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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 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).  


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

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


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Here are some posts from JessicaB-SailorMom. She is a veteran on this site who has some wonderful, informative, complete posts.

Comment by JessicaB-Sailor Mom on April 6, 2011 at 6:39pm

The ship number identifies the building they are in (they also have a name of a famous ship, but few refer to them by the name). It's the Division number that is the most important - they will write that on their sailor hat and it will be there forever, throughout their Navy career! But the ship number is important when you send them letters.

There are 14 different "ships" (barracks), and about 12 divisions in each ship, and every one of them has a different address.

The only difference that I know of in the divisions is the 900 divisions are performance divisions...singers, musicians, flag carriers and the 800's divisions...special ops, seals, etc

TG stands for Training Groups (the number of groups or Divisions that graduate on the same day). A Division is approx 88 recruits who live and train together. Their Division number is important, for lots of reasons, but it will ALWAYS define them. They write that number on their lid (sailor hat, aka dixie cup) and that always stays with them, well after boot camp is over! Ship number just identifies the building their barracks are in (each building also has a name of a famous US ship). We won't know how many divisions are in this PIR (Pass-In-Review, aka graduation) group for about a week. It takes a while for them to fill up all the divisions. Those first 4-10 days they arrive are called Processing Days (P-days) and they are not assigned to Divisions until those are over. I hope this info helped!

BTW, a great thing to do while your recruit is in bc is to change your User ID name (go to settings in right hand corner of your page). If others know your Division number and PIR group, they can identify you quicker.

Ship 02 USS Ruben James, Ship 03: USS Hopper, Ship 04: USS Arleigh Burke, Ship 05: USS Theodore Roosevelt, Ship 06:USS Constitution, Ship 07: USS Chicago, Ship 09: USS John F. Kennedy, Ship 10:USS Enterprise, Ship11: USS Kearsarge, Ship 12:USS Triton, Ship 13:USS Marvin Shields, Ship 14:USS Arizona

Comment by JessicaB-Sailor Mom on April 6, 2011 at 6:44pm

This is an excerpt from Arwen-who is former Navy, Married to former Navy, has a son in the Navy and has a son who is in the process of enlisting in the Navy

At this point, unless you're SpecOps/pre-BUDs, no one pays attention to what school the recruits are going to, whether they are nukes or undesignated.

When a group of new arrivals comes in from the airport, they go through a simple sort - those with music or flag/drill experience are shunted off to a 900 division, those going into SpecOps are sent to the 800 division (they only do a dozen or so each year.

The remaining recruits are assigned pretty randomly, mostly as they arrive. Once one is full, the start filling another, so divisions end up with groups of recruits from only a few areas.

Sometimes a division fills, and there are only one or two recruits remaining from the arrival group. They are held as the first recruits for the next division.

That's how random it can be.

That is also how divisions are assigned to ships. There are 12 barracks per ship. They fill a ship with divisions as they arrive, and when full, move to the next ship. The ships are not filled in order, because they were not built in order. The last of the new barracks was completed only 6 months ago, .

There are two ships that are not filled like this.
Ship 6 contains ONLY 900 divisions. It contains all of the music practice rooms and instruments. One division per PIR group lives here.
Ship 5 (formerly 17) is for sailors who are being held for medical treatment, for extra training, or are being processed out for medical or legal reasons. Some injured sailors actually complete their training from Ship 5 (formerly 17), others are assigned to new divisions when they are ready. It is often called the boringest ship in the Navy, because they're not in training and have nothing to do but sit around - literally.


Ship 6 is now RCU-Recruit Convalescent Unit-where sick or injured recruits go to heal and be cycled back into another TG.

Ship 5 is for those recruits in the process of being discharged from Boot Camp. It is also for THU-Temporary Holding Unit-where new graduated Sailors go if they are on hold for "A" school. (They are in separate quarters from those being discharged.)

Ship 2 houses the 900 DIV.


Someone asked about CVN numbers recently and I researched it. I thought I would add this on (I know it makes it longer!) for you history buffs! One mom sent it to her recruit! Hope you like!

The "C" stands for "Cruiser". The "V" for the "v" in aViation or Voler (means "to fly"). "N" is for Nuclear.

Ship 02 USS Reuben James - DD-245 Destroyer, Clemson-class.  DE-153 Destroyer Escort Buckley class. FFG-57 Guided Missile Frigate. Named for a Boatswains Mate and his heroism against Barbary Pirates. Here is the Wikipedia link to BM Reuben James: .   She is in the movie The Hunt for Red October. Here is the link for the USS Reuben James’:

Ship 03 USS Hopper - DDG-70 Guided Missile Destroyer.  Arleigh-Burke class. Named for Rear Admiral “Amazing Grace” Hopper. Here is her Wikipedia link:

Ship 04 USS Arleigh Burke - DDG-51 Guided Missile Destroyer. Named for Admiral Arleigh A. Burke. She is the lead ship in the Arleigh Burke class. Here is her Wikipedia link:

Ship 5 USS Theodore Roosevelt - CVN-71 Multi-purpose Aircraft Carrier Nimitz class-active

Ship 6 USS Constitution - To honor her unique historical status she was reclassified to "none" as of 1 September 1975. IX 21 originally. Frigate-First commissioned 1794. Here is a link to the Wikipedia about "Old Ironsides":

Ship 7 USS Chicago - There have been four. Three were cruisers CA-14; CA-29; CA-136 and one submarine - SSN-721. Here is a Wikipedia link:

Ship 9 USS John F. Kennedy - CVN 67 This one is decommissioned. It is a Kennedy-class supercarrier, lead ship. There is a new one planned for launch in 2019, CVN-79 Ford-class, first steel cut. Here is her Wikipedia link:

Ship 10 Enterprise -  There have been eight. The two pictured around the quarterdeck of BLDG 7115 of RTC are CV-6 and CVN-65. Here is a Wikipedia link:

Ship 11 USS Kearsarge - CV-Fleet Aircraft Carrier, CVA-Attack Aircraft Carrier, and CVS-Antisubmarine Aircraft Carrier. #33 each time she was classified. Long hull Essex-class.  Decommissioned and scrapped. Here is her Wikipedia link:

Ship 12 USS Triton - There have been five. Attack submarine is the third SS-201, the fifth SSRN/SSN-586 this is the current attack submarine-nuclear powered. SS 201 link: . SSRN/SSN-586 link:

The first was a tug-1889, here is a link: . The second also a tug: . The fourth a steel-hulled diesel powered Coast Guard patrol boat- turned over to the Navy in 1941. Her last number was WMEC-116. Here is a link to her history:

Ship 13 USS Marvin Shields - FF-1066 Knox-class frigate.  Named after the only Seabee to win the Medal of Honor, CM3 Marvin Glenn Shields. Link to the USS Marvin Shields:

Link to CM3 Marvin Glenn Shields story: 

Ship 14 Arizona - BB-39. Battleship, Pennsylvania class. This is the one that lies in Pearl Harbor. I had the honor one year to go and stand over her at the memorial site. There was one before her that was destroyed by fire. Here is her Wikipedia link:

*I have taken this information from my search on the internet. Wikipedia and History being my main sources.  I do not know the location of any of the active vessels and so that information is NOT posted. All information posted is public knowledge.

**BTW, this was TONS of fun and informative! I will be going back and reading further!

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