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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).  


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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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Karen (Ship 12 Div 178)
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I am married and a mom to two boys. One is 10 and the other is 22 and just joined the navy. I work full time for a mortgage company.
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In the NROTC program
When I heard “Navy,” I...
Was proud and encouraged it
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my son is only in boot camp 3 weeks and don't know anything yet. I am happy he joined and this is something he really wanted to do.
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It was positive and maturing. Our relationship has grown stronger.

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At 6:54pm on April 30, 2010, Stephanie-Sub-Wife said…
I'm so excited, I think if you are bringing six people two of you are on Anthonys list to get in the gate? I believe that's what he told me haha this next week is going to draggg I want to be there already!!! I look forward to seeing you and your family in six short days
At 10:11pm on April 29, 2010, Stephanie-Sub-Wife said…
They are already 1 hour and 10 minutes into the battle stations event :) Enjoy your phone call tomorrow and have a great week! I'll see you Friday!!!
At 5:29pm on April 29, 2010, Stephanie-Sub-Wife said…
Battle stations is tonight at 8pm and they finish tomorrow at 8am. I am expecting the call around 4pm. He didn't mention any specific details about Christopher, but he did mention they were having fun on watch, so it appears everything is still copasetic. The letter I received today said their division received an athletic flag because such a small amount of people failed the PFA. LESS THAN TWENTY FOUR HOURS UNTIL WE ARE ON THE PHONE WITH THEM :-D
At 9:48pm on April 28, 2010, Stephanie-Sub-Wife said…
Hey the call is going to be around 3-4PM. He said they are all doing great and that they finished the gas chamber, he also said 11 of them failed the final inspection so they had some extra Intensive training. Other than that everything over there is great, and they are looking forward to graduation as much as we are!
At 8:25pm on April 22, 2010, Stephanie-Sub-Wife said…
We can't be sure of the time, but the call with definitely be april 30th. Sorry for being so short before, I was on my phone when I responded.
At 6:40pm on April 22, 2010, Stephanie-Sub-Wife said…
April 30
At 5:28pm on April 22, 2010, Stephanie-Sub-Wife said…
Hey karen! I heard from Anthony today. They all got their second "Peanut butter shot" in the other butt cheek, and he said the whole division was limping, they also had their FINAL inspection today of their barracks, they all liked this because they were able to dress up in their dress uniform. He says that the days are much easier and they are basically wrapping things up. He also said they basically all still have colds which stinks but hey they are almost out of there! Just figured I would give you a shout incase you haven't heard anything! Have a good weekend we will be in Chicago so soon!!!
At 7:22pm on April 20, 2010, Stephanie-Sub-Wife said…
Well my friend graduated BC a few weeks ago, and he said his phone call was around 3PM. I believe they are finished with battle stations around 8AM, They have to eat and do hygiene after, maybe sleep? But my friend did tell me that the phone call is for one hour so they stagger the calls ... I am not sure if we will hear from them prior, it always depends on their RDC's I really hope we do though. I will definitely let you know if I hear from Anthony. I did get more letters today, dated from the 15th. They have their confidence course ( Gas chamber) this week... maybe some phone calls after that? :)
At 10:21pm on April 19, 2010, Stephanie-Sub-Wife said…
My original flight was returning Sunday at 2:45PM, but since he can hang out until 8PM I am just going to buy another flight home probably around 2 am when he leaves the next day so i can be with him at the airport. I know you're not allowed to travel with them to their next destination, but he asked me to check if i can get on his flight to Connecticut and then arrange a car service home, So I will look into that for him as well since its a commercial flight i can buy a ticket on it if I want to .. I'll see how that goes haha. I am happy you heard from your son!! At least if we don't get phone calls this week, we are GUARANTEED their " i am a sailor " phone calls next week :-D we will be there in no time
At 5:21pm on April 19, 2010, Stephanie-Sub-Wife said…
Hey Karen,

Got a few letters from anthony today, he said everything is great, they did their live fire, they took pictures, and picked them out on friday. The days are passing quickly and they will have liberty until 8pm Friday May 7th, 8am-8 pm may 8th 8am-8pm sunday may 9th.

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