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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 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).  

Specific information on this policy change will be provided in the coming days and weeks.

We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience and appreciate your support.


RTC Graduation

**UPDATE 6/23/2022 - MASK MANDATE IS LIFTED -  Vaccinations still required


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Curios question, and am probably getting ahead of the game here.  My son is at BC right now and after graduation will be headed to his A school training (sorry about the lingo, still learning) He will be in the SW training division. Do they use or need Laptops in their schooling?  Thinking about getting one for him.   Might there be other things that are a must have at arrival? 

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Hi Skye!  Welcome to the hive!  Need is such a curious word!!  The Navy will supply everything they NEED. Tools, gloves, training aids, computers.... If it is NEEDED then the Navy will provide it.  HOWEVER, Having a laptop or a computer of some type is super helpful for your bee to communicate home, watch movies, play games..... Sadly though they are also easily stolen.  They cannot use a personal computer to do any of their testing since that is classified material.  It is a nice to have but not a Must have.  This is true of all rates.  Most of them want Civies and mine found his body had changed so much that most of the items he "saved" for me to send no longer fit him. (Thinner waist, broader shoulders)  He ended up buying new clothes.  We got him a nice watch since he already had a laptop.  He later got a desktop since it is harder to steal, but that was his choice and his $$.

You are doing fine with the lingo. 

Thank you so much for this info, very helpful and much appreciated. I am surprised the theft thing is an issue.  I would assume they would have a way to lock up belongings, but what do I know.  Good to know about the civies, I was just about to go through his clothes and was wondering what to do with them all.  I will save them ...He is was a boxer and about as fit as one could be...he loses any more weight I will worry!  Again thank you for the info!


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