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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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ALUMNI OF PIR 09/28/2012 TG 46 — 13 Divisions (307–316, 819, 820 & 946)


ALUMNI OF PIR 09/28/2012  TG 46 — 13 Divisions (307–316, 819, 820 & 946)

This group is for family and friends of SRs who graduated on 9/28/2012. A place to keep up with each other as the journey continues with our Sailors. 


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Betsy, son on Stennis carrier


Location: Great Lakes, IL
Members: 125
Latest Activity: Aug 20, 2014

Welcome to PIR 09/28/2012!

OPSEC, OPerational SECurity, is always of the utmost importance. Please take the time
to read the OPSEC and Community Guidelines. A quick note here: Last Names of Recruits/Sailors are not allowed on this site. If it is different from your Recruits it is still not recommended. First Names and pictures of your Recruit are allowed but remember someone can easily match them up with their "mom". So you might want to consider changing your profile picture.






Discussion Forum

Yokosuka, Japan Anyone?

Started by Stephanie (S-PACT/Yokosuka,JP). Last reply by Maile_N5 Sep 9, 2013. 1 Reply

Ship 02 Division 946

Started by FireTeamLeaderWife aka FTLW. Last reply by Pattylilly Aug 30, 2013. 34 Replies

division shirt

Started by shannon-ship-03-div-315. Last reply by shannon-ship-03-div-315 Oct 5, 2012. 2 Replies

Places to Eat in Great Lakes

Started by FireTeamLeaderWife aka FTLW. Last reply by NavyMomNurse Oct 3, 2012. 3 Replies

Who won the Captain's Cup?

Started by NavyMomNurse. Last reply by Delta Sep 27, 2012. 5 Replies

Ship 03 (USS Hopper) Divisions 315 & 316 (brother divisions)

Started by ellen0502. Last reply by mrsL (Ship 3/Div315) Sep 27, 2012. 146 Replies


Started by diannep. Last reply by LibbysMom Sep 26, 2012. 2 Replies

Picture Pakages

Started by navy momma Sep 25, 2012. 0 Replies

Division 314 phone call!

Started by Steven'smom. Last reply by Kosborne88 Sep 24, 2012. 3 Replies

PIR: What to Wear/Bring and Tips; PIR Reference Group/Forum links; GPS for RTC

Started by FireTeamLeaderWife aka FTLW. Last reply by FireTeamLeaderWife aka FTLW Sep 24, 2012. 2 Replies

After PIR – Liberty; Sailors Departures from RTC

Started by FireTeamLeaderWife aka FTLW. Last reply by FireTeamLeaderWife aka FTLW Sep 24, 2012. 1 Reply

Comment Wall


You need to be a member of ALUMNI OF PIR 09/28/2012 TG 46 — 13 Divisions (307–316, 819, 820 & 946) to add comments!

Comment by Stephanie (S-PACT/Yokosuka,JP) on November 18, 2012 at 1:51am

SeeShell, I agree. It was disappointing. The book itself is very nice but I think the stock photos need to go, and each book should pertain (completely) to the divisions that it is dedicated to. 

Comment by Jainz57 on October 3, 2012 at 12:24pm

Hi Proudmama! Thanks for sharing your PIR story! You should definitely re-post it on the PIR Debriefing forum so others can benefit from your tips and experience! I'll be writing up my experience hopefully soon while it's still all fresh. What an amazing time! Here's the link to the forum:

Comment by Proudmama on October 3, 2012 at 12:53am
I just want to say Thank You to everyone for all your advice and support. We missed the Meet and Greet since we spent most of Thur. Evening picking up family from the airport but fortunately stayed at a hotel nearby. I took everyone's advice about arriving early for PIR but by 6:50 there was a 2 mile line of cars at the front entrance. We passed the main gate and went to Visitor's Center to turn around as advised, but you can actually turn around earlier and go back to the main gate but traveling in the opposite direction. By turning left into the main gate, you have a green arrow and enter thengatenwith maybe 5 cars in front of you. You only need one form of identification for each person but also contract from rental agency which we almost didn't get. After parking, you have another long line to wait in which is partially outside and pretty cold at that hour. Once inside, though, it heats up real quick especially during the ceremony, we were sweating with our jackets and sweaters on! If you are lucky enough to have a member of the family who is in the military , they need to check in at the door on the left or if the are not on the list. My son is active army but at dental school so not in uniform. As an officer, he was able to get all of us and we walked in past all the lines of people and got great seats altogether! The waiting went fast with so much anticipation and excitement. There were a few small children around us and it was tough for the parents to keep them happy and quiet and some had to leave during the ceremony as they became disruptive. The ceremony itself with all the formality and music was simply amazing. As each division was introduced there was a loud cheer but as Div 819 and 820 entered, there was a roar! My heart was bursting with pride! The divisions remained standing the entire time and only those receiving honors have their names announced. When they issued liberty, the place went crazy. We didnt think we'd get to see our son after the graduation as he was staying in GL and had to move to a new ship. We actually had him for almost 2 hours but not enough time to leave and come back so we talked and talked. I wish we had taken more pix inside because once outside, no pictures. Once he left, we went to to closer hotel and waited. He thought he would be finished by 2 or 3. At 4 we got a call he was still waiting to move to his new dorm and around 5 he was released. We had dinner reservations for 5 so moved them and went to Lovell's Restaurant in Lake Forest. It was fantastic and they treated our son like a celebrity. They also have lots of cool memorabilia from Apollo 13. He had a curfew of 10 each night and we made sure to get him back early. There are lots of cars and he wasn't exactly sure how to get back and no running. On Sat. We got him early around 8:30 and had him ALL day. At first, he just wanted to relax in his gym shorts and talk and sit on a couch and watch college football. Later in the day, we hit Target for toiletries and SAMs club for a new iPad and goodies and also walked around Gurnee Mall. He kept talking about a nap but when offered said "no" he was afraid he'd sleep the day away! Wealso wanted a "good" haircut so we did that and got some pizza for a late lunch. 9:00 came too fast and he had to carry all his stuff back to the base. The mama in me sure wanted to help put it all neatly away but he assured me he had it covered. We had a 8am flight home so had to say of goodbyes. Thismtimemwasnt as hard knowing he is doing so well and being able to talk to him although I'll miss his Thur. Letters. For all those moving on,I wish you all .the very best. We have much to be proud about! Hooyah!
Comment by shannon-ship-03-div-315 on October 2, 2012 at 3:07pm

Question...I saw my son's division t-shirt and fell in LOVE with it. I want to buy one. Can some one tell me where and how I can get one. He was in ship 03 Div 315. Thanks!!!

Comment by lovessoccer on October 1, 2012 at 3:00pm

one step down and lots more to go! This forum has been so helpful. Thank you all for your postings information and support. 819 starts A school today. I'm hoping for the occasional informative text when he has time! Now what???


Comment by diannep on October 1, 2012 at 1:21pm

Navymassmom:  Don't think you can order The Keel now (at least, I wasn't able to after my son's PIR once I got back home)....but here is the phone number to call and ask about it and to order the PIR DVD:

847-578-6205  Photo Lab

Comment by ranaeaw (ship 03 div 316) on October 1, 2012 at 10:53am

My daughter ordered her pics and she did order pkg A and when she gave me the pics she used my address for her copy of the Keel.    So it should be coming.   She said she was told 6-8 weeks for it to arrive.  

Comment by Navymassmomship13div313 on October 1, 2012 at 8:15am
How do we order the Keel and dvd?
Comment by diannep on October 1, 2012 at 7:55am

The PIR DVD took about 4 weeks to get to us after my son's PIR.  But I'm sure that time varies from PIR group to PIR group.

Ladies, remember.  If your SR orders Pkg A, The Keel is included for free.  But if you order it, The Keel is not included for free.  At least, that is what we were told.  Also, I tried to order The Keel a week after PIR and they told me too late....couldn't do.  My son had ordered a different pik pkg that didn't include it.

Good Morning!

Comment by sfreemontship13div313 on October 1, 2012 at 12:24am
I was told at least 6 weeks to get the Keel and DVD. They are already behind and the 9/28 PIR was the second largest group of the year so that is lots of stuff o process and ship!!

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