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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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My son is in BC now, he just got there on Tuesday. He is going to be a Corpsman. Will he definately be going to school in GL after BC?

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grumsmom, hi ,
you son is a sailor recruit, when you go to PIR you will have a Sailor, and what a proud moment that will be for you.
Then when he finishes A-School for Corpsman he will have earned the right to be called a Corpsman.
Hope you will join a BC ( boot camp group) they have much to offer, and then the Corpsman A-School group.
My son already graduated BC and is in A school for Corpsmen.
My son has been working as a Corpsman for a long time.
We are going to PIR for the umpteenth time on 04-09-2010, this graduate will be going to Corps School also.
We'll be moving 2 gates over to gate # 3.
Hello, My son will be a corpsman. He is leaving for BC in Oct 2010. Anyone else? I have been reading your site and love it! alot of my questions have been answered. Thanks! Sonj
Well, my son went to Camp Pendleton first then to 29 Palms, Ca for the rest of his training before deployment.

That's what my son did. He just had to move across the street into another barracks. Actually, it was an advantage.
Hello everyone , My son just graduated on 4/30/2010 , He will be going to a scholl for corpsman, I just left GL today so sad to leave him but so proud of him
My son graduated BC on 5/7/10. He told me his A school won't start until May 28. What happens in the meantime? I think he said something about moving to A school at gate 3 around Monday may 24, but what happens before that? Does he move to Ship 5? I think he said they were moving out of the room he was in today. Does anyone know when he will be able to call me and give me a new address? I guess I have a lot of questions. Is the address the same for A school at GL? or are there different ones?
Tracey--I will do my best to answer these questions! A school for Corpsman is basically across the street from BC. Different address-he should be able to call you soon. They still keep them busy (mostly cleaning).
Are Sailors allowed visitors during A school? My son was due to graduate today but had trouble with his run and will not be able to particapate in a graduation ceromony. We were wanting to go see him as soon as he gets a chance for visit. Sorry I just realized I put this in the wrong place, but if anyones knows the answer it would be great to here it

No, it's not in Great Lakes anymore!  It's been moved to San Antonio, TX - the Medical Education and Training Campus - here's the website:  METC online and here's their FAQ page:  New Personnel FAQ

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My son just graduated 10-05-15 He is a corpsman and is at Fort Sam Houston, TX along with 2 of the sailors that were in his division


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