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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.


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.

Please see changes to attending PIR in the PAGES column. The PAGES are located under the member icons on the right side.

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anyone not receive form letter SR left 8/13????

Started this discussion. Last reply by boocoo Aug 26, 2013. 6 Replies

called recruiter he said ship 12 div 387.any SR leave that day and family hasnt receive form letter


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Mom of 3, work fulltime with special needs children. My son who is joining is my youngest. We like to travel, and are a very close family
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Posted on January 8, 2013 at 7:37pm 1 Comment

Hi, my name is Marcelle, my son just enlisted and signed up for ABH. I have read alot of scary things about ABH's. He scored very hi on his ASVAB. I am very worried about this job, it seems very dangerous. Can anyone give me some insight, please.


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At 11:12pm on September 7, 2013, lemonelephant said…

The Page, 800 and 900 Divisions, will have some info for you concerning SWCC.

At 9:11pm on August 30, 2013, ProudPrayinMom Ship 003/Div 354 said…

my son is ABH as well and grad in Sept- I'll let you know as we go thru this- hang in there- I'm only one step ahead of you...

At 12:50pm on August 26, 2013, NavyMomTimesTwo said…

Yay!  So glad you got the letter.  It makes it feel that much closer to seeing our SR's. 

At 10:50am on August 23, 2013, Nicktwmom said…
Marcelle - we live in the bay area in northern CA.
At 12:27am on August 23, 2013, NavyMomTimesTwo said…

Let's just hope and pray we get our letters tomorrow.  Then we can stop worrying about that and find something else to worry about (because there is always something for us mom's to worry about while they are in boot camp).  Please rest assured that your son is doing a wonderful thing wanting to serve his Country.  I was scared to death when my first son joined, but when this one decided to follow in his brother's footsteps I wasn't filled with fear, I was filled with pride.  Having a child join the military is scary--no two ways about that.  But they can hold their head high, and so can you when someone asks what your son does and you say "my son is a United States Sailor".   My wardrobe consists primarily of my son's sports teams t-shirts and Proud Navy Mom t-shirts.  So although scary, sit back and enjoy the ride.  It's all worth it in the end.  Hang in there!

At 7:55pm on August 22, 2013, NavyMomTimesTwo said…

My on arrived on the night of the 14th.  I got the box Monday, but still no form letter.   I even went to the post office this morning and waiting for them to get done sorting mail (I live in a small town), and no letter.  I went to the recruiter's yesterday (because I'm THAT crazy), and she gave me information, but it doesn't make sense, because she gave me an address, ship # and division that don't "agree" with each other.  So I just hope and pray that the form letter comes tomorrow.  My oldest has to schedule off work and he doesn't even think he can make it if the PIR is the 18th, he can only go if it's the 11th.  My SR's recruiter told me graduation would be 10/4 or 10/11.  My oldest son told me his brother might have just been one of the last SR's to get placed on a ship.  AAAGGGHHH!!!!  

At 1:16pm on August 22, 2013, diannep said…

Hey there.  So sorry your form letter is taking a while to arrive, but it should get there---you are still within the 2 week window of time for it to arrive.  The important part of it is the password that your son would have written in.  That is what you will need to download your gate pass for PIR (available to do 11 days before PIR) you can drive onto the base.  If taking a shuttle from the hotel, you don't need it.  Hoping you get that special letter in the mail soon!

At 12:09am on August 11, 2013, lemonelephant said…

Since your future Sailor has a contract for Aviation Boatswain's Mate - Handling (ABH), join AB - Moms, Sailors In Pensacola, FL For A School....Corry Station too!!, and Parents of A School Sailors in Pensacola. You may also want to check out Airman Family and Friends. The Rating Information Card for AB can be found at Your Sailor will most likely fly out to "A" School the day after PIR. See PIR Day and Liberty During PIR Weekend to help you know how to plan your weekend once you get the form letter.

At 12:08am on August 11, 2013, lemonelephant said…

Welcome to Boot Camp Moms (and loved ones). I look forward to sharing this journey with you. Be sure to check out the Pages (found under the pictures of the Members) for information on what to expect and to help you prepare for PIR. Check out the discussion, Things to Do in the Last Month Before Your Future Sailor Leaves for the RTC to help you prepare. Join the group, DEP-Leavin for bootcamp in August, to connect with others with loved ones who will leave the same day and may have PIR together. On Tuesday you can change "Thinking about joining" above to "Enlisted." Take care and blessings to you and yours.

At 1:41pm on November 12, 2012, Navy for Moms Admin said…

Welcome to NAVYForMoms!

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