hard.

My son left yesterday and arrived today.  He is my second son to go through Navy boot camp.  His older brother left almost 11 months ago to the day, didn't even give me a year to recover.  It is hard to let them go.  They are in good hands and well cared for.  Remember no news is good news and send lots of letters of encouragement.

LOL, I loved your humor! My son just left for BC on the 26th! I know what you're feeling, so many emotions right now. Best of luck and hang in there! From one mom to another - we'll row together during this crazy journey!

My son left 26th too....what an emotional last few days....I can't wait to start hearing something...hang in there...glad I found this group!!
Hey SallyCG! My son's original ship date was late Oct, moved up to late July..Mon @10am the re router called and said he had to report by 930 the following morning!! Feel like we wasted the whole day scrambling to make sure he was ready to go, saying good bye to friends/family and making the most of dinner (rather felt like a last supper). He's my youngest; I am SOOO proud but miss him desperately. Was doing good until we received his box yesterday. That critter sent everything back! even his toothbrush and deodorant!!


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