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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. 

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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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My sons "kid box" contained his contact lenses

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A little about me:
I am the mother of two boys, ages 21 and 19. My oldest son Mitch, attends college in Pa, and my younger son Max joined the Navy on Dec. 1st 2010. He graduated from BC on 2/4/11 and is now in Groton CT for Sub school. I live in rural Pa. with my husband of 22 years. I am a stay-at-home mom who is now learning what 'empty nest' really means. I am a devoted mom and want nothing more than for my boys to be happy, whatever it is they is they choose to do in life. My interests are movies and music. I can talk about both of these subjects forever. lol.
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At 4:48pm on May 11, 2011, diannep said…
Hey!  Hope you're doing ok.  Have missed you on the PIR groups.  Figured you are busy.  Hoping you are doing sorry about your mom. Is your dad still alive?  Anyway....just wanted to say HI !
At 6:15pm on April 18, 2011, MirrorMaiden88 said…
Lol! Your comments on the wall were both completely different. The first one had me freaking out a little bit and the second made me calm!LOL! But if you remember that happening then I think maybe its just something they are telling them. I have tried to ask a few moms but none of them knew but I asked him today and he said that's how it is for his whole div because they are grad and go. I hope its not true. I know others from different divs going to Groton as well and none of them have been told anything about having on base liberty. I also asked him when he thought he would fly out and he said it would be at like 12 that night so I don't think the RDCs really know much of anything they just like to scare them. I guess I will find out Friday!
At 2:04pm on April 17, 2011, MirrorMaiden88 said…
Ok...thank you so much...these big airports are a little intimidating especially since he doesn't have a cell phone so I can call and find out where he
At 10:43pm on April 16, 2011, MirrorMaiden88 said…
I was wondering if you could explain to me how the airport situation works (when I get to sit with him until his flight leaves). I s there a certain gate I meet him at? How do I know what time to meet him there? And where do I get the gate pass to sit with him?lol I know its a bunch of questions but I am trying to get everything figured out before I leave. Thank you so much for everything!:)
At 6:25pm on April 14, 2011, MirrorMaiden88 said…
Ok I have a question in my husbands letter he said he would only be granted on base liberty! Does this happen a lot or do the rdcs like to scare them? I am asking on every posts I can think of lol I was just really counting on even just a few hours of alone time with him!
At 6:08pm on April 12, 2011, annamichael said…

Thank you so much for your reassurance. Before Michael went to bootcamp he was always having to be strong for me. I was a basketcase. Crying because I was terrified of him leaving. He had NO IDEA what he was getting into when he left in February. Now that I have LEARNED SO MUCH through this site and friends like you, I am the stronger one. I know it's because I'm able to jump ahead in the future and see what lies ahead of him by talking with others they have already been through it. So, it's like the tables have turned. I have to be strong for him and guide him, and he is just having to go through it.

Hearing you say A school is better makes me SO happy. I'm looking forward to it so much. From your pictures, I see your son has a GF. How are they doing with all this?

Thank you again for all the thoughts and encouragement! :)

At 4:13pm on April 12, 2011, MirrorMaiden88 said…
Oh my goodness thank you so much for all of that info! I can now breathe a little easier knowing that at least he gets his cell phone! I do plan on waiting with him at the airport... this has taught me to cherish every second with that I get to spend with him. Again, thank you so much for answering my question and I hope you have a wonderful week with your son!:)
At 9:55am on April 11, 2011, MirrorMaiden88 said…
Lol...I have noticed that about the A school group...I have been spoiled by the PIR group. They are so wonderful about answering every question I have! So, my main question about BESS is about whether or not he can have his cell phone? I have read they can and then he said he would have to be phased up...I am a little confused!lol And that is wonderful that you get to spend 7 days with him, I cannot wait to have some time to spend with my husband!
At 8:55pm on April 6, 2011, annamichael said…
NO! I've never heard that story! That's too cute. I'm going to (hopefully) go to work tomorrow and think of something special. I know he'll enjoy anything. Thanks for the ideas!!
At 7:35pm on April 6, 2011, annamichael said…

Oh no! Okay, "no goodie packages" noted. I want to send him things in the box, along with the contacts/solution. Do you have any ideas? I'm a Kindergarten teacher (Haven't been to school all week though - sinus infection).. So I know I could get the kiddies to do something precious.. but I'm not sure what?

I cannot believe girls get make up and curling irons??!! That's wild. YAY for them! I know they are missing it.


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