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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.


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Every year we send to smaller groups and I post about them in this thread.  The 1st for this year is an Army group which we did in memory of my dad.  It's an Army transport ship and my dad served on one of those in WWII.  His was a Liberty Ship called the SS David R Francis.

Army            40      MC Charles Gross LSV-5

Air Force      12      

Veterans        10     TMC hospice

VFA 14          214    Squadron on the Stennis

K-9 units         75     6 different units

Navy             184     USS Jacksonville

Navy              310    USS Donald C Cook

Air Force        434    wave 1

Veterans           10   TMC hospice and 3 others

Misc               279   13 different K9 units

Misc                 60   wounded warriors

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sent to VFA 14:

more VFA 14:

And the sailor and the reason that we did this squadron.  His sister goes to school where I work.

Our chaplain received your packages today and gave out the pillow cases at an in-processing briefing. I have been deployed for a couple of months now but when I received my pillow case it made my day. (Mine has cats on it :D ) I just wanted to let you know how much we appreciate you and all you do for us while we are out here deployed. It bought so much joy to all the Airman's faces. Thank you so much again!
-SrA Ashlyn

Mom and Grandma of a Soldier, 

Good Evening. I am Senior Chief George , currently stationed aboard the finest destroyer in the U.S. NAVY, USS DONALD COOK (DDG 75).

We are currently deployed in the Mediterranean Sea. 

We conducted replenishment at sea today. Replenishment at sea is our way of of refueling our ship and receiving supplies such as food, repair parts, and mail while still remaining on station in support of our mission. 

Today we were fortunate enough to receive a box that contained these awesome pillow cases!

I think mine is one of the best that were in the box. It was apparent that some of my shipmates agreed because some tried to swipe it when I wasn’t looking, lol. They did not succeed!!!! J 

I just wanted to express my gratitude for the time and effort put into making the pillow cases and sending them out to us. We really do appreciate it and it does a whole lot of good for our morale while deployed. I’ll be proudly dressing my pillow with it before I get some rest this evening. 

Thank you and have a great day! 



Hearts at Ease,

I received a pillowcase stitched by Debbi M from Hershey PA.
It has a wildlife pattern that reminds me of home every day. It surprises me how much that means. Something so seemingly insignificant as a pillowcase can impact a person's daily outlook, but it does. My tent area is rather small and drab, but the pillowcase is a bright spot that makes me smile anytime I look at it.
And I know it's just in my head but I swear it's the most comfortable pillowcase I've ever used.

The deployment won't last forever, but the pillowcase is going with me!

Thank you Debbi, and Thank you Hearts at Ease. What you do matters.



Heads at Ease,

I just realized I addressed you as Hearts at Ease in my previous email. My apologies.
Although what you do helps put the heart at ease as well. :)


 From one of our K-9 troops and it is clear that these mean so much more than we think:
Dear Navy mom (Michelle L),
I wanted to express my gratitude for the pillow cases we received this morning. It is such a unique
and cool idea to send these pillow cases to deployed military members. 
It also made me think of and miss my own mom. I remember her sewing all of our Halloween costumes
and various curtain/pillow cases/etc when I was younger. 
Thank you for taking the time to create this for us. I, as well as my kennel mates, truly appreciate
the pillowcases we received. 
Thank you again,  Meredith J, SSgt, USAF



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