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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).  


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**UPDATE 8/25/2022 - MASK MANDATE IS LIFTED.  Vaccinations still required.

**UPDATE 11/10/22 PIR - Vaccinations no longer required.


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We all have such great ideas on how to pack things, I thought we should have them in 1 place.


Let's not chatter in here, just post the packing ideas.  That way, when go to try and find something, we won't have to search tons of pages.



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sweetie--if you could ship in one HUGE box, we know you would pack yourself in it!
haha, good point Carol. wouldn't we all? I want to go make some chicken soup for my son since he just had 3 wisdom teeth pulled.
I just sent 60 PCS to my contact in WA for the Lincoln project. The cost was $30 via UPS from East coast to West coast. This is turning out to be about the same as 30 pcs/flat rate box X 2 I think. I still haven't checked with Fex Ex ground yet though. I'll take my next box there and see what they say. The 60 pcs weighed about 18lbs. Now these were being shipped to a person's house and not using the APO/FPO boxes at their rate.

Just a little info for you. I would think that in the long run, it would be cheaper to ship UPS instead of flat rate if you live on the West coast already but of course you'll have to check it out yourselves.
And Alaina, for UPS it is based on the weight plus the zip codes. my box of fabric went from Tucson to FL.

I think UPS will be cheaper too, plus you can use a bigger box and reduce the cardboard they have to deal with. that's what I am trying to do, reduce the garbage for them.
I took an Avon box (17x12x8) to UPS and USPS this morning. It has 50 unsewn pillowcases in it. UPS was 1/2 the cost of USPS. So, I guess that's what I'll be using, at least for the big squadron (165 pcs). For the smaller group (25), I'll probably go with flat rate boxes.
hye, good to know. I plan to mail the squadron that way too. coming from AZ it should be alittle cheaper than the avon box of fabric that I mailed to FL.

it just takes a week by ground, but I want to minizme the boxes.


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