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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.


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Good afternoon,

I thought we could start a group for moms of recruits that left during the week of July 1, 2019.  I received my call last night, but missed it as I was not expecting it, but we had some good time together before he left.  I have working on not being in a panic, but I keep reading on Navy Mom FB posts ( I know its a bad idea) where recruits are being sent home for things they would normally work with them on, ex. struggling with a PT test, etc.  ).  They are discussing that it is the end of the budget year and they are "out of money"??  

Any ideas or concerns from other moms?

Thank you,

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Things in BC have changed a lot in the last year, but still remain the same. Recruits must now pass the initial PFA upon arrival. That PFA also has some "failing" room built in it to pass, Those that don't pass, but fall into the close, but not quite, are given a couple days to try again. If they still don't pass yes they are sent home. They most likely will be able to re-enlist again. This change has eliminated the need for so many being sent to FIT in the last couple weeks of BC, and the many failures that just never get there in the last couple weeks.

The RTC still has the "extra" programs for those that need additional academic help, social help, physical training help, swimming help etc. Those have not stopped. The recruits are responsible for showing improvement and the expectation of being able to complete everything. If they aren't showing effort or improvement from the beginning, yes, they may be released or asmo'd earlier now.

As far as the end of the year budget. Nope, still three months away, and even the TG's that are now starting and finishing BC are still a couple of months from year end. The next few TG's incoming are large groups. If it was because of budget and out of money that would probably not be happening.

Thank you so much for this insight.  It is most helpful.  Our journey here is very  new and we had very little time to prepare, so this is very kind.

Ask anything that you may have a question about. We love answering them, and if one doesn't have the answer someone else might, if not we will find out for you.:)

Ask away! :)

My future sailor is leaving at the end of the month.  I'm getting conflicting information on shot records.  The recruiter said he didn't need them but I've read on a couple of postings here that he should take them.  Before I rush to get them from his primary care, what's the truth?  

My son leaves for BC 7/30...anyone else have a kiddo leaving that day?

Mine leaves 7/31.

Aww...coming so fast!


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