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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.

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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Just got my letter from our SR made us so happy :)!  Heading to Great Lakes for the PIR in April and can't wait to see him.

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Yeah me either!!! Lol,
Does anyone know about the marina/campground there and if dogs are permitted or not? O have sent an email to them to find.out but haven't heard anything yet, And I know some of you have been through this before. Any info will help.....

Glad I wasn't the only one doing the purse thing.  It sat on my nightstand beside me during the night and then I put it in my purse when I went out today.  Are we pitiful or what?  LOL  I still haven't read the letter,,,just the part he actually wrote.  And mine was extremely neat also.  They are growing up and changing already. 

First thing I did was copy it on my computer and hung one copy  on the frig and another on my vanity. :)  And I too have yet to read the entire letter with the information about graduation.



You are too smart but I am headed to the copier right now!!!!

I confess, I have read the whole thing about graduation and all, started looking things up to make my plans....... We will be driving from NY, so need to iron things out.... But great idea, would be easier to copy then carrying it around...... Thanks you all keep me sane!!!!!

I have read the whole thing and I find myself re-reading his letter.  I guess I think I might have missed something.  I like the copy idea, I will definitely do that so I can have one with me all the time.

where in NY??  i am from about 60 miles south of buffalo and we will also be driving

Albany area.... We have family in old orchard area. You are about 5hrs ahead of me!!! Lol

lol yes, we are quite a bit closer than you :-)  you will have quite a drive!

Yeah but we are so excited to see him, California wouldn't be to far!!!Lol. I'm sure we all feel the same... :)

Okay...I'm totally frustrated.  There are too many hotels and too many various reviews.  I'm terrified to pick a hotel sight unseen and have it be unacceptable.  I know I'm posting where you are all in the same boat I am, but I just had to blow off steam!!!


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