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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 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.


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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I have another question for you gals . I am overthinking this for sure because what else can I do LOL. I have been writing every day waiting for the form letter. When you finally got the address did you send all the letters In one envelope or did you mail them all separate. I originally put all six in their own envelopes thinking if one got lost she would at least get the others. I do have them numbered but will that be a problem if she gets 14 envelopes all at once?

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Hi belly's mom 25 - you can either mail them separate or put them all in one big envelope.  If you do the one envelope she will most likely have to open it in front of the RDC because they will want to confirm what is in the envelope.  But it shouldn't be a problem.....and definitely keep #ing them so she knows what order to read them in!

Hi belly'smom25. I recieved my SR's form letter yesterday, I have 15 letters numbered  so will mail 1-2 every day, all the while writing more :) It can take 5-10 days for mail to be received. 

Hi all the letter will have the correct address to send right? Can't wait to hear from my boy.

Sandy, you mean the form letter? Yes, it will have your SR address so you can mail letters. 

belly's mom 25,

And yes when you do get the form letter it will have the address and ship number on there. She will love getting all that mail don't you worry.  :)

Sandy- Hey and yes the form letter will have the address on there so you can mail them off right away. It is so awesome when we first hear from our loved ones!!

Thank you so much. I didn't want to embarrass her with a ton of letters but that is what she is going to get. It's so strange. Yesterday I felt pretty good but this morning I woke up feeling pretty sad and missing her again. We are 9 days down now. I am looking forward to getting that form letter. I am going to feel like I won the lottery. 

Good Morning belly's mom 25,

You are very welcome and yes that is exactly how I felt as well. I just got used to it. Some days were good, some not so much. So when I needed to cry I did. And mine said are you still writing mom, I didn't get any letters today? Lol :) I said honey I write you every day!!! :) She will love all that mail.   :) I know right? Then when that form letter comes you know a call will be coming after that. Allright almost 2 weeks down you've got this!!!

When we cry I call them my navy allergies!!  :)

Have a wonderful day!!!

Thanks so much


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