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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. 

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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 7/29/2021** You now must be fully vaccinated in order to attend PIR:

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I'm new to this site, but may we have every mom whose kid went to BC this week Jan 8 - 12 and will probably have their PIR in mid March , maybe have a little help getting through the anxiety together? Maybe the Admin of this site can put us all in touch!

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Missomd if you join Boot camp for loved ones you will find lots of Families whose Loved one has just recently left to BC. this site will give you a lot of info. I am one of the Admins for this site. and the way you are feeling believe me they are too. Please join and get to know them.

There are groups for each PIR date, just wait to find out when your child's PIR will be and join the group. They are all in the same "boat" as you, and a great source of comfort. :-)   There are also usually at least one PIR Facebook groups. Our son-in-law left for boot camp almost a year ago, and there are still posts in the family facebook group for his PIR date. It will go quicker than you think.  Our sailor SIL and daughter are now in Hawaii at his first duty station. 

Ok, thank you so much. Should I start writing my letters of encouragement now and wait for my son's address...will that come in a letter, etc. How long t8l I can send them.

Miisomd You can start writing letters now if you would like, once you receive the form letter your Loved ones address will be on it and you can mail your letters.

The Form Letter will arrive in your regular mail a week or so after "The Box" arrives--10 days after arrival is the average, but it can come sooner or 2 to 3 weeks after arrival.

we strongly encourage you to wait on the form letter before sending mail to your recruit

You might want to start writing a letter every day. Doesn't have to be long. Number them, and when that form letter comes with his address, send what you have. Mail is such a good thing for them. Your form letter comes in a week or so, I think. That will have his address and PIR date on it. You can send pictures, but it's best that they are photocopies. They have very little space to store things. We did several postcards that showed places from home, and some funny ones we found. The absolute hardest thing was the not knowing what they are doing and how they are doing. But no news is really good news. We were advised to send our mail in plain white envelopes, no stickers and absolutely no glitter. Have you gotten your kid in a box yet? 

Thank you so much. Really I'm so impressed with everyone helping me. And others that are new. Truly a Godsend
Sorry font understand last ? Kid in a box? You mean with his civilian clothes he sends back? Not yet. I will start writing. I will go get white envelopes as well. Thanks so much. Is it normal to tear up a few times a day?

Yes, the box with his civilian things. You will see it referred to as a "kid in a box" some on these forums. It should come soon also. And yes, quite normal to tear up. It's a hard thing to send them off and not hear anything or know how they are doing. The first couple of weeks are the hardest, but it gets a bit easier once you get the letter, and then the first phone call, and letters from them. Before you know it, you are planning for PIR. 

Ok. Thanks. So much information.

Hi there,  My daughter left for BC on 1/9.  Received my box today.  Would love to stay in touch with others in the same timeframe.

You will get a letter in the mail soon with your daughter's PIR date. After you get that, look for the corresponding group on here. Usually someone posts in the boot camp moms group. That group includes family members whose sailors all entered BC about the same time. 


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