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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).  


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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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ChicksMom03 replied to Louisa J's discussion 'SAD' in the group Ship 5 Moms(Formerly Ship 17)
"I haven't heard from son in 6 days. He said he would call me last Saturday, but he didn't. I'm getting worried. He is in the Separation unit. He has refused to take the Covid shot. Any way I can contact him? "
Jul 20, 2022
belovedbyHim left a comment for ChicksMom03
"Welcome!! Please read my blog to give you an idea of what the first few weeks may look like.. Welcome to the Navy... Everything will be ok!  The First part is some things to do before your SR leaves IF you Can, It’s NOT ESSENTIAL! Up and…"
Jul 7, 2022
B'sNukeMoM⚓️MMN(Vet) left a comment for ChicksMom03
"Welcome to!    Head to “Settings” on the main page right away to add a profile image (no last names visible, please) and complete your Profile. Then - and this is important! - read these Community…"
Jul 4, 2022

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A little about me:
My son leaves for Boot Camp in a few days. I'm so proud of him, but also very concerned.I don't have any concerns about him being in the Navy itself, my concern is something else. I won't say, because I don't know how others feel. I don't want to offend anyone.
I am here to support my
Stage of (Sailor’s) Navy career?
Waiting to leave for Boot Camp
When I heard “Navy,” I...
had concerns or fears
Our Navy experience so far...
is challenging and exciting.

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At 2:16pm on July 24, 2022, partyofseven said…


The link did work. Here is the information on Ship 5 and about the separation process.

Ship 5 is for those recruits in the process of being discharged from Boot Camp. It takes 2-3 weeks to be processed out once a recruit is moved to Ship 5 (SEPS). (Join Ship 5 Moms(Formerly Ship 17) and see FAQ about SEPS and for more information.) When addressing letters, use the above address for this Ship, but put "SEPS Male" or "SEPS Female" in place of the Division Number. The address may also include a compartment number, B-02 for a male for example. Ship 5 is also for THU-Temporary Holding Unit-where recently graduated Sailors go if they are on hold for "A" school--those Sailors with a contract for Culinary Specialist (CS) often find themselves in the THU for one to four weeks after PIR. Those in the THU are in separate quarters from those being discharged. Few graduating Sailors are in THU since the change to Friday and Saturday Departures, but some will be sent here while awaiting clearance or to conduct a special physical or while waiting to class up if there is no housing available at the "A" School or for some other reason. Sailors who have passed Battle Stations-21 (BST) after being in FIT or in the RCU go to the THU before heading to "A" School or training with the next PIR group. (See Federal Health Care Center blood collections are also done on Ship 5 when recruits choose to donate blood while at RTC. (See, and

There is more information on FAST, FIT, PASS, RCU, SEPS, and the THU and much more in What does ??? mean? (A Guide to Navy Abbreviations and Terminology).  

At 2:14pm on July 24, 2022, partyofseven said…

Good Morning ChicksMom03,

I am sorry to hear you haven't heard from him yet. Have you now? Here is another link that might help you as well.

 Ship/Division--How it Works.

Let me know if it doesn't work. I'm going to try something else.

At 4:02pm on July 20, 2022, B'sNukeMoM⚓️MMN(Vet) said…

ChicksMom03 - here is the # to the admin office, although I don't know if they will speak with you.  Your son needs to have signed a form giving permission to talk to you.  Try the # and see if you can get any assistance.

I'm also a little confused - it should have been made clear to your son from his recruiter that he would have to have the Covid shot.  If he didn't want it then he probably shouldn't have shipped would have saved you all some trouble.

PUBLIC AFFAIRS 847-688-2405 if no word from recruit they will have them call back!!

At 12:47pm on July 11, 2022, Chipmunk said…

Chicksmom03- I highly recommend that you come join us in the Boot Camp Moms (and loved ones) - Navy For Moms (  group here on this site. Click on the blue letters and go to the group page. Then in the upper right corner click on the join button. If you will scroll all the way down the BC Mom group page till you come to the Comment Wall, that is where we do all of our daily chatter and the best place to post questions and get replies. I am glad that Plooms97 saw your question in the chat room, not everyone notices them. 

At 12:44pm on July 11, 2022, Chipmunk said…

Copying from my reply in Main room chat if you don't see it - ChicksMom03 - Until you have the address from the form letter, there is no guarantee that any mail Regular or Sandboxx will be delivered to him.

At 12:19pm on July 7, 2022, belovedbyHim said…

Welcome!! Please read my blog to give you an idea of what the first few weeks may look like.. Welcome to the Navy... Everything will be ok!  The First part is some things to do before your SR leaves IF you Can, It’s NOT ESSENTIAL! Up and to the Left is a link to all the Navy Lingo! It is titled Navy Speak and you can find it here. We are here to get you through the “Great Silence” of the next 4 weeks (ish) and the 10 weeks of BC (ish). You will come to learn that No News Is GOOD News and everything is Needs of the Navy. You life will be Hurry Up and Wait and it’s ok to make plans but they are subject to change until after they have happened so it’s best to embrace the Motto: Semper Gumby!! (Always Flexible!!)

At 8:41pm on July 5, 2022, Chipmunk said…

Be sure to also join the Boot Camp Moms (and loved ones) - Navy For Moms ( 

When you do, be sure to scroll past the wealth of information on that page (you may go back and read through it), past the discussions, and then you will come to the Comment Wall. That is where we post our questions, answer them, share in our encouragement as you are going through your days. 

If you are on a mobile device, be sure to put it into desktop mode. 

At 8:14pm on July 5, 2022, Chipmunk said…

ChicksMom03 - I saw your message in the Main Room chat. I replied with a link to the RTC page - Recruit Training Command Home Page ( I am going to send you a friend request as well. If you accept then we can also send private messages through the inbox in the upper left. We do not have to be online at the same time to converse that way, versus when you try to do a private chat. 

If you accept my friend request, would you please reply and let me know, because I am not notified when a person accepts my friend request. 

At 7:22am on July 4, 2022, B'sNukeMoM⚓️MMN(Vet) said…

Welcome to!   

Head to “Settings” on the main page right away to add a profile image (no last names visible, please) and complete your Profile. Then - and this is important! - read these Community Guidelines and this Operations Security (OPSEC) Checklist, for the safety and privacy of all our Sailors.

Then jump right in!  Browse around the site and check out the groups and the information in their Discussion Forums.

Join this group for boot camp moms, where you'll also find a group for your Pass in Review (graduation) date; and this one for PIR Reference Information.  

Get a head start during boot camp by joining groups for, and learning about, your Sailor's occupational specialty and "A" School; and later your Sailor's duty station and/or Navy ship and homeport. You can also join groups for your own state, region or home town and interests from getting ready for deployment to care package ideas!

Please say Hi when you join a group, and feel free to ask any and all questions - everyone was new once, and there is no "dumb" question.  This site was created by the U.S. Navy just for you, and we look forward to getting to know you and your Sailor.  Welcome to the NAVY family - we're so glad you're here!!

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