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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 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).  

Specific information on this policy change will be provided in the coming days and weeks.

We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience and appreciate your support.


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**UPDATE 6/23/2022 - MASK MANDATE IS LIFTED -  Vaccinations still required



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Hi All - my son leaves 10/23/12 for boot camp!  It seems like it has been forever since he signed his contract on 1/26/12, but now it's October and I can't believe we only have 22 days left with him.  Trying to get everything wrapped up and spend some nice family time together.

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My son just got moved up to the 23rd from the 29th.  Sounds like this is happening to a fair number of future sailors.  Trying to get everything wrapped up as well.  Honestly I hope that the date does not change again....

my son also leaves for boot camp on the 23rd of oct. any ideas of when PIR will be

Each time my son talks to his recruiter I hold my breath - I so keep thinking that they will move up his date too.  So far it has stayed at 10/23....I know it all depends on the "needs of the Navy" but I sure hope I can keep these last couple of weeks with my son!

My wife was so disappointed when we got the move up call... She had Hawaii plans with him that had to be cancelled and she feels short-changed before we really even got going.  She was ready to "call someone"  --lol-- And I had to talk her down from the ledge.

My son leaves the 23rd, moved up from the 29th also.  I was sad to learn I have one less week with him.  Although my son-in-law is in the air force and now they might be able to make it home for graduation, so maybe it's a good thing it got moved up.  :)

same here - what's a mom to do?

I"m kinda glad he leaves a little earlier - maybe home for Christmas


My son got moved up from the 28th to the 21st.  I know how  you feel.  I sat at my desk at work and cried.  It was only one week.  But, it screwed with my emotional calendar.



My son leaves that day, too - it does seem like it has been forever since he signed, as well.  Let's stay in touch



Do they get to come home between boot camp and tech school? That would be great, I didnt think they would :)

Hey Lynn - I just saw this in BootCamp Moms.  I haven't read it yet, but it sounds like it should explain leave: "To come home for a visit they have to take leave. here is a good blog post explaining leave and liberty very well.". 


Well, here's hoping that all these "move-ups" mean a PIR before Christmas... And maybe a little Christmas Leave???

I hear that Chicago is a lot like San Diego at Christmas..... Except its cold, windy and miserable. LoL

Lynn - I keep seeing different info on whether or not they will have leave.  I have seen posts that say they have to report to their A school first and that some schools then do shut down for Christmas holiday.  Whether or not they actually get to leave I am not sure.......


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