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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.


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.

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Am I in the right place?? I'm new here so... lol

Hello everyone! My SR is in BC w/ PIR: 9/30. His "A" School is the DLI in Monterey (Cryptology). Is there anyone that can walk me through what happens when he leaves BC (1st thing Sat morning?) through the first month or so? I would just like to know things like when I will be able to see him, when he will be allowed to have his car, his comptuter, clothes, how many ppl he will room with, is PT mandatory or is he "free" so to speak, etc... I know absolutely nothing and my nerves are shot! Lol Thanks!!!

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Hi Laura, and welcome!  You're absolutely in the correct place. While my son left DLI Monterey in December, he had a circuitous journey to get there, and went to his A school, then BUDS, then Monterey, so I can only speak to the Monterey portion. I believe that sailors are allowed certain privileges after a specific time, which can be different for different sailors (someone else correct me if I'm wrong, please!). My son got his car immediately. He also had only 1 roommate. I can see if I could dig up some pictures. Because multiple armed forces are there, he will be lodged with the Navy, although his classes will be language based, and thus can have all branches represented in them. There is minimal PT, or at least inadequate, according to my son, lol.  We also live in northern California so were overjoyed to have our sailor close for the 18 months he was there. It is absolutely beautiful. We were allowed to see him nearly from the beginning, but again, he had already gone through his A school before arriving. There's not a lot of free time, or at least not when my son was there (under Covid lockdown, so all classes were online 6 hours a day, plus then 2 hours of homework).  Once he got in a routine, he was able to come visit us monthly. Good study habits and routine are the most important thing. I can only speak for what my son did, but post-graduation he attended Crypto school in Texas, and is now in MD, although most of his friends went to GA. Hope this helps. It does get easier, so hang in there!

Thank you sooooo much! I appreciate you reaching out! This gives me some idea of what I might expect. I live in FL so I predict many plane rides in my future!


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