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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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Corpsman- Dive

Started this discussion. Last reply by grumsmom Jun 28, 2010. 2 Replies

My son is taking the Pre-lim test for dive school for Corpsman tomorrow is there anything anyone can tell me about this process?  I know what the pre-lim test is but what about the school if he makes…Continue


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At 9:25pm on August 3, 2010, TexasMomof2 said…
You're most welcome! :)
At 7:54pm on July 31, 2010, Sara said…
Hey, From what I've read, your son is having a tough time with his roommates. Jason is really lucky for the moment. He doesn't have a roommate right now. Hope things improve for Brandon. I've got a question for you. Have you received the Keel book yet. I thought we were supposed to get them within eight weeks after PIR. It's been ten weeks and I haven't received it yet. Getting a little concerned. I really want that book. I've got the receipt but not sure what to do to check up about it. Talk to you later. Sara
At 10:25pm on July 29, 2010, TexasMomof2 said…
Hello! My son is Platoon Leader in his corpsman class and graduates Aug 10th. I was just talking to him and he has message for your son: "ya just gotta keep at your roommates if that doesn't work he needs to talk to his instructors and just keep his head up about the test to not let it drag him down. Tell him to use co op. Its a good study place helped me."
At 4:52pm on July 16, 2010, lori said…
Hi Cathy- so good to see your post. i haven't been on here as much as the 'early days,'
just been real busy. After i read your post i was all down cause I hadn't heard from Paul.. and then he called! It's so infrequent as he has 'night' school and sleeps in in the morning. Then does his other 'stuff'. Paul is enjoying his training, he's still in ATT but hopes to finish next month. Then who knows how long the wait till A.
How is Brandon doing? What 'stage' is he at?
At 7:18pm on July 15, 2010, Sara said…
Hello, Good to hear from you, glad you son is doing well. Jason is great. He got his verbal orders yesterday. He said he got the USS Shiloh, in Japan. He wanted Europe but he's happy about this. Said a lot of the other guys were jealous. My nephew is getting married at our home next June, sure hope Jason can get leave. He said school is great. They made him assistant instructor (for when the instructor has to leave the room). He hangs out with about five of the guys from Div 189 and seems to be very happy in Pensacola. I know what you mean about bootcamp and this website. It was a life line for me. Later, Sara
At 7:48pm on July 8, 2010, JasonM'sGirl (Ship 14 Div 189) said…
I'm glad to hear that he loves A-School! At least it's summer in Great Lakes, so it's not freezing! Does he have any idea where he might be stationed? Jason graduates A-School on July 20th and has to do 3 extra weeks of training after because he's stationed on a ship instead of a squadron. He doesn't exactly know when he will start those three weeks though, it could be right after graduation, or sometime in September. Once he finishes his three weeks, he'll be home for 15 days, and then report to Norfolk.

That's awesome that Brandon is a Phase 2! Jason didn't get overnight liberty until Phase 3! It was frustrating because my parents and I went up to visit him while he was Phase 2 and he had to be back at base at midnight Friday & Saturday nights, and ten o'clock on Sunday night (I could pick him up at 7:30am everyday). He phased up to Phase 3 the day after we left! But, unless he comes home before it, I'm planning on going up the weekend of August 20th for our one year anniversary! So I have something to look forward to!
At 11:54pm on July 7, 2010, JasonM'sGirl (Ship 14 Div 189) said…
Hey Cathy!

Just wanted to check in and see how you and Brandon are doing! Jason is loving Pensacola, and got his orders today! He'll be stationed in Norfolk, Virginia. He seems excited, because it's closer than California or Japan! Did Brandon get his orders yet? Hope he's having a great time and hope to hear from you soon!
At 7:26pm on June 11, 2010, lori said…
Have fun!
I just wrote on BC moms- I got a text from P to say that the whole base is doing a 'people' american flag tomorrow to honor the bases 100th anniversary, He said he'd get me a copy of the paper as it's going to be reported and photos taken. Ask Brandon about it.
At 5:57pm on June 11, 2010, Sara said…
Hi, Sounds like Brandon is settling in well. Jason called tonight to wish me Happy Birthday. I was surprised he remembered. Asked if his card had gotten here yet. It was very nice. He's started school as well. Seems to like it quite a bit. Not at all like boot camp. He said their going to the beach this weekend. I asked, "What for, isn't the oil there?" He said he just wanted to go to the beach to see. So, ok... He finally got his new laptop. He's been looking forward to that for some time. It's so nice just to hear the happiness in his voice, I expect you've experienced this with your son. Life is good. Take care, Later, Sara
At 4:08pm on June 11, 2010, lori said…
Cathy- thanks for asking! I haven't heard from my boy other than a quick text early this week. He's on 'hold' of course. I'm hoping it won't be for a long period of time. It's been 2 weeks [!] since he graduated and I know that 'holds' can last awhile but for his sake I hope not. It almost seems like BC was some what easier- in that I knew he was 'doing' something and being busy. Also I looked forward to his letters! But it is nice to know I can text him if i needed to- I just don't like to 'bother' him. Does that make sense?

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