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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. 

DON'T post critical information including future destinations or ports of call; future operations, exercises or missions; deployment or homecoming dates.  

DO be smart, use your head, always think OPSEC when using texts, email, phone, and social media, and watch this video: "Importance of Navy OPSEC."

Follow this link for OPSEC Guidelines:



**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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Daughter leaving for Boot Camp 4/2/12

Started this discussion. Last reply by ebigirl Mar 30, 2012. 6 Replies

My daughter is leaving for boot camp next Monday, 4/2/12.  I'm not sure what to expect and I'm a little anxious but I found this website and signed up.  Looks like there will be a lot of support for…Continue


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At 5:54pm on May 15, 2012, lorijo said…

Hi, my daughter is Kendyll, she says your daughter is her "bestie" I can't wait till graduation to see Kendyll and put some faces to all these names!

At 8:30pm on May 5, 2012, julieG S07/Div161 said…

Hi Lisette,

I have a son at Boot Camp, she would know him by Grams if she does.  He is the Star Board Watch for their division.  I also belong to the Facebook group that was started for us and trying to find everyone on N4M.

Yes, we will be coming the PIR.  We are planning on being their for Sarge's Meet and Greet, how about you?? 

At 8:19pm on April 13, 2012, Deborah GC said…

Hello Lisette,

So glad to add a friend to my growing list of family here. Excited to here and see what everyone has to say, and help support each other through this new adventure in life!!

At 7:58pm on April 13, 2012, JCo4AC said…
Hi...this web site has be a little confused! Just wanted you to know my son Andrew is the same ship/div. As your daughter. We will be attending on May 25th and Im very excited! I'm from Long Beach Ca...very big year for us, my daughter is graduating from college on May 19 th, then we will head to Great Lakes the next weekend. My youngest son in a sophomore at SMU so we are officially empty nesters! Let me know if you hear anymore...I'm anxiously awaiting that first letter from my boy! Jennifer
At 4:33pm on April 9, 2012, A-MJ's Mom Ship7/Div162 (2012) said…

Hi Lisette:

Just got the form letter today - YAY! My son is in Ship 7/Div 162 - so close to your daughter! His PIR is on 5/25/12. We are really hoping to attend. We need to put in for the time from work off now that we have the date and also see about travel plans - airfare, etc. My son's recruiter was less than helpful thru this process. I'm so happy to finally be able to have an address to mail things to. Have a great day! Ann-Marie

At 12:51pm on April 9, 2012, jenn724 Ship7 Division 161 said…

My daughter's name is Eleni, although I have heard they never hear their first names...LOL  I can't wait for that first lette just to know they are ok..

At 5:25pm on April 8, 2012, A-MJ's Mom Ship7/Div162 (2012) said…

Hi Lisette: Ann-Marie here. My son Josh arrived in GL on 3/29. We got his box on 4/3 but no letter with his ship/div info yet. We also don't know the date of the PIR. We're thinking it's either 5/25 or 6/1. REALLY hoping to get that form letter tomorrow (monday)! Easter has never been a big family day for us - other than going to services in the AM. This year marks the first year the hubby and I have been emptynesters. Our older son is attending LSU in Louisiana and couldn't make it home for the holiday this year either. Weird day. We took my great aunt to church then met up with two of my cousins and their families (one had one daughter and the other one had two of her sons) and did the buffet thing. I didn't have much of an appetite but no tears! We really miss Josh and am hopeful that "no news is good news". Good luck to you and please keep in touch. Maybe our kids will be in the same div/ship and or at the same PIR and we can meet :) Ann-Marie

At 7:04pm on March 31, 2012, lizinnj said…

another tip............send a large mailing envelope in a couple weeks. Return address and mailing address to your home.....take it to the post office with at least 13oz postage or enough to hold about 20 letters. That way, your daughter can send home letters to save but not take up space in the small storage drawer they have. I am going to keep the "kid in a box" on her bed and put the big envelopes in there for saving. The large mailer envelope will fit in a standard business envelope when folded in 3's...

At 5:53pm on March 31, 2012, lizinnj said…

They provide all the paper and envelopes. They use official Navy paper. If you can send her with a sheet of stamps, that's good. Ash has a small bible and an even smaller address book. A canceled check with the routing number and account number if she didn't get a Navy account. Ash didn't. No toiletries either. Send her with $20 or $25 dollars to buy small sized in the NEX. There is a site, . If you email them, they will send you 6-12 emailed phone cards. It is an 800 number and then passwords. Each pin is a 20 minute call. You can also get a phone card at Rite Aid or CVS. Make sure it's more then 150 minutes. You can always send another card later or refresh. Ash is taking 2 phone cards and then the email cards. I figured she can hand them out if anyone doesn't have one. A debit card to use at O'hare as well. They each have a small locked box on their bunk to hold there stuff. Tampons and pads are stuck in a communal drawer in the bathroom. Remember, no musical cards or bright colored envelopes when you send mail. 

My house has been a revolving door of friends today. My nieces came over and we dyed Easter eggs. I am trying so so hard to not cry....

At 11:14am on March 31, 2012, lizinnj said…

I start to cry just looking at her. We are doing all our favorite things in the house today..making donuts, watching movies. Dying eggs this afternoon. Tomorrow we will go to church before heading to the recruiters. I worry about Ash's twin sister....they are inseparable ...........My name is liz. If you are on facebook, find me at elizabeth clark sabath


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