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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

...and visit - America's Navy and also Navy Live - The Official Blog of the Navy to learn more.

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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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Posted on November 7, 2011 at 10:26am 0 Comments

Well I dropped my son off last night at the hotel and he will go to MEPS today then fly to Great Lakes. I felt like a piece of me was gone because him and I have always had a close bond. I am afraid that the bond will not be as strong any more. I know that eight weeks go by fast but it doesn't make it easier. I know that I will get his personal belongings back in the mail some time this week. After that I have no idea what to expect. I have heard all types of stories that the recruitor will…


Waiting for my son to leave for boot camp

Posted on June 14, 2011 at 12:04pm 1 Comment

My son just graduated high school on Friday and now he is waiting to leave for boot camp. It will be a while before he gets to go and he wantsto go now. I am trying to spend as much time with him before he leaves. Him and I have a close relationship and it is difficult for me to have him leaving. When he went to Rhode Island last summer for a two week leadership academy, I was going crazy. I do not know how I am going to handle sending him off to Great Lakes and not having contact with him. I… Continue

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At 7:16pm on November 14, 2011, Babette-Zack's Mom said…

So how are you holding up these days?  I am doing pretty well.  Zack has been gone a week today and I was able to get my hands on his address so I can send my letters.  I did find out his address so I can send some letters and he is in div 036.  Hope you are doing okay...Babette

At 10:59am on November 10, 2011, Babette-Zack's Mom said…

I understand.  Zack is my youngest so its really hard.  I am missing him terrribly and his girfriend is having a really hard time.  I know he is doing great though.  You will not lose that closeness I am sure of that, this is such a great experience for them and they sure will get to see so many places.  I am actually envious of him.  If you ever need to talk I am here.  Have a great day..:)

At 8:14pm on November 8, 2011, Babette-Zack's Mom said…

The recruiter told me also to call next week and they would give me the address to write.  You can write the letters, but don't think we can send them yet.  I am starting my first one tonight and am just gonna hold on to them and number them and send them all at once.  I went to MEPS with Zack and saw him sworn in and got to take pics.  I did not want to leave, but have to let them grow up.  I am heartbroken, but so very proud of his choice.  Here to talk to if you need..anytime 

At 7:59pm on November 8, 2011, Babette-Zack's Mom said…

Thank you add.  Where did your son leave from.  Zack left from Fort Jackson.  I spoke to him all throughout the day after we saw him sworn in and then he gave me his final call @ 2:45 a.m.  It is hard to think I can't talk to him for 3 weeks...How are you handling all this?  Babette

At 7:26pm on November 8, 2011, Jenn (Proud AO Mom) said…

Hi Maria - thanks for the add.  Glad to help out in any way I can.  We are all in this together!! :)

At 6:18pm on March 7, 2011, Navy for Moms Admin said…

Welcome to Navy For Moms!

You will find this site very helpful and full of members who are eager to answer your questions.  Browse around the site and check out the forums, groups, blogs, photos, videos, and even the other member profiles!  

If you haven’t already, please make sure that you review our Community Guidelines to learn the “Do’s and Don’ts” of the community. Also, check out this Internet OPSEC Safety Video.

Enjoy your time here! I look forward (along with the community) to reading more about you! :) 



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