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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. 

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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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Saltybabe left a comment for Saltybabe
"Thanks for reaching out! I am finding my way :) What an amazing community you all have created here."
Mar 17, 2022
Saltybabe replied to Kimberly Joy's discussion 'From Boy to Man'
"My son left for boot camp yesterday and your post struck a cord. We have not yet received “I’m Here” call so I am aimlessly reading posts. Hearing such positive, compassionate comments about your young mens growth is really…"
Mar 17, 2022
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A little about me:
A proud mom of a son heading to boot camp! Just moved from NE to Sarasota FL. I work for Dell, love to be active and don’t like to talk about myself 😆
I am here to support my
Stage of (Sailor’s) Navy career?
Waiting to leave for Boot Camp
When I heard “Navy,” I...
needed to learn more about it, was proud and encouraged it, had concerns or fears
Our Navy experience so far...
is a work in progress!

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At 12:02pm on April 22, 2022, Chipmunk said…

Saltybabe your posts are showing up fine on my profile page. I just do not show them as "approved" because of the information you share with me. Some people have a lot of difficulty posting on this site if they are using their mobile devices versus a computer. Sometimes you need to refresh your device as well. 

I am glad things are going well for your sailor and that he is getting closer and closer to PIR!!

At 9:17am on April 14, 2022, Chipmunk said…

Saltybabe - Just saying HI!! I hope things are going well. 

At 4:45pm on April 5, 2022, Chipmunk said…

June PIR 2022 - click on the link for the PIR group. 

At 4:18pm on April 5, 2022, Chipmunk said…

So now that you have both his ship # and his Division # you should be able to mail letters to him that he can receive. This link has information about graduation - Recruit Training Command - Graduation ( -scroll down to where it says Graduation Dates and Divisions. If you click on that, it has another spot to click on and you should be able to scroll down, find his division # and when his PIR should be. 

As for that division, they also put other rates in it as well and they will likely be assisting in various areas during their PIR, either with ushering or as a "body snatcher" to stand and go back and forth in the formation lines to make sure none of the new sailors fall asleep or lock their knees and faint. 

Here is the link again to the ship addresses. Just find his ship number and then fill that in and the division number as shown in the example with the ship address that is listed. 

At 4:06pm on April 5, 2022, Chipmunk said…

Saltybabe, yes, your comments are posting on my profile page. I have mine set to moderate them, so that I can view them before they post and are visible to others. Because you are sharing some more personal information with me, I have not allowed them to be shared visibly where others might see them. 

At 8:29am on April 5, 2022, Chipmunk said…

Saltybabe - did you find the information that I was trying to share with you?  If you have difficulties posting on the site you might try using a computer if you are on a mobile device. Also, you might need to reboot the computer, or refresh this page or sign in and out. I was just having some difficulty myself posting something on a group and so I had to sign out and back in again. 

Have you heard anything more from your SR?

At 11:29am on March 26, 2022, Chipmunk said…

This link is from one of the pages on the right side of the BC Mom group page. I didn't even think to look there. I used the RTC website for most of my information when my son was in BC and did not find this site until a week before PIR, so I even forget to look at all the information posted on the group page. Sorry for the delayed reply. 

At 11:28am on March 26, 2022, Chipmunk said…

Saltybabe - Go to this link and read through the information - at the bottom of the page is the ship # & name listed. This still won't tell you his division # but it is better than nothing. 

Ship/Division--How it Works - Navy For Moms (  

Hopefully, he can call you with his new mailing address. 

At 9:56am on March 26, 2022, Chipmunk said…

Saltybabe - I have not heard back from those that I reached out to. I will do my best to see if I can get some other help but for now, I would just send a letter to the address that you have, don't put anything in it but just a short note of encouragement and that you need his actual address because it might not get there. 

If he calls, be sure you ask for Ship # & Div #. If we have those two things, then you can use the address page that I gave you the link to and properly address his mail. 

At 9:04am on March 24, 2022, Chipmunk said…

Saltybabe - I am apologize for the delay. I had a very long day yesterday away from my computer. I will see if I can reach out to another member on this site who might have more direct information than I do about the ship names. In the meantime, here is the link to RTC with the ship addresses by ship #  - Recruit Training Command - FAQ ( I honestly don't know how to answer your question. There are a lot of changes with the new additional two weeks that we do not have the answers for entirely. 


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