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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 6/23/2022 - MASK MANDATE IS LIFTED -  Vaccinations still required



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I still have to make arrangements for car rental and flight arrangement.  Does anyone know the best sites for affordable rentals and flights.  I will have to complete this task tonight.  Thank you for your response in advance.  Have a wonderful day.....Hooyah!

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I have always had good luck with hotwire, but be sure to check the airline sites too. Also runs specials; sometimes cheaper than the package deals. Good Luck!


Thank you this information will assist me in comparrison shopping.  I appreciate the help :-)
I went with southwest, flying into Milwaukee and rented a car from Dollar off the Southwest site. It all seemed about the same but southwest was more convenient and no bag fees was a plus for me.

Thank you I searched Southwest earlier today and the cost was reasonable.  I am going online now.

I have used to find good deals.

Here are some great tips. First relaize that if you book far in advance you can save a ton of $$. Secondly, go directly to the airline's web site.  It's a lot cheaper. Rental cars, its is far less expensive to rent a car locally rather than paying big bucks. I know for a fact that you can rent for as little as 30 bucks per day. I have lived here since 1981 and know this area like the back of my hand. See the post and comments about me. Sarge is my nickname and I retired from the army with over 20 years service and I'm a seasoned traveler. Flying into milwaukee is always less expensive. Also check Spirit Air and US Airways. Any additional questions feel free to call me anytime. I don't know if its ok to post my number so here it is if you like to call 847-212-0246.  ps don't worry I have unlimited minutes.

Sarge..  Also see post about my free meet and greet every thursday.

I have my arrangements, I am so excited.  I wish I could have taken Southwest, but the best car rental for me was located at Ohara and Southwest did not fly to Ohara.  I am so grateful for all of the great information that I have received in these groups.  I shared the site with two friend that children leave for BC in January.  Thank you.
OldSarge, I am looking forward to meeting you at the meet in greet on November 9th.  I am prior service Marine Corps and my daughter's PIR is on the Marine Corps birthday.  Thanks for the wonderful information that you have shared.


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