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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 - 2020**

Due to COVID there is no public PIR. The graduations are on Thursday, and the video of the graduation is posted on RTC's FaceBook on Friday at approx 3pm. Please keep in mind that a division may need to complete additional quarantine during training which will delay their graduation.

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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Our February group is Army deployed to Iraq consisting of 44 males and 3 females. They are in a very remote area and frequently are on patrol. They do have microwave access. They live in metal containers and concrete structures. Some are limited on shower days due to lack of clean water.

Pillowcases are a GO!

Wish List:


Granola bars


Coffee (no K-cups)

Ramen noodles

Macaroni & cheese cups

Drink sticks

Sunflower seeds


Body wash




Shave gel


Small pillows

Shipping will be February 21 to 24.

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Blankets! Are there any requirements? Size, color, fabric? I have fleece...

Fleece would be great! As a matter of fact I was given 6 fleece blankets that I am going to send. It has gotten cold in Iraq and the concrete structures they live in have no heat and holes in the ceiling. Anything that will help them keep warm would be great! Thanks!

I have 12 to send.  They are the 50 x 60 size fleece blankets, already rolled. They were on clearance at my local Wal-Mart for $5. My co-worker brought some fun color ones to add to my basic colors.  Should brighten things up a bit.  Going to send a bunch of goodies as well. 


Spreading the message as best as we can.  I will call you soon so that we can catch up on life.  ((hugs))

For the blankets, twin, full/queen? I found some fleece ones on amazon that are only $1 more for the full/queen size. I don’t want to send something too big. 

Since they sleep on cots, maybe twin size would be best?????

That’s true! It would be thicker to double up but also more bulk to pack up. I’ll get some ordered today!!

Six more blankets headed their way! It hurts my heart to think of them being cold! I wish I could send heaters!

I'm running late. Mailing on 2/18  Fingers are crossed. Carol


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