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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 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 3/07/2022**

Mask Mandate has been lifted but you are still required to be vaccinated.


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Its not like parents get to tour boot camp, lol I just wish I knew more about his day to day. I'm aware that he will be pushed to the limit and the whole "knock you down to build you up" I guess I'm just looking for some way to feel connected to him. He completely packed his room before he left and the site of it brings me to tears. The last few weeks all I did was worry about spending as much time with him as possible. I didn't realize I'd have questions after he left... I am hearing about a phone card. Are these necessary? I want to send one if so. Does anyone know if in boot the kids have a day or half a day off? 

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Hi, My son just graduated so I have some insight. First of all, they keep them up for 48 hours straight. By the end of that 48 hours, they'll have been processed and will have their military I.d. At graduation, my son showed me his I.d. and I almost cried. His eyes were large and droopy with dark circles and his mouth was down turned. It reminded me of when he was a baby and about to cry. Same thing with his navy pic.he was in a leadership position that day and was quietly discussing the plan with his partner. A kid reported them to the chief petty officer who then yelled at him and said he could not call us (it was fathers day) This was really hard, as they only get to call you every couple of weeks and only for 15 min. No need for a phone card. However, he moved passed that and turned a corner and things got better. I sent letters most every day. I made copies of pictures and then used that as my stationary. Graduation finally came and it was a great day. I stayed at navy lodge and they were wonderful. It's $65.00 and 1 mile from the gate. The sarge dinner was OK, but if you read the site, it gives you all you need to know. My son is very busy at A school now. He has his cell phone. When I asked him how it's going, he said "awesome!! They don't treat me like a little kid anymore!". :-). They only have a little time off on Sunday mornings to write letters or go to church. Your son will be fine, but it is difficult for all at first. Take care!

I seen you said your son graudated what air lines did u use

Thanks for sharing your experience!

In boot camp there is no such thing as full day or half day. He is no longer in school. They will neat them until they cannotover any more. The are kept up 48 hrs. straight. If they get the privlage to use the phone. They may have to run a mile to get to it. It could also be on a first come basis. I don't want to sugar coat this for you because it's going to be ruff. Write as much as possible. You may only get a few in return. Not only do our children struggle to find their place in life but, we as parents struggle when we need to let go.

Thanks for being rea!l


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