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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.
**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). Still limited to 2 guests maximum.
Specific information on this policy change will be provided in the coming days and weeks.
We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience and appreciate your support.
RESUMING LIVE PIR - 8/13/2021 - ONLY 2 GUESTS ALLOWED
MASK AND SOCIAL DISTANCING IS REQUIRED.
NO MASK, NO ENTRY
**UPDATE - 2020**
Due to COVID there is no public PIR. The graduations are on Thursday, and the video of the graduation is posted on RTC's FaceBook on Friday at approx 3pm. Please keep in mind that a division may need to complete additional quarantine during training which will delay their graduation.
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 isno 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.
I have been putting everything I want to take in the spare bedroom and trying to figure out if we're going to be able to just have carry on luggage or have to check a bag. Bobster called last night and told me all this stuff he wants me to bring but isn't sure if he will be leaving right after graduation. Says he won't know for sure til Wed and won't be able to call home.
Welcome aboard, You will find N4M very informative and other Navy Moms here to support you. It's always good to have others to talk to. I have not gotten on much lately, you know thye Holidays and such. My son got home today for Christmas. I will be on more after he returns to Great Lakes Jan 2, he is in A school there now He PIR 12/3/10. I look forward to talking to you.
Disregard my last question...sorry. You will find out in about 2-3 weeks with the form letter that they send home. I forgot...see it wasn't that painful since I forgot already. lol Kind of like child birth, lots of pain, but then we soon forget.
Hi there...thinking about you today! Your Joe left today and we picked our Joe up at the airport for leave for 2 weeks. The last 3 months have gone really fast, so I know that your's will, too! Great pictures, handsome boy! I refer to mine as the "man-child". lol He will do just fine at GL...start marking time on your calendar. The good thing is that you are not that far away, like us, to attend graduation. When will he be graduating?
Wow six days to go! Be strong and try not to let him see how emotional you are getting. I know it's hard, but I hid it from Joe until he was gone. I didn't want him feeling bad or thinking that he made the wrong decision. Hang in there...it does get easier. I still worry, but it is a different kind of worry now. The first three weeks of bootcamp is rough for them and for us...once you start getting letters, you will feel better. And, just a warning...Joe's first few letters were really up-beat and then came the bad ones. When I say bad, they were letters from him questioning himself on did he make the right descision and how he hated it there. Those shook me up pretty badly. I then had to write back with a football coach type of speech that you have to suck it up, you can do it, it's the choice you made, etc...I hated writing him like that, but later on I did hear from other Moms and other newly graduated sailors that was normal. I guess at some point they all become really home sick, tired of someone hollering in their faces 24-7 and then the novelty of them being there has totally worn off. I probably received three bad letters and when they arrived they were only addressed to me and not to my husband and I. In retrospect I think that he was trying to play on my sympathy more and didn't want his dad to think that he was a wimp or a quiter. Soon the good letters started arriving again and before I knew it, he was done with basic! Just one more thing...be prepared to write him every day. That is really important. Those kids live for those letters and he even asked me to write one of his shipmates who never got any mail! lol Joe graduated on November 5 and is currently in A-schol in Penscola. He will be able to come home for Christmas for two weeks and then he will be stationed in Washington. I never thought that I would make it through bootcamp and I did! The Navy should give us a ceremony too! Joe does like it now! Thank God! Keep in touch.
Our son slacked off at home too...We were calling him a "short timer" because he knew he was leaving and was trying to get away with all that he could. lol
Joe, our son, just graduated (PIR) on November 5, 2010 and now arrived in Pensacola Florida yesterday. Basic training went fast and I guarantee that your's will go fast too. I was busy writing Joe every single day and while that was keeping me busy, it was also helping him get through boot camp. They look forward to every single piece of mail that they get. So start stocking up on the stamps.
Also, in basic training they let our son keep his wallet, but he regretted not wearing a watch bcause they would have let him keep that too if he wanted. With them not having a cell phone, it was hard for them to keep track of the time. Put names, addresses and phone numbers on a small sheet of paper on who he should be writing to and that way he has the info at hand in his wallet. We also told our son to call only me because I had a cell phone that I was able to keep with me 24/7. You never know when you might get their calls. I'm sure that you probably know all this by know, but my cell phone was our life-line and I didn't want him to miss talking to us either. I would be heartbroken to have missed his calls...
Donna when your son's time gets closer, tell him to get a haircut. I don't know if he has short hair or not, but most of the kids get a haircut before they go so they do not get labled. Not to short though because those Navy Barbers want something there to shave off! lol How are you holding up?