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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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Comment by Glenni on Wednesday

Thank you Helomom. Yes, he does have the option to make either 4 or 6 payments after he commissions. I appreciate the input!

Comment by Helomom on Tuesday

Glenni- Our son graduated in 1997, he bought the package and he was very pleased with it. I don’t even think the price has changed. He was moving to his first duty station almost immediately after graduation and needed everything ASAP. I believe he was given the option to make payments on it…but it was a long time ago. :-)

Comment by Glenni on Tuesday

For y'all whose sailors came through NROTC, did they get the ensign uniform package for about $1600? Was it worth it? 

Comment by M's mom on August 17, 2021 at 8:36pm

Helomom:   I can highly recommend Indiana University to your granddaughter!  Of course I'm slightly prejudiced, being a grad myself, although it has been, ahem, a "few" years!! 

I'm glad your family was able to visit the States.  Hopefully things are getting a little less stressful for your son.  I never really thought about it before, but, of course, a military base would generate tons of garbage, and would need some place local to haul it to.  If the locals aren't cooperative, that would be a nightmare!   Hopefully, the new year will be a better one all around, so he can start to enjoy Italy a little more, and I hope things are MUCH better by the time you head over for graduation.

Comment by Helomom on August 17, 2021 at 8:12pm

It has been a great summer! Our daughter-in-law, our granddaughter, and our grandson were able visit from Italy. The primary purpose of the visit was to narrow down our granddaughter’s list of colleges she will apply to. Success! UW, WWU, and UofO are at the top of the list…and maybe Michigan. Our grandson was able to spend some time with his cousins. They also worked in a week in SanDiego visiting friends. We had a lovely visit with our daughter-in-law! They are hoping we all get to visit them next year. We definitely plan to be there for her high school graduation. 

M's Mom, all Navy pilots start on fixed wing before they split off to type. He said it really isn’t that hard to adapt. He’s hoping to get more flight hours in this next year. They are up to their ears in COVID stuff still with ever changing regulations but he has been able to make headway with the Italian garbage union. Garbage was a huge issue at Support Site. He’s getting schools ready to open now, that’s a job. Tomorrow we are watching his live Town Meeting on the web. The fun never stops. 

Comment by Glenni on May 12, 2021 at 10:52pm

Helomom, I love the fact that your son is still flying! That's the kind of career my son hopes to have!

M's Mom, when we lived in Peru they had Ceviche mixto that had "pulpo" in it. Pulpo is spanish for octapus. It was cut up pretty small, but you it still had a very distinctive rubbery texture that was hard to get past for me.

Comment by M's mom on May 7, 2021 at 11:52pm


Wow, I didn't know your son flew fixed-wing planes as well as helos!  I've heard that flying helos is completely different than flying a fixed-wing, so he must be a talented pilot!  Hope he gets to fly more soon.  

Sounds like you've already seen many of the things I want to see in England.  I'm into history, so would love to tour some old fabulous castles, Stonehenge, Sutton Hoo, etc. My son will be stationed about 90 miles north of London, closer to Cambridge.

I've seen videos of the Scottish highlands, just lovely.  Lots of history in Scotland, too.  Not keen to eat haggis, though.--haha   My niece studied a semester abroad at St. Andrews in Scotland and loved it there. She had to have her mother send her some jars of peanut butter, because they didn't have it in Scotland.  Her Scottish friends thought it tasted awful, and must be an acquired taste!   I thought the same thing, the one and only time I tasted vegemite!!  

But that is one of the best things about international travel--trying the local foods!  We had some GREAT food in Japan, and enjoyed sampling as many things as we could.  I did draw the line though, at anything that looked like....tentacles.   I might have liked octopus, if it weren't so obvious that's what it was!   haha

Comment by Helomom on May 7, 2021 at 10:38pm

M's Mom - Unfortunately we didn’t. He wasn’t even there for a week and had a heavy schedule with classes, sims, and studying. He is flying the C26 Metroliner, not helos this tour. With COVID19 stuff to handle and flight restrictions he hasn’t had much chance to fly. He is hoping that as things improve, he will be able to fly more. One of the perks of these orders was that it was a flight billet. Hahaha. But restrictions did ease up a bit this week. They were able to get away to Sorrento. Still can’t leave the region though. 

That is great news about your son! You will LOVE England. We were there for a week in 2019. Saw lots of the sights in London, took a Windsor Castle tour, went to Bath, Stonehenge, and toured Highclere Castle and surrounding area where Downton Abbey was filmed. We stayed in a hotel across the street from the Tower of London and had a view of the Tower Bridge from our room. We want to go back and see more at some point. Scotland is definitely on our list. 

Comment by M's mom on May 7, 2021 at 10:05pm


I hope you got to visit with your son when he was in Texas!  That's great that he may still get some helo flying time.  I thought once the aviators got promoted up to a command rank, that they were pretty much done flying, and only "flew a desk," as they say.  

My son, who is presently at Ft Meade (Baltimore) with Cyber Security, just got "verbal" orders, (not official yet) that he will be transferring to an intel position in England in one year!!  Hubby and I have always wanted to visit the UK, especially Scotland!  Hopefully, things will be back to normal by then. 

We will probably do as we did when he was stationed in Japan--wait a year or so to let them learn to get around and check out the best places to see, and then plan a visit!  He and his wife were great tour guides in Japan.  Daughter-in-law had learned "getting around" Japanese by then, and they had figured out the excellent Japanese cross-country train system, so we had a blast riding the Shinkansen (bullet train), and seeing as much as we could.

I told my son that at least he knows how to drive on the LEFT side of the road already, as they do in Japan and the UK.  It was so weird riding in a vehicle with him in Japan, and the steering wheel in on the right side!  (Glad I wasn't driving!)

Hope you get to visit your son and family in Italy soon!  

Comment by Helomom on May 7, 2021 at 4:58pm

My sometimes a pilot Naval aviator was in Texas for the week last week. It was nice to have him in CONUS for a short time but he has been back at the grind in Italy this week. He was stateside getting his sim time in and his requalification completed. If the COVID situations improve in EUR he might get more time in the cockpit. 3 PCR COVID19 test to get here, 3 PCR COVID19 tests to get back and they had to send his driver to pick him up as not many trains are running. Sure wish we could go visit, haven’t seen them all in person since March 2020. Someday…


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