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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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Hello All!  My son is leaving for boot camp on July 5th!  I'm fortunate to be both a Navy Brat and a Navy Vet myself, in addition to the proud sister of a Navy Recruiter!  With all of my Navy knowlege, I'm still a nervous wreck about my firstborn's departure.  :O 


I'm so glad to have found this very supportive site!  I live about 20 minutes east of KC, wondering if there are many other N4M members close by? 



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Not close by. I live in Lebanon MO.  My son graduates July 15th. Welcome to the site.
My daughter's graduation is July 22nd- and I'm in RFD. We're Army. My dad was Navy- but he's been gone for 30 years now. I still have his boot camp graduation pics from Great Lakes! 
Nervous wreck doesn't even begin to describe this! But... she's doing OK- and Graduation is on track...
My daughter's graduation is July 22nd- and I'm in RFD. We're Army. My dad was Navy- but he's been gone for 30 years now. I still have his boot camp graduation pics from Great Lakes! 
Nervous wreck doesn't even begin to describe this! But... she's doing OK- and Graduation is on track...

Hello!  My son left for boot camp on July 6th.  We are in Independence.  Is your son's PIR 9/1/11??

My SR's PIR is 8/26, he is in 3/278.  Got our first real letter last Wed, but still no phone call.  If my guesstimate is correct, they are going into Week 4 this week, so maybe a phone call will be coming SOON?! 

 I'm in Odessa, so not too far from you, rrjhmd.  :)


D12, what is RFD? 



Where are you staying in Chicago?  We made reservations for the Residence Inn and are flying Southwest into Milwaukee.  We hope since it is a holiday weekend that he might be able to have liberty for an extra day.

Where is your son going to A school?  His job?

Jakesmom- I too am a Navy vet, grew up Navy and married Navy.  I thought, at least I told myself, that I was prepared and I just knew that I had it all under control......right, I was a big mess the day he left, and a nervous wreck the 8 weeks of entire boot camp.  It doesn't matter how much you think you're ready, those "mom" emotions come flooding out.  It still happens now and then and my son has been out in the fleet for a year.

BTW-  I'm in Lee's Summit.  AND my sons PIR date was 8/27/10...I saw where your sons PIR is 8/26. 

My daughter is DEP (MC) and leaving for boot camp December 6th.  8yr contract and 1yr in A-school.  We come to KC alot as we have a son who lives there.  We reside about 2 hrs away.
Not close by, but I'm moving my daughter to St. Joseph, Mo for school this fall, so I will be traveling very close the the KC area.  I to have several member retired and active in the U.S. Navy from Virginia Beach, to San Diego. It's something about your first born.  Anyway glad to meet you Jake's mom.  Take care.
My son graduated boot camp in July.  He's now in Pensacola finishing B school which will end in November.  Tell your son to do his best (GPA) if he's going in to a specialty.  That determines the order you get to select your tour options.  My son selected Japan. far away, but I know he's so excited.  Don't know when he's leaving for overseas yet.  A little confused if there will be a C school involved.  We also can't figure out their policies on 'leaves' or when they occur.  This is a great website and I'm hoping to gather information this way instead of finding out as we come upon each situation.  Good luck to you, you're son will be just fine.  This was my first born as well and we are so tight.  It's hard, but we keep in touch via cellphone often.  Hang in there.  By the way...not real close...but we're in Cape Girardeau.

Hi. I am new to the forum.  My daughter is about to be deployed in December to Diego Garcia, which is in the middle of the Indian Ocean.  She will be gone a year.  From what I hear communication will be very limited, so it is going to be tough.  I hear it is a good assignment though.  She also did very well in her schools and got a good deployment.  I am from the Jefferson City area. Glad to be able to share

Molly's Adopt a Sailor did the Diego group last year.  Their big request was those air fresheners that hang--said everything was musty.  However, the pictures from their were gorgeous. 


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