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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).  


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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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What's the bestest, funniest, romantic, saddest line your recruit said in their 1st official letter? :)

i know we should've been more prepared by tagging along a tissue box while we read our recruits 1st letters! but there should be a line or two that just made our day, break down our tears and cracked some giggles! share here with everyone :)

mine would be, at the back of the paper he traced his left  hand and said "here's a tracing of my hand, so that i can hold yours. and get to hold u in my dreams. whenever ur sad and missing me, put your hands on top of my hand and know that all will be better soon and next thing you know you'll be holding my hands for real and I would never let go."

i was crying the whole time! people were looking at me while driving and at target (bec. i need to do some errands. lol) but my tears just kept falling! hahaha. hope everyone had a good day today! :)

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I think the best part of his letter was to his sisters. He kept telling me he would not miss them. There is a big age difference. He picked them up from school for the two months before he left because I had surgery and could not get around. He wrote to them that he watches the clock from 1500 to 1530 when he knows they have gotten home from school. He told them how much he loved and missed them. He also told me the food was great and it beat my cooking. lol
I love what your son put made me tear up. My daughters thing was that she kept saying " I miss my bear dog so much, oh and I miss you and dad sososososo much but I miss my bear dog" lol it made me smile though.
Well the sweetest thing my dear said to me was in his "p.s", which stated " you give me strength to keep going on here. I'm going to protect you." <3 he also brought up jupiter, which is the planet we always went outside to look for at night. Every night since he's been gone i'll walk out to the end of my drive way, and send all my love to where he is. :)

the saddest thing i read was"i wish you could get my letters right now. it makes me anxious thinking that you think i haven't written you."

i've written him everyday. i hate sundays tho, cuz of the mail :(
That's adorable! And, I know what you mean about Sundays. They suck.
The first line of the first letter I got from my boy was "I miss you so much it hurts."
Annnnd cue the flood!
haha :P
They apparently don't get mail on the weekend :( but das ok.

awwwwww :(((( i bet. i started crying before i even opened my letter.. :( i was so happy to get my first letter.
The sweetest thing my hubby said was something like " I know we have to be away from each other for a little, but this is nothing compared to the life time of happiness we have ahead. I can't wait babe". And he also told me to listen to "Through Glass" by Stone Sour. He said it kept playing over and over again in his head and it made him think of me, like I was thinking about him all the time even though we couldn't be together. I love when he leaves the xoxoxoxoxs lol. <3


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