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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 as of 11/10/2022 PIR vaccination is no longer required.

**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).  


RTC Graduation

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

**UPDATE 11/10/22 PIR - Vaccinations no longer 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.

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PCSing/ Moving

Lets talk about moving, real estate, how to pack, tips, horror stories, the good, the bad, DITY, Semi DITY and commercial moves; and share helpful websites.

Members: 144
Latest Activity: Dec 26, 2017

So much information!

Be sure to look through all the Discussion topics in the Discussion Forum - your question may have been addressed there.  Post your questions in the Comments section, or create a new Discussion for a more general question/topic.  Welcome to the group! 

Discussion Forum

Moving from West Coast to East Coast

Started by van1612 Dec 26, 2017. 0 Replies

We, my husband and I, will be moving from Washington to Virginia due to my husband’s PCS but we have never done this before and it’s a big move. Furthermore, he will be going on a 7 months long…Continue

Moving/Marriage After "A" School

Started by Bronco14. Last reply by Anti M Feb 19, 2016. 1 Reply

Hi ladies,I need some help! I posted this question in the group specific to my sailor's A school but I thought I'd post it here as well since this group is all about moving. My sailor is about half…Continue

repacking boxes & stuff in 2 locations

Started by garden gal. Last reply by Anti M Dec 24, 2015. 1 Reply

Hi, my son got orders to Whidbey island for his first assignment out of A school but was put on hold for security clearance processing.  He was told this could take several month.  Since my son &…Continue

tip for PCS'ing from Camp Lejeune NC

Started by Marcy ~ Corpsman Mom Sep 26, 2015. 0 Replies

For anyone doing a DITY move out of Camp Lejeune NC:  Jane, the manager at Air Station Storage & U-Haul was incredibly knowledgeable about military procedure and paperwork and very helpful…Continue

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Comment by Bronco14 on May 4, 2016 at 1:23pm

Oh sorry abuon I always get confused betwen rate and rank :) He is a corpsman. He has orders for the naval hospital right now but there is a possibility he will get orders to be able to train on the green side rather than the blue side. If that's the case, that's where all this extra training would come in.

I know my place has a military clause and it requires a 30 day notice. I will look more specifically at them and see because the last place we were at required the orders to be PCS, not TDY. But I'm not sure if that's the case with these ones :)

My landlord is a military spouse as well so I am hoping she will understand and we can make something work. Thank you so much for your help!!

Comment by abuon18 on May 4, 2016 at 9:14am
Also - read the military clause carefully. They often have different rules for breaking a lease then the normal terms. I.e. you might have to notify them 60 days in advance instead of 30, you might have to pay the next month's rent depending on when in the month you give them notice....
Comment by abuon18 on May 4, 2016 at 9:11am
Bronco, I'm sorry I meant his rate, what job he is training for, not his rank. Sorry for the confusion!

You will have to check your lease to make sure that you have a military clause in there. Orders for training will count - it doesn't have to be a PCS move, there are lots of reasons that military families may decide they have to break a lease. Orders for training in a different location, deployments, those are all valid. If your lease does not have a military clause though then you might be stuck. If you're unsure, make an appointment with legal on base-they review your lease for free and will advise you. Bring his orders for school and your lease.
Comment by Bronco14 on May 4, 2016 at 9:05am

He is an E3. It would be easy to move to where his school is because I could just live with my family in the area of his schooling. It wouldn't bother me that he couldn't live with me, we are used to that already because of the training he has been through. My only concern with that is we have an apartment here at our current duty station, that we signed a year lease to. I am under the impression that the only way we could terminate our lease under the military clause is if his orders are for a PCS...

Comment by abuon18 on May 4, 2016 at 6:45am
I should add, while he is school, you'll receive BAH for where ever you are living.
Comment by abuon18 on May 4, 2016 at 6:44am
Hi Bronco, what rate is he?
As you know each school is its own set of orders so if they do not individually meet the length requirement the Navy won't pay to move you. So to answer your question, you do not have you stay where you are now, you are free to move where ever you want but the Navy will not pay for it. If you choose to follow your husband, he may not be allowed to live with you.
Comment by Bronco14 on May 3, 2016 at 11:33pm

Help please! This might be too tricky of a question but I'm wondering if any of you have experience with something like this. My husband may have a lot more training ahead of him, consisting of a few different schools that do not add up to 20 weeks on their own and therefore don't qualify as a PCS. However, after all these short trainings, he would have a permanent duty station that is NOT our current duty station. Since I don't qualify for a PCS until then will I have to stay at our current duty station the whole time he is away?

Hope that wasn't too confusing, I know it might be a long shot but I thought I'd ask here!

Comment by Bronco14 on April 25, 2016 at 4:37pm

Oh great advice thank you!! I'll make sure we do that. Thanks a bunch!!

Comment by Anti M on April 25, 2016 at 4:30pm
Before you decide to buy, check for tax rates and such in both areas. Get your loan through NFCU or USAA. Many shady dealers looking for sailors out there.
Comment by Bronco14 on April 25, 2016 at 4:03pm

That's what we're thinking. Actually hubby doesn't have his own vehicle yet, so I'm going to try and convince him to hold off on getting one until we find out if we are leaving or not. :) But if he gets one it'll be a truck that can tow my little car.


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