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Link to Navy Speak - Navy Terms & Acronyms: Navy Speak

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 - 2020**

Due to COVID there is no public PIR. The graduations are on Thursday, and the video of the graduation is posted on RTC's FaceBook on Friday at approx 3pm. Please keep in mind that a division may need to complete additional quarantine during training which will delay their graduation.

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.

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Son just called.  The worst two minute call of my life.  He has a stress fracture on his left ankle and is in RCU for 6 weeks.  He started to cry a little at the end of the call which totally broke my heart.  The worst was hearing him say don't come for graduation, I am injured.  Hoping he has a speedy recovery and can get back to training. He has wanted to be a Sailor his whole life and I really hope this doesn't derail him.

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I just sent you a direct message on your my page!

*hug* I've been in your shoes, Abby. *hugs* My son called the night before battlestations - I was literally packing for PIR! He's been in RCU with a stress fracture since 7/12. My son's now in phase 2, meaning he's off crutches and allowed to pedal a stationary bike gently. Next week, he'll hopefully move to phase 3 and be allowed to run on a treadmill, as long as there's no pain. We hope and pray he'll graduate at the end of September (he'll be set back 3 weeks to catch up).

You'll get through this and so will your son. The people in RCU are fantastic and he's getting top-notch medical care, I promise. Send him lots and lots of mail. They're allowed to call home every other Sunday in RCU. You'll get a call on the 26th.

Thanks for the messange Inkiri.  It's a little hard to take.  I'm hoping things go smoothly with his rehab.  So will they be sent back to the beginning of training of where they left off when they got injured?  He was only starting week 3 so not too far in.  I just hope he keeps his chin up.  Good to hear the care is so good.

They seem to set recruits back on a case-by-case basis after RCU. Your son will have more info in the next few weeks.

Hi Abby, I hope your son is getting through his recovery.  I just posted for information as well.  My son is also in Ship 04 Div 741 recovering from knee surgery that he had to have after he got his full leg cast off & slipped a couple days later.  He is a fighter & determined to get to A school.  I just worry about the run & battle stations he has to complete.  Last I heard, it will take at least 4 months of recovery which puts his graduation into 2019.  That is a long time not to see my son when I was so excited to get to see him in July which did not happen.  If he can get through this, I can get through this too.

Hi Leah---

Battle Stations isn't difficult and my son made it through Battle Stations two days after leaving RCU (completely severed fibia, four months to heal.)

If your son's injuries cause him problems with the run the physical therapists will work on that. One PT in particular was very good, my son worked with her, and she makes sure they're ready when she gives the all clear.


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