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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.


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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Well he has two days in, I'm sure he is doing better than I am.  That first call was rough. I am looking forward to following along with others going through the same thing here.

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Hello! My son is leaving in 2 days. Could I ask you how was the”first call” I understand is a script. Were you able to say something to him? Or is a one way call?

The first call is scripted. He will say that he is there and ok. He will say you will receive a box in one week with his things. he will say you will get a letter in three weeks. I love you goodbye.  You cannot respond.

I squeezed in an "I love you" before he hung up, but that's it.

The box came today :(

Thanks for answering to my question. I'm saying a prayer for you today. 

My box came this morning too...

It's a strange feeling isn't it. Prayers for you too!

Hi Janice. My son left for RTC the day before yours. There is a possibility they may be on the same ship. Hopefully we’ll get a letter soon to let us know how they’re doing.

We are from PA. Where are you from? This is our first experience with anything Military. I think I will feel better when boot camp is over, it is so hard not hearing from him. How are you holding up?

We’re literally less than an hour away from RTC. My son is third generation military. My father-in-law was a Capt in the Navy. No news is good news. I remember my experience being away from home for the first time at boot camp. I definitely had a deeper appreciation for my family. It helped me to grow & shaped me into the person I am today. Your SR will be fine and you will see a huge difference when you see them again! Be strong!!

Thank you for the encouraging words. I am so excited for my son to have taken the initiative to join the navy. I do believe this will be so good for his self esteem and self worth. Proud that he now has direction and can't wait to watch as his future unfolds.

Received the form letter!
Ship 06 Div 097
Graduating 09 Feb 18


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