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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.


Please note! Changes to this guide happened in October 2017. Tickets are now issued for all guests, and all guests must have a ticket to enter base. A separate parking pass is no longer needed to drive on to base for parking.

Please see changes to attending PIR in the PAGES column. The PAGES are located under the member icons on the right side.

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Now that my son has started the process for joining the Navy and is considered a Future Sailor, I want to start collecting things to put into my son's scrapbook.  What kinds of things did you save to put in your scrapbooks for your sailor?  Obviously I don't have much right now, but I did save a couple things out of the DEP folder that he received after he went to MEPS.  Thanks in advance for your response!

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I saved the parking pass from PIR. I also printed pics from the RTC facebook page. I used them to show the different things they did like haircuts, fittings for uniforms, captain's cup. I also started a timeline of dates of his navy career. I buy navy scrapbook stuff where ever I find it. My husband is retired navy so I have done lots of pages.

Oooo I hadn't thought of printing pics of the different events that happen at BC. What an AWESOME idea. The timeline idea is a GREAT way to make it all flow. I'm so GRATEFUL for your advice. I know about K&Co and I think Karen Foster Design having Navy-specific embellishments, can you think of any other companies I should keep my eyes open for Navy-related items? Oh I just remembered that I picked up a set of stickers from WeR Memorykeepers from their new line called Red White and Blue. It is in patriotic colors and has a sticker for each of the services and words like hero and such.

Thanks again for your advice!

I've scrapbooked for years and my kids save everything, in case I want to use it.  I have his DEP stuff, MEPS stuff, letters from BC, plane tickets to go see PIR, etc.  Now that he's on a ship, I can look through his ships posted photos and download.  If there are any awards recieved, they post them and then I download those my son recieves.  He's recieved three awards and one promotion this year.  Certificate goes on one page and photos on the other.  I always do double page spreads.  I guess I'm weird that way.  He's deployed right now, so all I requested was postcards and photos he takes to add to the book. 

I've been using a digital camera for years and recently upgraded to the camera I've been drooling over.  I take tons and then print only the ones I want in the scrapbook and the size I want.  I have used them to make online books for the grandparents and myself.  With digital, options are endless. 

Awesome ideas and suggestions. Thanks so much for sharing. I generally do 2-page layouts too. Have fun with that camera. I'm really hoping to get a new camera really soon.

I saved most of the paperwork from DEP then MEPS and also his Enlistment Papers(I removed personal info) his airline ticket to BC, the Schedule for his PIR and photos etc from PIR....that is all in his Book to date.... now I have his A School photos and information to put in....looking forward to everything from the next years of his career!!...I also used ribbon to detail the paper, one had anchors and the other was red white and blue striped. has lots of Navy embellishments. Their Navy paper packs are awesome!!  I used small photo mats for some of the photos. The Scrapbook came from Amazon....they have a beautiful Navy one with a raised Navy Emblem on the front. :D


These are GREAT ideas. I definitely want to get the Navy album with the raised emblem. I will check out too.

Thanks for the scrap ideas for an album. 


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