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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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Hi Everyone I have been encouraged by all the wonderful support on the site.  We are anxiously awaiting Nick's Grad date on August 26th.  Can anyone tell me what the normal pass is after graduation? Will it just be Friday?  Will he most likely get Sat off  too?  Trying to get flights for PIR date.  Also, any favorite hotels nearby?  Thanks so much!

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Congratulations!  I have never been a part of something as special as this ceremony!  My experience was liberty was the entire weekend, had to be back on base seems like somewhere around 10 or 11 at night, free around 8 or 9 in the morning.  Details like that are sketchy, our PIR was last August.  Many hotels around, your graduation packet will have info, or go to the website where you print your pass, it was very helpful.  Congrats again!  Very moving weekend for me!
thanks so much.   Where is your child stationed now?  Nick will be headed to Pensacola.
He has been in Afghanistan for roughly three weeks now.

It all depends.  You will learn soon if Nick is grad n go.  If so, you can get a pass to sit with him at the airport until he leaves.  That doesn't happen a lot, but it's possible.

Or, he could have Cinderella leave on the weekend, meaning he can go with you within the 50 mile radius, but has to report back each night ON TIME. 

Or, he could have both Cinderella leave and one day of duty. 

They try as much as possible to give them the leave with family with the early evening returns.  Just be prepared for any situation.

We are proud of your future sailor and send our hugs to him and to the family.

You will not believe the change in your son when you see him at PIR!  It is an awesome experience.

Our son graduated boot camp in April of this year.  We got Friday with him until 8:00pm.  They shipped him to the airport Sat. morning but his flight didn't leave until 4:00pm.  We were able to meet him at the airport, go thru security with him and spend the day with him there.  It was nice to spend another whole day with him!   He still has not been home since he left for boot camp at the beginning of Feb.  He is finished with A school and is getting ready to start his technical training in San Diego.  He is asking for leave in Aug.  We are looking forward to having him home for a few weeks but you learn quickly not to count on anything being sure until it happens.  There are always changes in the Navy.  You learn to be flexible. 

We are also from KC.  Where are you located?  We are up north near the airport.

Good luck with your experience with Nick in the Navy!   I will be happy to answer any questions you have that I have had experience with.



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