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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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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 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).  

Specific information on this policy change will be provided in the coming days and weeks.

We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience and appreciate your support.


RTC Graduation

**UPDATE 3/07/2022**

Mask Mandate has been lifted but you are still required to be vaccinated.


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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I am a mother of 3 & a proud grandmother of a 4 year old boy. I have two young adult girls, one fine boy. My boy just entered boot camp. I work as a Case Worker for a non-profit organization. I Love to spend time with my family, love talking to the Lord, singing,praying. I believe in miracles, I am a Christian and I serve a GREAT GOD!!
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PRI DVD FOR 11/22/2013

Posted on November 27, 2013 at 5:05pm 1 Comment

Does anybody know where can I order the DVD for PRI on 11/22/2013?


Thank you!

Stay Blessed :)

My son is leaving on Sept 24th

Posted on September 16, 2013 at 1:34pm 5 Comments

My son is leaving to Navy Bootcamp next Tuesday Sept 24th. I simply can't imagine him not being here. I get teary eyed and very emotional just thinking about him leaving. He's a great young man and I'm so very proud of him. I just need to figure out a way to keep it together. I fully plan on having my teary moments and I think I'm allowed to feel this way. My tears come from his absence but also from a sense of being immensely proud of him and his accomplishments. I'll make it through this…


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At 11:31pm on September 29, 2013, lemonelephant said…

You are very welcome.

At 7:21pm on September 28, 2013, Whit and Stephen's Mom (Ann) said…

Keep writing everyday and get others to write as well.  I addressed envelopes and put stamps on them and gave them to her friends.  They only sent one letter but I always felt she was getting sick of hearing from me.  I nagged her aunts to write as well.  She still has every letter I sent her and she wrote me at least 3 times a week.  She is beautiful and I am so proud of her.  You will never look at your son in the same way...but you will still look at him with as much love and pride.  You will grow through this too.  It just will be the longest 8 weeks of your life.  Once he gets to A school, you will be able to talk everyday.  Then it just seems like he's on an extended vacation.  And you can go visit him if you so choose.  Lean on military moms....they get it.

At 2:08pm on September 27, 2013, Whit and Stephen's Mom (Ann) said…


  I hate to break it to you but I still get teary and my daughter has been been for 2 years!  I teared up just reading your post.  You will get through this and I do think that pride is a big part of those tears.  When I look at my daughter in uniform, I have to fight tears otherwise I get a "knock it off Mom!"  I think she secretly is going to tear up too so she makes me stop.  Tania, that's a big thing, when you get your phone calls, don't cry until you hang up.  I used to start every call with "don't cry, don't cry, we don't know how long we have..."  We would both suck it up and have a great conversation.  Take a big box of tissues to graduation!  He will be a stronger, more mature young man when you next him.

At 5:34pm on September 19, 2013, lemonelephant said…

Thanks for the Friend request; I hope we can be around for some time to support each other. If there is ever anything I can help you with, don't hesitate to ask. Take care and blessings to you and yours.

At 1:10am on September 17, 2013, lemonelephant said…

Join the group, DEP-Leavin for bootcamp in September.  You will meet others with loved ones leaving that day/week who may be in the same TG and have PIR together. Be sure to check out the discussion, Things to Do in the Last Month Before Your Future Sailor Leaves for the RTC. I also suggest you to join Boot Camp Moms (and loved ones) and begin checking out the Pages (found under the pictures of the Members) and Discussions there.

Your future Sailor may want to join to learn the ins and outs from the DEP point of view. Craig runs that and will steer him to some good links on there.


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