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All Hands Magazine's mini-documentary series "Making a Sailor": These six videos follow 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. 

Making a Sailor: Episode 1 - "Get on the Bus"

Making a Sailor: Episode 2 - "What did I get myself into?"

Making a Sailor: Episode 3 - "Processing Days"

Making a Sailor: Episode 4 - "Forming"

Boot Camp: Making a Sailor - Episode 5

Making a Sailor: Episode 6 - "I'm a U.S. Navy Sailor"

...and visit Navy.com - America's Navy and Navy.mil to learn more.

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She will be there for Thanksgiving, her birthday, Christmas and New Years.  Will this delay her graduation date?  Very sad to think that she will not be with family for those holidays.

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PIR is her Graduation. My Daughters PIR is 10-26! Cannot wait to hug her so tight!

Eeek!!!! Right around the corner!  Where will you stay when you are there for graduation?

Just joined and saw your post. My baby boy leaves tomorrow, Nov 7, as well. I have been a sobbing mess. We have a lot of other family factors going on but the idea of him leaving is hurting my heart.
Just joined too and my baby boy leaves tomorrow 11/7 as well! This is scary, awesome, and heartbreaking for sure. Just wanted to say hello and lend a prayer to you all and your sailors. So thankful a customer told me about this site. I have a ton of reading to do!
Prayers for all of us. I am absolutely lost with all the acronyms and terminology. I am just a mom trying to figure out all these things along with all the feelings. I have not heard from him since we said our goodbyes last night at his hotel. My youngest son is taking this just as hard as me. They are so close.

Elizabeth, I put a link on your My Page to a Page that will help you with the new terms and acronyms.

My baby boy just arrived in Chicago. He's 20. LOL. I am trying hard to be as excited and proud as he is. Waiting for him to call. So glad I found this site.

We are in the same boat my son left on the 7th got the call early morning on the 8th , he will be there for all the holidays and his birthday definitely interested in the adopt a sailor program we are originally from Chicago and I have a lot of family in the area . That would be great if they could see him for the holidays maybe adopt some of his other recruits

The adopt a sailor is for those recruits who are within 2 weeks of PIR on either Thanksgiving or Christmas. If your recruit just left they will most likely not be eligable since they only have 2 or 3 weeks in for Thanksgiving and 6 or 7 weeks by Christmas. (You may get lucky for Christmas). If they stay on base they have Sunday routine. Keep your phones handy with the ringer on loud because they may get a chance to call home that weekend. There are too many recruits and not enough phones for all of them to call on a single day but over the 24th, 25th & 26th you should hear from them. Send lots of love, cards and letters, but no glitter, musical cards or confetti! No care packages or cash money either. Theft happens.
Be proud of your kids. You raised the 1% who are willing to defend the 99%!

My son left on 11/8, and I got the I'm safe call at 1am the 9th.   He will be in for all the holidays and my birthday.   I did read on one of the official sites and his recruiter did say BC may be extended from 8 weeks to 9-10 weeks.  I'm hoping for the 4th or the 11th, as my daughter will be on college break at that time so she can go to PIR without missing classes.  Hoping for Christmas as well, so we can go get him for a couple hours.  

julesmtu, if your recruit passes the initial run portion of the baseline PFA, then PRI will be 01/04/2019 and he will be eligible for the Christmas Adopt-A-Sailor program. If he passes it on the second try or if something happens, then he will not be in that TG and will have extra weeks.

My son left on the same date. He also will be at BC for holidays & my birthday. The PIR is still Jan 4. I can’t wait. I am hoping to pick him up for Christmas also for a few hours as I will be south of Chicago the next day. I figured one day early would be amazing to see him and encourage him. I saw pics from the adopt a sailor for Thanksgiving & I think if she does that for Christmas it will be great. Also she will most likely get to call you that day as I saw all SR calling home in pics!

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