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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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**UPDATE 4/26/2022** Effective with the May 6, 2022 PIR 4 guests will be allowed.  Still must be fully vaccinated to attend.

**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).  

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.


RTC Graduation

**UPDATE 6/23/2022 - MASK MANDATE IS LIFTED -  Vaccinations still 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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A little about me:
I am a mother of three sons and live in the Chicagoland area. My "middle" son - he is a twin so it is arguable that those seven minutes count - will graduate boot camp on October 7th and will receive his education in South Carolina as a Navy Nuke.
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It was positive and maturing. Our relationship has grown stronger.

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At 9:16am on October 5, 2011, karent0801 said…
Thanks Kimberly, You too have a safe journey!!!  I'm looking forward to meeting you also.  I'm so excited I can hardly stand it!!!!!
At 9:21am on October 3, 2011, karent0801 said…
Kimberly, I'd like to take his laptop also.  Did you put your stepdaughter's in any other type of case or just the laptop case?  (Example:  backpack?  seems like I read something about solid black backpacks being allowed).  I'm so glad you've been through this before!!!!
At 8:46pm on October 1, 2011, karent0801 said…
We're planning on going to the airport but I don't know how long we'll stay - Andy thought they would be leaving at 2 am for S. Carolina - I like my sleep and I don't sleep well in hotels so I can see us staying until midnight or so....
At 10:27am on October 1, 2011, karent0801 said…

Hi Kimberly,  The latest letter from Andy said that he knows and likes Zach - HOORAY friends at GC.  I can't wait until next week.  I'll be glad to email pictures from PIR to you if you'd like.  Will you be going to the airport in the evening before they leave?


At 9:55am on September 28, 2011, Gina (Ship 09/ Div 331) said…
Thank you sooo much kimberly, I had no idea there schedule of tests this week, I usually receive my letters on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, but my son is of very few words on paper! Lol, I hope to get something today in the mail! Wow there week is sure busy, I will have my cell phone by my side at all times just in case I step out, so I can get the Sailor call, I can't believe it 10 more days! Thank you for updating me with everything that sure helps, hope we chat again, but if not, have fun having your Son home for the day, and enjoy cooking all that good food he requested he sure deserves it, I would do the same. Take care, Gina
At 11:31pm on September 25, 2011, Gina (Ship 09/ Div 331) said…
Hi Kimberly, we are in orange county area, in the city of La Habra, thank you for the info. Do you think I should get my son a gift, not sure what I can get him, or should I?what do other parents do? I did order a couple of ribbons from Lora, do you know of a good steak place? Or should I ask the hotel for suggestions. Good luck to our sons this week I wish them all the very best. Ttyl, Gina
At 2:57am on September 25, 2011, Gina (Ship 09/ Div 331) said…
Oh Kimberly what is IT'd?
At 2:52am on September 25, 2011, Gina (Ship 09/ Div 331) said…
Thank you Kimberly, just thinking about it and reading your experience, brings a tear to my eyes, good I will bring his phone, I will just have to give it to him at the airport. Do you think whoever yelled f..... You will be in trouble, or maybe will not be able to graduate? You sure will be a busy bee getting everything ready for your son, I would do the same too, my son already told me, when he gets to come home, he wants me to cook, and I gladly will for him. What time should we be there to try to get as close as possible? The dress, I thought comfort but nice, what do you think? Is it getting cold over there? Thank you, Gina
At 6:50pm on September 24, 2011, karent0801 said…

Once again, thanks for all the info.  I'm definitely checking our the Nukes site.  We will be at the airport in the evening or whenever waiting for him to leave for GC.  Hope to see you then!  We are getting soooo close!!  Looking back, the time has flown! Thank goodness...

Have a good weekend!


At 9:58pm on September 23, 2011, Gina (Ship 09/ Div 331) said…
Hi Kimberley not sure how much time after graduation I will have with him, he might fly out Saturday, so we just might be able to go to the airport with him too, and spend whatever time we have together there. But I will not know till he let's me know, so I am just waiting. That is sooo great! Your son can come home for graduation! My son would be giving me his list of food he wants, in a letter he wrote to me, he said "mom I miss your home cooking". Will you be at the meet & greet? If so how is it, hope to see you there. Can we take pictures at the graduation? Anything I should know let me know. Gina, have a good night!

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