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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)

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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).  


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**UPDATE 8/25/2022 - MASK MANDATE IS LIFTED.  Vaccinations still required.

**UPDATE 11/10/22 PIR - Vaccinations no longer required.


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mama bear
  • Female
  • Osage, IA
  • United States

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  • sbarber
  • Paula (was Capricorna)
  • Proudsistah
  • MidwestMom
  • ktssong
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A little about me:
Out of the blue my 18 year old daughter decided to join the Navy. It has been hard on me due to health reasons, and believing that this was just something she did to blow my mind our relationship has been rocky at times. I need to be around people so I do alot of volunteering with children activities or elderly activities. Due to health reasons I haven't been unemployed for many months. I have another daughter and son, her dad lives on the farm I stay with his mother. I have a older brother who had been in the Navy many years ago, and another older brother and sister, my parents are deceased
I am here to support my
Stage of (Sailor’s) Navy career?
When I heard “Navy,” I...
Was concerned or afraid
The Navy offers opportunities that...
I haven't had an experience with the Navy until my daughter joined,and this is all new to me and scary as a mother. The unknown is the hardest for the parents I believe, did they make it there okay, are they sick, will they graduate,when do I get to see them again, how is their mental state doing and the list just goes on and on. I realize boot camp is hard and why they do the things they do but that doesn't ease the unknown feelings.
Our Navy experience so far...
It was positive and maturing. Our relationship has grown stronger.

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At 9:03pm on July 9, 2012, Paula (was Capricorna) said…

I hope that this message finds you and your baby girl/sailor in good health and spirits.

I wish all the best for you and your daughter.

I bought a house and moved last month - it is still a work in progress.  I've been consumed with that project and expect it will continue for another 5 months.

All the best to you and your Sailor.


At 10:13am on July 7, 2012, scobbymomship2/952 said…

Mama Bear, You're not alone with the emotions.  I cryed the other day just hearing the National Anthem, I was just glad no one was close to see the tears.  I will keep your daughter in our prayers as well as you, Hopefully the flashbacks will get less.  We will be In North Washington this weekend for a family reunion.  We are hoping for a cool down and lots of rain sometime soon.  The corn is tasseling and I'm not sure if there is any silks for it to germinate.  Not good.  I have been watering our garden almost every other day.  Still the plants look tough.  Hoping that things will get better for you and your family!    Scobbys mom


At 10:17am on July 4, 2012, sbarber said…

Happy 4th to you mama bear!!!! I am so sorry to hear about your girl,  I am relieved to hear that for now she is okay and will continue to pray that she is safe. Freedom truly isn't free, God Bless her and all of our troops not only today but everyday. {{HUGS}}

At 12:33pm on May 8, 2012, MidwestMom said…

Hang in there Mama Bear!  Your daughter's journey has certainly been enough to give any parent more than a few gray hairs! My son is home now and enrolled to go back to college this fall (he's a reservist).  There were MANY times during BC and A school that he regretted signing as a reservist, but now that he's home again, I think he's back in the original mindset of finishing his degree and then deciding whether or not to enlist full-time. Your daughter will be in my thoughts and prayers...along with all of our military.

At 7:24pm on April 5, 2012, scobbymomship2/952 said…

Sorry I just checked this site.  Things are going well so far.  Our son was home for several days before he headed to Norfolk for his next journey.  He has been gone about 1 week. He is still in the process of checking in.  Don't know what his next step will be. He talked about more training.  The weather sure has changed today, I just covered some of my flowers, Hopefully it doesn't freeze here as the apple trees are in full bloom. Hope you have a great Easter holiday.  Scoobymom ship2/952

At 10:39am on February 22, 2012, Ruth, Gun's Mom said…

Try this to join the facebook Iowa moms--!/groups/177777552327118/

You'll have to request to be added when you find it.

At 7:52am on January 8, 2012, Much Trouble said…

Hi Mama Bear...Thank you for adding me as a friend.  If you are feeling the panic we all have felt when our kid proudly announced (s)he was taking a little trip to Afghanistan, please come join the group "Anyone with Sailors/Soldiers/Marines in Iraq & Afghanistan" . If you are still handling things, you can wait until she leaves...but this group saved any sanity I may have had.  If I can answer any questions or just listen to you do a "Mom rant" please let me know.  Good luck...and strong "mom hugs" for you.  You WILL get through this!

At 5:43pm on December 10, 2011, Valtameri said…

Hi Mama Bear,

I saw your post on the bootcamp group -- I don't know the answer, but I know that this Christmas isn't feeling too cheery here either. Son is deployed, my Dad passed away in November, a friend passed away a few days ago ...

At 10:49am on October 10, 2011, MidwestMom said…
That's great that your daughter is driving those huge machines!  I'll bet she loves it.  My sons have operated some of those while working for construction companies.  They loved them, but said they take some time to get use to when working at steep angles.  :)
At 2:32pm on September 22, 2011, MidwestMom said…

Sorry to hear about your daughters blisters!  If anything, I think their runs are longer in A school than they were in BC, but later it sounds like she'll be able to take a swim test instead of the run when she qualifies annually and the swim test might be easier for her to pass.  Big equipment??  What is she driving?


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