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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).  


RTC Graduation

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

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


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My son is in this division.  He shipped out of New Orleans on 7/10.  I finally received the form letter today!  Looking forward to meeting others who have loved ones in this division.

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Great to finally have a division to join. My son shipped out of California on July 10th also. Got letter today too and have letter ready to send out tomorrow. Are you going to PIR? We are driving out from N. California. Making it into vacation as well as seeing son. Looking forward to meeting everyone.

I dont know how long we will have with our son. He goes to FL. I think he will be AE. What about yours. Glad to have some others to share the journey with.

Do you know how what their liberty is going to be if their A school is in Great Lakes? My boyfriend is in this division and has his school there -Boatswains Mate- and I'm not sure how many nights I need for my hotel! :) 

Hi EmilyNicole - My son is QM and his A school is in Great Lakes.  We should have them all weekend.  Remember they need to be back to each night.  After PIR they need to check in/move to their new location at Great Lakes, then it is my understanding we have them after that.  We plan to stay until Sunday. 


Okay, thanks!!! Yes, I heard that curfew is 9:30pm each night but they can be picked up first thing in the morning. Guess I'll have to reserve a few more nights!

here is a link to a facebook group that you may want to join. There are people on it now from all the active PIR groups as well as several people who have already had PIR who help answer questions. Just be sure to keep coming to this N4M's page and share any letters and info you have received and to ask questions that other may benefit from as well. Some people do not have facebook and you want to meet them and get to know them as well :-)  Thanks everyone and welcome to your PIR group page. There is also a Navy for Moms group on facebook and a Navy Mom group on facebook but I am not sure if they are closed groups or not.

If you want a facebook group that is for your individual PIR or Divisions please start that group yourself, make it a closed group and let people ask to join. Don't go to one that others have created because you have no way of knowing who they are or if they really have someone at bootcamp or in the Navy. You always want to be safe when online and no matter what site you are on please don't discuss ship movement or give specific dates. 

Welcome Laurie and Jordansmom, I was getting lonely!  We are definately going to PIR. Since my daughter and fiancee will be joining us, I needed a 2 bedroom.  I just booked the Residence Inn in Waukegan.  They did not offer a military discount on the 2 br, but that is what I need.  Alex's rating is QM, quartermaster. From what I understand it has a lot to do with navigation.  His A school is in Great Lakes, so we should get the whole weekend together.  Laurie, what is AE?

Thanks Hopefully all of us will get at least a couple days.

Hello there. Booked a room at the Ramada last night. There is a meet and greet there from what I understand on Thurs night before PIR. That will be wonderful to see and meet everyone. AE is Avaition Electronics. From what my son told me he will be working on all the electic parts of airplanes and such. Sounded great to me. I am so looking forward to getting to Illnois, it just isnt coming fast enough. Are you traveling far? We are in N. California by San Francisco. So good to be able to share things with people going through the same steps.

Hi Pambrose, we are in Lake County, by Ukiah.

Awesome My son left out of Houston July 10th and I received his letter yesterday .I think it was more realistic then the box just to see his hand writing .We are going to PIR but we are flying in on Sept.6. Great lakes is 933 miles away .it'll be the first time my family ever flew together so we are getting a little excited about the trip . Plus knowing my son is living his dream is a plus . My son is a Sea Bea  is there any other sea bea moms out there ? . I hope to hear from you guys soon.Be strong and God bless .  

Welcome Elana - We will be flying in on 9/6 also.  I plan to attend Sarge's meet and greet Thursday night.  I heard he is very informative.  My son is QM which has to do with navigation, so I guess he will be on a ship most of the time.  I have heard of Sea Bees.  What do they do?



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