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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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**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.


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**UPDATE 6/23/2022 - MASK MANDATE IS LIFTED -  Vaccinations still 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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Family death in boot camp or a school

Started this discussion. Last reply by Angie Oct 8, 2011. 4 Replies

Does anyone know if a grandparent or close relative dies in bootcamp or A school what does recruit know or do they know?


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A little about me:
My name is Shannon, a wife of a sailor for 8 years back in the late 80's. Now our 19 year old son is leaving Nov 7,2011.
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Stage of (Sailor’s) Navy career?
Waiting to leave for Boot Camp
When I heard “Navy,” I...
Was proud and encouraged it
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The one thing I learned being a military wife was FRIENSHIP. We made some of the best friends ever that we still keep in touch with,years after being out. Gave my husband discipline and a chance to see the world and to start a career. His training in the US Navy game him the job he has today.
Our Navy experience so far...
It was positive and maturing. Our relationship has grown stronger.

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Veterans Day

Posted on November 11, 2011 at 5:36pm 0 Comments

WOW, this day has always meant so much to me! For one I am free and there are so many men and women out there that have made this possible. We take our freedomsfor granted everyday that we complain about the simple things. Our Military has made this country the most awesome place to live. I have a Dad who served, a wonderful husband of 23 years that served for 8 years, and now my son just left on Wed. for the US Navy. Thank you to all of you. I am proud to have you all in my life. I love you…



Posted on November 9, 2011 at 1:15pm 2 Comments

He just left, my baby is now a man,a sailor. Had to take van
Due to wind in Indy. What a long day with no ipod. Love that boy.

Sad day

Posted on November 8, 2011 at 3:47pm 9 Comments

Well this is it! Taking son to hotel tonight. So not ready, so many more
Things to teach him. I know its the right thing, he's ready.
Will miss him greatly, only child. What are we to do. Keep me in
Your prayers.

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At 11:13pm on January 6, 2012, diannep said…

We think Sun or Mon night for them.  Nothing has been confirmed with me yet.  Hope someone else can confirm one of those nights!

At 8:42am on January 5, 2012, diannep said…

Only date I have so far is for 037/038 which is S/M (overnight drill).  It is possible that 039/040 will go with them...or they could go the next night or T/W.  Let me know if you hear from your SR and can confirm.  Thanks!

At 1:25am on November 23, 2011, lemonelephant said…

You should probably join the group,PIR 01/13/2012 TG 08 — 07 Divisions (037–042 & 908), since you have indicated your SR will have PIR then.  (Underline indicates a clickable link.)  Take care and blessings to you and yours.

At 3:25pm on November 14, 2011, ProudOfGar said…

I really don't know how I am going to do this I am already a mess and he dosn't even leave til Monday. My hubby and I have also been having some issues and about a week ago when everything felt like it was spiraling out of control I made the decision that I was going to have to put a smile on my face and get thru this til he is gone. I to have recently started a new job however it is also draggin me down. I am affraid once Gar is gone I am going to completly fall apart. This group is amazing and I am glad to find others.

At 11:35pm on November 10, 2011, jacqueline-rn said…

Hey, Shannon!  Well, my son left Tuesday (what a horrible day)  and got to Great Lakes yesterday.  I went to the Gym today.  I'm sooo out of shape!  That is going to change in the next eight weeks.  How about you?  You still on board with the boot camp for Mom plan?  My son sounded so focused and strong when he called last night.  I'm going to use him as my role model.

At 7:55pm on October 9, 2011, jacqueline-rn said…
Not in the same physical space perhaps.  That doesn't mean we can't be with each other in spirit!  Just haivng to be accountable to another person withthe same goals will help me.
At 11:39pm on October 8, 2011, jacqueline-rn said…
If you believe google maps (which i have found is sometimes not a good idea) we are 138 miles from you.  In two weeks we may be even closer.  We hope to go to Covered Bridge  if the weather holds.
At 5:48pm on October 4, 2011, jacqueline-rn said…
I've been thinking about your plan for working out while your sailor recruit is away an I think it's a great idea.  Mind if I join you?  We can keep each other on the straight and narrow.  And when we show up for PIR looking awesome they can be as proud of us as we are of them!
At 1:31pm on September 28, 2011, jacqueline-rn said…

Hi Shannon!  Did you notice?  We're neighbors!  I'm in eastern, central Illinois. 

Though having our children away for their first Holidays will be challenging for us I'm a little comforted to know that they will be surrounded by others who are having the exact same experience.  I'm also finding it very theraputic to be invovled with the Holiday project.  It has to be the first Christmas away from home sometime, I guess.  They will be okay.  And so will we!  You speak of being in your own bootcamp.  I feel the same way.  We go through almost everything that they do, it hardly seems fair that we don't get a nifty uniform too, don't you think?

At 10:34pm on September 12, 2011, Kaye S. said…
We'll look forward to seeing you!  The reason we have "social time" from 5:30-6:00 is to cut down on the pressure to be there by 5:30.  We'd love to meet your sailor-to-be!  But, realize he might not want to eat with a table full of moms.  Although we usually have 2-3 dads join us too.  See you then! k.

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