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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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Always keep Navy Operations Security in mind.  In the Navy, it's essential to remember that "loose lips sink ships."  OPSEC is everyone's responsibility. 

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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).  


RTC Graduation

**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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Question about my recruit's address

Started this discussion. Last reply by Boys R Us(ship07/div303) Jul 27, 2011. 1 Reply

My husband's recruiter gave me my husband's address, but she gave it to me wrong. She didn't tell me that I had to write his whole name, so I've only been writing his last name. And she didn't tell…Continue

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A little about me:
My husband left for boot camp on July 13, 2011. We have a 5 month old son together. I'm 19 and my husband's 18.
I am here to support my
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When I heard “Navy,” I...
Needed to learn more about it
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Being patient makes things a lot easier. Keeping yourself busy helps as well.
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It was positive and maturing. Our relationship has grown stronger.

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At 3:12pm on August 2, 2011, Emily-aaronsgirl11 said…
Like them holding letters that he wrote and not sending them out? Nope. Not possible. Illegal in fact.
However he may not have received some of your letters right away if you've been writing since they don't receive mail until they're settled into their actual ship.
I bet you'll get your letter verrrrry soon. :)
At 12:22am on August 2, 2011, Emily-aaronsgirl11 said…

Yup. They start day 1-1 (week 1 day 1) right after P-days. It gets a little confusing when loved ones count from the day they left and the military counts from the day it's official. haha.

But have you started getting letters!?

At 9:24am on July 28, 2011, Emily-aaronsgirl11 said…

It will come! I know letters for me generally came on Wednesdays or Thursdays, just to give you a general idea. I tried not to get my hopes up for letters on other days, but if they came, then it was a great day! haha. 

And once he's in week 3 of training (generally the fourth week he's there), he'll probably get a phonecall. :)

At 9:54pm on July 27, 2011, Emily-aaronsgirl11 said…
I was sort of an unusual case since he was in a "push" division. So his division had already been through P-Days and had writing privileges... I got my letter a week after he got there. But I've heard a lot of girls say it generally comes the third week they're there. It does get easier once the communication starts flowing. You just have to hang in till then. :)
At 9:31pm on July 27, 2011, Emily-aaronsgirl11 said…

haha. So you're no newbie to military life! Nuke is seriously so different than any other part of the military I've ever seen. And I come from a pretty big military family full of Marines, Sailors, and Soldiers. :P

How long has he been in boot?

At 8:48pm on July 27, 2011, Emily-aaronsgirl11 said…
Exactly why people pocket money on the DITY moves. :) Some swear they'll never do it again after the first time.. But I've never experienced it myself so I wouldn't know. haha
At 8:37pm on July 27, 2011, Emily-aaronsgirl11 said…
Yes ma'am. You'll get a dislocation allowance, and then a certain amount of money for each mile. He should get almost 2k for the dislocation allowance.
At 8:05pm on July 27, 2011, Emily-aaronsgirl11 said…

Not at all. I'll also give you some links to check out to discussions on groups that are pretty helpful. 

DITY= Do it yourself. Basically, you'll get some money up front from the Navy (generally about half of what they'll give you to move) and you pack up all your stuff and move it to Goose Creek. He'll be allowed to come home for this and help you out-- he'll get a certain amount of days depending on how many miles you are driving. I think the ratio is about 1 day per 350 miles. If you do this frugally, you can actually end up pocketing a good amount of money. :)
Navy= The Navy hires a contractor to come move you. You don't move a finger. They'll pack everything up in boxes for you and deliver it to your new house. The downside- sometimes it can take several weeks for your stuff to arrive, so you'll have to be prepared to live without it.

I've also heard of people doing a partial Navy. Where they have the Navy move their big stuff like furniture and they just pack everything they can fit into their car and drive. Not entirely sure how this works.

He'll get more information about this later on in boot camp. :)


Inside that link one of my replies has three other links to helpful discussions. :)

At 4:03pm on July 27, 2011, Emily-aaronsgirl11 said…
haha. Yup. All Nukes go to Charleston. :) For Prototype they have the chance of being sent to NY for the last six months. But other than that they all start out school in Charleston. Technically the base is in Goose Creek, but it's super close to Charleston. :)
The housing down there is super nice! And there's no wait list at all so you'll get in right away. Generally what will happen is this:
He'll fly from boot on a Saturday or Sunday. He'll have liberty that weekend and will start briefs on Monday. He'll live in the barracks for a few days, and on Tuesday they generally have the housing brief. He'll sign a contract by Wednesday. And then he can be on his way to move you if you do a DITY move. :) Do you know the differences between DITY and Navy move?
And seriously, any questions, don't be afraid to ask. I love helping out other girls! :)
At 9:56am on July 26, 2011, annamichael said…
Hey, just saw in a group you are moving to Charleston when your husband gets stationed there. Just curious, what is his rate and his A school? Did he get a dream sheet or was he told that was where he will go? My fiance is in A school and then will stay in Pensacola for C school, and will graduate in February. Just wondering when/how your husbands got his orders, so I can have an idea what to expect. Thanks!

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