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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 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).  Still limited to 2 guests maximum.

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.


RTC Graduation

**UPDATE 7/16/2021**




**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.

Please see changes to attending PIR in the PAGES column. The PAGES are located under the member icons on the right side.

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My MM Nuke just got detachment orders from Goose Creek for March 5th. He has been told he will be on hold for 8 weeks once in NY.  We are looking for any recommendations on apartments/housing close to school.  Any area to stay away from? of course looking for economical, possibly a studio situation. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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My son rented a place with other guys on McMaster Street in Ballston Spa. He was quite happy with the apartment.

what address in Ballston Spa will the base be? I can't find it on Google to search from.

My son has an apartment in Glenville..A little longer drive to the plant, but a nice quiet neighborhood.  He loves it.

There are apartments on Big Horn Path rd? in Ballston Spa.  Don't know name of apartments.

Son chose this complex because they put in military clause and had three bedrooms.  It is important to be close to Ballston Spa or in Ballston Spa because parking is difficult and arrival at least 45 minutes before start time for daily assignment is essential to get parking space.  Even though guys carpool as much as possible, seems to be an issue. Also after about two / two and half months your sailor will be put on 12 hour shifts and get off some shifts at midnight, they are exhausted and should not have to drive far. 


Most apartments not college off campus situations, one roomie needs to bring kitchen supplies, one the tv, a couch, and beds are needed.  Once my son got apartment he crashed on floor until he got furniture, he should have gotten apartment a week earlier.

I know there might be a group heading to Ballston Spa soon and looking for a place to live.  My son has been there since January and he and his buddies rent at The Winners Circle.  It's pretty close to the plant (which is a good thing especially during the winter!).  Very nice apartments.  They have 1, 2 & 3 bedrooms and nice amenities - pool, weight room, garage.  They do require a one year lease but they rent to a lot of Navy personnel and they will allow you to break the lease when your orders change.  We visited in April and I can vouch for them - nice apartments!  Oh - they are unfurnished but they do come with a washer/dryer!

Here's the link if you are interested:



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