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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 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).  

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 8/25/2022 - MASK MANDATE IS LIFTED.  Vaccinations still required.


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 Allison on September 17, 2022 at 9:48am

Thank you Helomom for sharing the story of your trips and your DS's career. It's wonderful to read about the life of an experienced naval officer when my DS is in the early years! 

Comment by Glenni on September 16, 2022 at 9:18pm

He hopes to fly the SeaHawk. He's still in A pool waiting for NIFE. So although his preference is the SeaHawk, he'll get whatever they give him ---

Comment by M's mom on September 7, 2022 at 5:52pm

Thank you, Glenni

What does your son fly?

Comment by Glenni on September 7, 2022 at 9:05am

Helomom, what an amazing trip!! Im so thankful you were able to create such great memories! We island hopped through Greece about 35 years ago - my dad took us on an amazing trip through Europe when my husband graduated from seminary. But we weren’t on a cruise. I think the cruise sounds amazing. You must be so proud of your son! I am so grateful for all the help and encouragement you have given me as my son is beginning his aviation career. I pray this final year will go smoothly for your son, and that all the pieces will fall into place for his retirement!

M’s Mom, congratulations on your son’s promotion! I hope that his stay in England is a good one. 

Comment by M's mom on September 1, 2022 at 12:54am

Helomom:   Wow!   What an awesome trip, and a transatlantic cruise to Rome!   I have only cruised to Alaska and to the Bahamas, but never across the entire "pond," (as the British say.)  Italy is on my bucket list, so I'm jealous!   How wonderful that you were able to spend so much time with your family, and be there for graduation.

Sounds like your son has quite a busy command schedule with enormous responsibilities, but I'm sure he does a great job.  Hopefully, corporate life will much less stressful for him, compared to a naval base commander!   Will your son be looking for jobs close to your city after retirement?  

Comment by Helomom on August 31, 2022 at 6:25pm

 Hi CheriH and M'mom - Yes, we were finally able to visit the kids and grandkids in Italy! Had an absolutely fabulous time. We left Seattle on April 15 for Ft. Lauderdale and took a transatlantic cruise to Rome. After a train ride south, we spent two weeks touring the area with our daughter-in-law during the day and evenings at their house visiting with family. Purely by happenstance we were there for Prom! There must have been a dozen kids and parents gathered at the house for pre prom prep. Our daughter-in-law's mother and sister were arriving our third week for their first visit so we had planned to take a Greek Islands cruise and give them their own special time. Two train rides, a 10 day cruise and we were back at the base. We moved over to the Navy Lodge a couple of blocks from their house. Spent another week touring the area before graduation. 70 students in the graduating class. Graduation exercises were at the MWR park which is located in an extinct volcano crater. Our son was the commencement speaker. Post grad dinner was at a beautiful hotel overlooking the bay next door to the Italian Air Force Academy. Wonderful evening followed by a relaxing weekend including dinner at yet another winery, there are lots of wineries. Our granddaughter will be attending college in Oregon in September so she will be fairly close! We arrived back home on June 8, just in time for our other grandson's graduation here.

Things have settled into more of a routine for our son. While we were visiting he had a big base inspection conducted by a group from DC. Then there were meetings with the man who owns the support site base about facilities updates needed, the mayor, a quick trip up to Rome for a meeting with the Italian government, an aircraft carrier visited and 5,000 sailors needed entertainment and transportation, a small congressional delegation visited. He is a busy guy but we did get an idea of his responsibilities. We had the chance to visit his other base about 2 hours north and poke around that coastal city. Went to see his office at the Ops site next to the international airport, very cool. The three of us took a three day road trip to see the city of Matera featured in the beginning scenes of the latest James Bond movie. We stayed two nights in a cave apartment next to where the action took place. Through all this we got to listen to his decision to leave the Navy. He just feels like this is the right time. It’s been a really good life but realistically if he puts off retirement he would just be older and looking for something else to do. Better to be in your 40's and talking to companies instead of in your 50's. He is looking at the corporate world, that’s where he has the most connections.

So next summer we are heading back to Italy for his retirement ceremony and change of command!

Comment by CheriH on August 31, 2022 at 4:34pm

Congrats M's Mom!  So exciting to hear about his accomplishments and career!! 26 years!  What a career.  I remember you were one of the first to welcome me when my DS was selected for an Aviator path 11 years ago.  I so appreciated your (and others) welcome, advice and words of wisdom when I was a newbie! All the best as he transitions and finds his new path!

Comment by M's mom on August 30, 2022 at 8:46pm


Yes, it does seem that time has flown since our sons were both on the Vinson at the same time!  Hope your son's command situation in Italy is improving.  I recall you posting that he had a nightmare to deal with during the COVID pandemic with trash removal, etc.  Hope you were able to attend your grandchild's graduation in Italy as you had hoped.   

Congrats to your son on retiring at 26 years!  He has had quite a career.  I know he is a pilot; is he looking into flying after the Navy?  I know he was a helo pilot, but I think you had written that he was transitioning to fixed wing?  If he is interested in the airlines, I know they are scrambling for pilots right now and offering big bucks.  The airlines love military pilots.  In fact, most corporations love hiring ex-military for any position, because they know they will get the job done.  Your son will probably be able to find a great job in any location he chooses to live!   Keep us posted!

Comment by proudmom on August 30, 2022 at 7:52pm

M's mom - I enjoyed your brag :) Congratulations!

Comment by Allison on August 30, 2022 at 7:46pm

Congratulations M's Mom! Sounds like your son has had a great career!


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