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Boot Camp: Making a Sailor (Full Length Documentary - 2018)

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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.

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Mailing address

Started this discussion. Last reply by paybacks398 Jan 13, 2011. 15 Replies

How long is it usually after they to boot camp that we get a mailing address?  We received his box of clothes yesterday but nothing with an address


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A little about me:
My grandson has lived with us for a good part of his life. He needed self discipline and self esteem. We are in small town with high unemployment and all that leads to for a young person is trouble. With no purpse and no job you are on the path to a troubled life.
I am here to support my
Stage of (Sailor’s) Navy career?
When I heard “Navy,” I...
Was proud and encouraged it
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I have 2 brothers that were in 20 years and a nephew in now. The brothers said it was the way to go to become a productive member of society and have the knowledge and skills to have a career outside the Navy if he decides to do so.
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It was positive and maturing. Our relationship has grown stronger.

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Ship 12 div 092

Posted on January 27, 2011 at 3:16pm 3 Comments

Still waiting on the first real phone call-no letters yet either-anyone else out there with this ship and div?

How do I find my grandson's PIR group   He is ship 12 Div 092    

Posted on January 27, 2011 at 1:11pm 1 Comment

How do I find my grandson's PIR group


He is ship 12 Div 092



His A-school if supposed to be there at Great Lakes

Posted on January 27, 2011 at 1:04pm 3 Comments

His A-school if supposed to be there at Great Lakes

We were told that when a recruit has A-school he has to go immediately from graduation ceremonies and register for A-school and it may take up to 5 hrs before he have any liberty.   Does anyone know …

Posted on January 27, 2011 at 1:03pm 6 Comments

We were told that when a recruit has A-school he has to go immediately from graduation ceremonies and register for A-school and it may take up to 5 hrs before he have any liberty.


Does anyone know anything about this.  I see that they might be able to get the entire weekend off.  We are flying from Texas so that would be great.  I guess you dont know any of this until the day of graduation or do you?


Also, how long is it from the time they get their caps until…


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At 10:31pm on November 10, 2011, diannep said…

Saw the "exchange" on Norfolk group.  I'm so sorry about all of that.  I know we have to be careful, but there were some remarks that were pretty strong.  Anyway, I do hope that you stay on this N4Moms because it will be very helpful.  Maybe you will find the ship site a bit more friendly?  There are some wonderful ladies on this site. I would hate for you to miss out on sharing with them.  I know there were many on the Norfolk group page who wanted you to stay on!

At 10:58pm on May 12, 2011, Tiff'sMom (Sharon) said…
Great, thank you very much! :)  I'm glad it didn't take you as long as the google map tells me! :)  Did you stay somewhere half way there?
At 8:56pm on February 22, 2011, Hunters_Mom_12/092_MAA said…
At 2:15am on February 10, 2011, Hisbelovedlinda said…

hi, we are driving up there also!  We have a 20 hr. drive map quest says, we will be making pit stops pretty often.....we will be staying over half the way at my sister's. We will have to make it a two day drive there and back, it's just too far for one day but we will still come out lots cheaper than flying 4 people and renting a car up there.  We found beautiful accommodations @ Springhill Suites by Marriott in Waukegan, IL.  just minutes from The Great Lakes Navy Base. You can call Marriott's toll free number for reservations.  They are charging $89 per night for their suites for Navy Grads's parents. They have 2 queen beds and a sleeper sofa that would sleep two.  The corner sofa looks like could sleep another person. All rooms have Micro/fridge, etc. They have a Wal-mart across the street, so we could get some microwave food and eat in if we need to.  They also offer free breakfast bar with something "hot" each morning.  We found a Cracker Barrel 4 or 5miles from this hotel, it's in Gurnee, that would be a good food value without spending a lot of cash!  Hope you guys make it there ok.  Hope this encourages you!   We are so excited about going to see our son!  Can't hardly wait!  

At 4:18pm on January 12, 2011, Navy for Moms Admin said…

Welcome to Navy For Moms!

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



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