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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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Seamen Recruits are here getting medical treatment for minor injuries. FIT DIV is also in this area. 

Location: RTC Chicago, IL
Members: 203
Latest Activity: Jul 20

It's hard not knowing! That is the purpose for this group. Most likely if you are here your SR has had trouble keeping up or not passed a PFA due to some sort of minor medical issue. Often it stress fractures bringing SR's here. Know this when you don’t get a call that is a very good thing. Calling them is not a good thing and it can negatively impact your SR to have his or her “Mommy“ calling!  They are harder on them in this DIV than any other. They want them up and out. The best thing you can do is sends tons of mail. Send scripture and motivational mail. I know my SR said reading the Bible was considered a sign of weakness here. When you get a tearful call motivate. Stay positive and encourage you SR. This is a small detour to greatness and getting the I'm a Sailor call!  Recruit family and friends…“Navy mom friends are the best“…to send your SR mail as well.  NMH for you all!!

Discussion Forum


Started by Navyvet. Last reply by Navyvet Jul 13, 2021. 2 Replies

My daughter left June 30, 21 ended up being sent to the ER before going to RTC to have her gall bladder removed. She left the hospital on July 5th and is now in RCU. I have not heard from her to see…Continue

Looking for an explanation of the RCU process- please share your insight!

Started by KarinD Mar 18, 2021. 0 Replies

My son was sent to the RCU unit on 3.8.21 for having an inhalant in his medical record for treatment of bronchitis/pleurisy when he was 15 yrs old.Would someone be kind enough to explain the process…Continue


Started by Katrina Dec 13, 2019. 0 Replies

My SR just came into the RCU from hospital..the good news he is recovering, The 'mom' thing is "OMG"...normally so healthy...eek! I don't know the process, and of course want to know that full…Continue


Started by Katrina Dec 13, 2019. 0 Replies

My SR just came into the RCU from hospital..the good news he is recovering, The 'mom' thing is "OMG"...normally so healthy...eek! I don't know the process, and of course want to know that full…Continue

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Comment by AmyLynn on August 5, 2019 at 9:56am

Spoke with my recruit yesterday, he is in better spirits and beginning to feel better with the medications for pneumonia.  but feeling so defeated. His appointments with DR keeps getting pushed back and now they assigned him to a neurologist and cardiologist?

I feel so helpless! My recruit is afraid of the  domino effect and his future in the Navy. He is in limbo line about when he can continue training, and upset because he is clueless about will this setback  prevent him from going to A School.

He signed up for the Navy as a Junior, attended all DEP meetings, gave firm referrals and it doesn't seem fair to yank his job due to the waiting game.

Sorry.. Just getting frustrated and sad for him.

Comment by B'sNukeMoM⚓️MMN(Vet) on July 23, 2019 at 7:13pm

AmyLynnn - rest and meds is the best thing for your son right now.  He needs to get healthy!  Remind him that this is just a minor setback - no big deal.  He'll get through this and be stronger because of it.  He's got this!

Comment by AmyLynn on July 23, 2019 at 6:29pm
Update: My SR has pneumonia and is on dr orders approximately 20 day rest, and meds. Then join a new divison and finish. Prayers please he is so sad.
Comment by Sarah's Human on June 20, 2019 at 9:51am
That’s fantastic RALVA! And I’m thrilled that RCU appears to be run by better staff than when my son was there. Every Sunday calls would’ve been soooooooooo nice.
Comment by Sarah's Human on June 16, 2019 at 6:26pm
@SuziP and RALVDA: I’m thrilled that RCU is being managed by good staff now!! My son was there five months and never got to read a single novel. He’ll be stunned at that news.

When we got our son’s first call home it was like I could finally breathe after weeks of holding it. So glad you both have that relief too.

RALVA: my boy said his boots never looked as good as when he was in RCU. ;-)

Hang in there! Hope lots more good news is coming very soon.
Comment by B'sNukeMoM⚓️MMN(Vet) on June 14, 2019 at 4:22pm

If they are given a new PIR you should be able to attend.  Depending on how long they are in RCU they could be sent directly to their A school with no PIR. 

You won't know this until they have recovered.

Comment by B'sNukeMoM⚓️MMN(Vet) on June 14, 2019 at 2:35pm

RCU will definitely be a test of their mental fortitude.  Do whatever you can to encourage them to stay positive.  They can get well and back with their division (or moved to another division depending on how much time elapses) - it happens all the time.  They must be strong!  Hang in there!

Comment by 2BoysMomTN on June 13, 2019 at 10:23pm
Hi everyone. We were set for PIR on 7/19 but I got the call earlier in the week that my son has been moved to Ship 4, DIV 741. He has a minor medical issue that most likely is going to require an outpatient procedure. He is very bummed. It happened in week 4 and he was sounding happier than I've heard/seen in a couple of years. One of the petty officers told him they might SEP him until he gets procedure on own or it goes away (can happen but no set timeframe or guarantee). This has him very upset. That is the last thing he wants to happen! I was glad to see 741 is minor medical while they heal. That brought some comfort. Others have said this can also be a psych test pass ?? He has appt on 6/17 so I hopefully will hear from him. Any info/advice is most appreciated!! Thx!
Comment by Sarah's Human on June 13, 2019 at 5:04pm
RALVDA2019, the other mom whose SR just went into RCU is SuzyPWarrior.
Comment by Sarah's Human on June 13, 2019 at 5:01pm
RALVDA2019, my son completely severed his right fibia and though RCU is no fun at all, he healed well and is moving forward. It’s a rough time for our kids and us parents but unless your SR has an unknown bone issue there shouldn’t be any long term problems.

There’s another mom whose son is in RCU right now who is reading and posting here. When my son went into RCU I met a mom whose son was in at the same time and having her to talk to helped tremendously. Look at the end of the top thread and if you like, send her a private message.

Hang in there. RCU is hell but your SR can make it through.

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