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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).  


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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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Separate division for the SR's who have injuries/ fractures and are on light duty and unable to be with their original division

Members: 28
Latest Activity: Feb 11, 2023

Discussion Forum

Vision Waiver

Started by Proudmomofsailor79. Last reply by Proudmomofsailor79 Oct 2, 2019. 2 Replies

My son was just sent to RCU as he didn't pass his vision exam on intake. He is currently pending a waiver to proceed in boot camp. He required a waiver when he went through MEPS. Anyone have…Continue

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Comment by KC'smom on January 6, 2016 at 10:29pm
Yes!!! I sent a letter I think every day while my son was there. That's when they need it most. You'll need the new address though.
Comment by Patrice on January 5, 2016 at 11:52pm

can i write my daughter while she's in RCU

Comment by Patrice on January 5, 2016 at 11:51pm

hello everyone, just joining 

Comment by camtype on September 7, 2014 at 11:25pm
Sorry to hear about your son, Lisa. Definitely not how we thought this was going to go, ha? I have been writing him a letter every day and trying to help him believe he can do this, but I get the feeling he is losing hope and second quessing everything. Doc says it will probably take longer than the 8 weeks to heal as oringinally thought. He hadnonly been in bootcamp for 2 weeks when this happened. Hang in there, and I hope your son Jacob heals up quick!
Carolyn (Joe's mom)
Comment by hfranger on September 7, 2014 at 2:39pm

my son was also transferred into div 2341 for a stress fracture about 2 weeks ago. He is signed up for the Navy Diver program. I know exactly how you feel. He is also really devasted and very upset and bored. Keeping him focused and upbeat is really hard. Maybe they know each other. I spoke to him for a short time yesterday and it seemed like nothing I could say was right.
Thank you KC's mom for your post. It made me feel a lot better
Lisa (Jacobs mom)

Comment by camtype on September 5, 2014 at 9:36pm
Thank you KC's mom for your comment. All information helps! The not knowing is so hard. Will keep the letters going.
Comment by KC'smom on September 5, 2014 at 9:45am

Yes, I have experience! My son had a stress fracture as well.  He was DEVASTATED!.  It tore him away from the group of people that he had bonded with and he never saw them again.  He was held up 6 weeks in the recovery "ship" and was bored out of his mind.  He was absolutely miserable there.  I worried so much about him.  Some really cool things came out of this injury we found out later.  1.  For starters, he spent I think every day at the pool getting water therapy. The man that worked there was an ex-navy diver.  He taught my son some excellent swimming techniques while they passed the time.  Well, as it turns out my son was selected for an aircrew position and had to go to Aircrew Candidate School in Pennsacola.  He had to go through rigorous swimming tests and diving tests and water tests.  He passed ALL with no problem at all ( he was never a swimmer back home).   So I thanked God for the opportunity he had - special 1-1 training during that 6 weeks.  2.  Also, because he graduated boot camp 6 weeks later he missed his original A school date.  We were so worried he would be re-assigned to something else.  He still was able to attend his original A school and met a young lady in the Air Force, fell in love and now they are married and VERY happy.  If he started at his original date they would not have been in the same class.  I feel all things happened for a reason and am grateful looking back.  it was awful to live through though.  Send him a letter EVERY day.  He needs to hear from you- words of encouragement.  You can't tell him everything will be okay b/c we don't know that.  Just be present and pray.  I hope he pulls through okay. 

Comment by camtype on September 2, 2014 at 6:36pm

Got a call from my son 2 weeks ago that he has a stress fracture in his ankle and was being transferred to Ship 04 Div 2341.  He was very upset and in his letter said it could take up to 10 weeks.  Finally got a call from him yesterday and he sounds really discouraged and is losing hope. He says that many recruits end up re-injuring themselves when finally getting cleared to go back to boot camp, then getting discharged. I am trying to boost him back up in our daily letters, but he is soooo discouraged! Has anyone's son/daughter been through this and eventually graduated from boot camp? I don't know what it will do to him if he fails to complete this. He is signed up for the Nuclear Program and was really looking forward to this career in the Navy.

Comment by wifeofasailor1( LS A school) on May 3, 2014 at 8:54am
My SR was supposed to graduate yesterday but tuesday he was put in RCU for a sprained ankle and medical told him it needs to heal. He sounded so sad and devasted but I let him know things happen and to stay positive.
Comment by SMLMOM on May 30, 2013 at 10:00pm

just got a call that my SR is in RCU due to asthma and then he'll be ASMO... more waiting atleast I have an answer, if only partial


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