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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.


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Awesome Alumni of 2/11/11


Awesome Alumni of 2/11/11

PIR Feb. 11, 2011

Members: 172
Latest Activity: Nov 11, 2015

Discussion Forum

Ribbons - PIR 2-11-11

Started by aprul(ship11,div63). Last reply by J-04/128 Feb 26, 2014. 19 Replies

Hey PIR 2-11-11,I am making ribbons for anyone who wants them. Some of you have requested information from me and I have tried to email or message each of you personally. You can send supplies or some of the ladies are sending money orders. The…Continue

Nuke A School FAQ

Started by NF Mom. Last reply by SailingHi Ship 9 Div 071 Feb 25, 2011. 2 Replies

 Nuke A School FAQ click the Above LinkContinue

who has a Sailor staying in great lakes for A-school???

Started by Mrs Eubank. Last reply by Mrs Eubank Feb 19, 2011. 9 Replies

my sailor is staying in great lakes for AECF and his rate is ET. anyone out there with that or just in great lakes????????


Started by diannep. Last reply by vydeoynkhorne Feb 16, 2011. 150 Replies

This is the final test for your recruits.  When they pass this, they are sailors and trade in their recruit cap for their sailor cap in a capping ceremony afterwards. The ship they do this on was designed by Disney, so it is very realistic. During…Continue

Comment Wall


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Comment by Lexsmom on February 11, 2013 at 8:35pm

Hello everyone! I have been catching up on some of the posts. I remember how N4Ms was the first thing I did when I got home from work. couldnt wait to see  what was going on with my mom friends and to hear about the letters and success of each and every sailor. I want to thank you all for helping me get through that tought time..

My sailor is currently a Corpsman in Lemoore California. She is with VFA-94 and loving life..

Bless you all!

Comment by William in Nashua on February 11, 2013 at 12:05pm

My son is a nuclear-trained ET on the Virginia class attack submarine USS Mississippi in Groton, CT.   He was lucky that was his first choice  and he got it. Like SailingHi's son, it took most of the two years for the nuclear training. He's been on the sub for 5 weeks.    The hours are long. Last weekend he worked  24 hours straight on the sub during blizzard Nemo.  When he came out his car was buried under snow.     

He gave our family a tour of the USS Mississippi when we visited  Groton at the sub base,  which was a very rare opportunity indeed.  It was amazing.  Talk about high tech equipment.  We could not comprehend 5% of what  we were seeing.  The only parts that we already knew what they were,  were the berthing area, kitchen, bathroom and laundry.  We were also lucky to meet his department head (Lt.) who is very friendly and who kidded our son about being on the sub on a Sunday (he had already come in on his own on Saturday to help out with extra work, Lol).    He  really likes being on this submarine and is working hard on his reactor qualifications and submarine warfare pin.    Everyone on the crew is very friendly it is a good bunch.  We met a nuke electrician that was in his graduating class at prototype on the boat that was nice too.  No exotic destinations yet.

SailingHi good to hear from you again and congratulations to Darren on the teaching job.

Good luck to everyone we should keep this group going not just on anniversaries!  It is great to hear from everyone and how your sailors are doing.

Comment by battlebuddy on February 11, 2013 at 11:52am

Good Morning. We were all celebrating 2 years ago today. It's amazing how the time has flown by since Boot Camp. The look of pride on the Sailor's faces is what I will never forget, it still gives me chills when I think about it. My Sailor went to A school in Meridian MS and is a SH (Ships Serviceman) and then came home before heading over to Sasebo Japan in May 2011. He came home after Christmas in 2011 and I went over to Japan in July 2012 for 2 weeks. He has been so many places, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Phillipines, Singapore, Australia just to name a few. His ship is in an ARG (Amphibous Ready Group) & work very close with Marines so they stay very busy. The Navy is probably not going to be a career for him, but he will complete his contract and we will see what life brings for him after that. Still I'm very proud of my Son. Thank you all for all of your support then and now. Here is a clip of my Son when I visited in July. I was able to be on the dock when his ship pulled into port which was so exciting. You might even see he and I hug in the video! :)

Comment by tackijacky on February 11, 2013 at 11:35am

Hope all is doing well....

My son is currently out on a short underway on the USS San Antonio, but is stationed on the USS Wasp. Boy have we had the ups and downs in the last 2 years, he was held at GL for approx. 2 months after graduation for further medical testing due to going into the Submarine field.  Finally, released he was sent to Groton, CT for sub school.  After almost a year (in his 4th of 4 schools) in sub school he got dropped due to falling asleep in class.  He then was sent to the USS Wasp undesignated and was a deck hand.  His ship attended numerous Navy/Fleet Weeks. New Orleans, Ft Lauderdale, NYC, and Boston.  In September he tested for Operations Specialist, and passed so now he is an OS 3rd class Petty Officer, so proud of him for the hurdles he has overcome.  So glad this group has stuck together over the last 2 years.

I also have some other good news, my step daughter will be finishing her first year of college in mid May, and then shipping out to boot camp in Great Lakes on May 28th, so I get to do this all over again.  But super proud of the decisions my kids make, and now double proud Navy mom!

Comment by adm60 on February 11, 2013 at 11:25am

Hello All,

It seems like a very long time and it has been.  I have good news about my sailor. He has done very well and has been on the Carl Vinson since 3 weeks after PIR.  They have been in the Arabian Sea twice I think and of course during the Bin Laden incident.  He is engaged to be married to a fine gal from San Diego and I have seen him three times when he got home to Maine.  I am very proud and happy.  He is an E3 and has earned various pins and recognition.  The ship's site is fun and I scan the site for photos.  So glad to hear the good news of your sailors.  It was wonderful to go through that time period together.  I was in Hawaii two years ago and remember my pride at their accomplishment.  I wish all well and hope we will stay connected always.

Comment by angies on February 11, 2013 at 1:51am

Hi everybody. I, too, am grateful for your continuing friendship. Our daughter was home after Christmas for nine days. Nice to see her, but it was hard to see her torn between two worlds. This is "home" but she's living in the other "home" in Norfolk. She is a helicopter crewman with HM-14 and will be going to Korea in a couple months. Happy anniversary!

Comment by mdubtxmom(Ship 09 Div 069) on February 11, 2013 at 12:48am

Hello everyone.  Hard to believe it has been almost two years since PIR.  Our son Cody is a PS2 (SW) serving aboard the USS Shiloh in Yokosuka, Japan.  He is enjoying his time in the Navy but just wishes he was a little closer to home.  He wasn't supposed to be home fore Christmas (that is what he told me anyway) but his Dad and his sister helped him and they pulled off a big surprise by just walking into my workplace.  Best Christmas present ever.  He has had some big adventures like climbing Mt Fuji and snowboarding at an indoor facility in Yokohama.  He has made port visits in Busan South Korea and Singapore.  His ship just got back from a port visit to Busan where he went snowboarding.  He says that next month his is going to snowboard at Nagano where they had the Olympics.  What an exciting life huh?  Anyway, I am glad to still be in touch with all the Navy Moms and Dads of our awesome PIR group.  That was an experience we will never forget.  It was wonderful to get to meet alot of you in person.  Our group still has a facebook page and we stay in tough a good deal on that page.  We share successes and heartaches and lots of pictures.  It is a closed group but I will ad you when you request to join.  Here is where to find the page.!/groups/110942482335217/397166693712793/?...

Navy RTC PIR 2/11/11 new group


Comment by mamawalrus on February 11, 2013 at 12:27am

Well you awesome Alumni of PIR 2/11/10,, it is now to be our 2 year anniversary!!! I know its hard to keep in touch and be on N4M since we are all seasoned but I hope to find that everyone is doing well.  Please check in with your N4M name and let us know how your Sailor is doing, if they have changed jobs since the beginning, where are they now and if anything big has happened to them during the 2 years!   I am so excited to actually be in touch with many of you and I hope to hear from some of our other members who have not posted in a really long long time.  

My son is Nick and he started out as Special Op but decided it was not where his heart was and left the Pre Buds program and went to a Corpsman.. He duty station is Cherry Point/Camp Lejuene, NC.  He is currently on a deployment to the Middle East somewhere and due to be home hopefully next month.  He is enjoying his job and adventure.  He just earned his FMF pin which is Fleet Marine Force which is a big deal with the Marines and your job.  So that is about it for now.. 

Comment by meagan5220 on January 15, 2013 at 3:29am

texasmom my husband is on the Lincoln! The ship will be in drydock for way longer than they think I bet. lol its in bad shape worse than they would like to admit after having sailors on it for months. Right now the nukes are on crazy hours on the Lincoln. :/ While he may not be on the Lincoln for a deployment chances are high he will get sent out to another ship to get his quals at some point during his enlistment. I know some nukes that were on this deployment that were told they would have to go back for more time to finish their quals. My husband almost got stuck with another 8 month deployment. They told him a week to go to check his orders, for a ship that left today.


Well thats sort of our update. We live in VA, husband is on the Lincoln, and I am currently searching for a job. Its been a mess. The job market here is horrendous for anything that you need a degree for. If you dont have at least a few years of experience you get maybe one job opportunity a month. Its very frustrating. I have a degree in Forensic Science and Psychology and its slim pickings. We didn't get to go home for Christmas but we got to spend our first christmas together. and we ended up getting to go home for a few weeks in September when his ship returned from deployment.

Comment by William in Nashua on January 8, 2013 at 6:55pm

texasmom, congratulations to Josh.  That is wonderful news.  Are you going to the graduation?     My son reported to his new command the attack submarine USS Mississippi in Groton last week.  For the next 4 years on I am going to be like Sgt. Schultz, "I know nothing!  Nothing!".  Lol.   

Josh will go back to regular 9-5 hours or not even, like out by 2pm a lot of days. No more of 12 hour days/7 days a week/7 pm to 7am  and noon to midnight shifts.

Momofahousefull & mamawalrus hope all goes well you are in everyone's prayers I am so glad the ground war is winding down.  


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