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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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New Update on Yvonne

We finally got a date for the MRI with sedation - December 27th at Virginia Beach General Hospital. All of these tests and waiting to see the doctor for the results seems like it takes forever! We will see Dr. Shuff on the 4th of January. That will be almost 1 year from when she had her surgery. We never expected this. Her walking even with a rollator is very difficult. She tries really hard, but it hurts. Please…

Added by John and Yvonne on December 2, 2022 at 9:47pm — 2 Comments

Update on Yvonne's Recovery Situation

As most of you who are following my posts about Yvonne, she had a set back a couple of months ago. Dr. Shuff sent her for a CT Myelogram which came back clear except for the top two vertebrae. So he ordered an MRI to check out those levels. Unfortunately, when she went for the MRI lying on her back hurt so much she couldn't lay still so they sent us home. So the Doctor has ordered another MRI under IV sedation. But that probably won't be until the middle of December. Until then we…


Added by John and Yvonne on November 25, 2022 at 12:34am — 3 Comments

Update on Yvonne's Myelogram procedure

Update on Yvonne's Recovery...

On the 19th of October Yvonne had a CT Myelogram of her back to find out what is happening that may have caused the set back she experienced in her recovery about six weeks ago. We went to OBICI Hospital in Suffolk for the earliest appointment we could get. The procedure was very painful for her. But she got through it. Last week we saw Dr. Shuff, her surgeon, and he said she got "high marks" on her myelogram. It was clear, with no…


Added by John and Yvonne on November 7, 2022 at 9:40pm — 6 Comments

Update on Yvonne's CT Myelogram on Wednesday

Update on Yvonne's test on Wednesday...

We arrived at the OBICI Sentara Hospital in Suffolk at 7:00 in the morning. They started prepping her for the procedure at a little after 8:00. There were two parts: The injection of the dye in her spine and x-rays in various positions, and then the CT scan again in various positions. The positioning and injection of the dye was very painful for her. But she came through it ok. The CT scan wasn't bad she said. But then she…


Added by John and Yvonne on October 20, 2022 at 8:19pm — 2 Comments

Prayer Request for Yvonne 10-10- 22

Prayer Request for Yvonne...

I hope those of you who are holding Yvonne up in prayer are not getting tired of my posts and in praying for her. Anyway, please pray for Yvonne. We had a wonderful weekend participating in the Freedom Outreach International Ministry to the Military Warrior's Connection Conference in Hampton without a lot of pain. However, today she has been hurting a LOT! Whenever she gets up to walk around the house she hurts so much she cries.…


Added by John and Yvonne on October 10, 2022 at 10:19pm — 1 Comment

New Prayer Request for Yvonne!!

Prayer request for Yvonne!

After 8 months of what we hoped was recovery and healing...and God has done some awesome things! We thank Him for everything that He has blessed us with in her recovery so far. Last Saturday was the last day we walked around part of the lake near our house. Sunday evening at home she was walking around the house, I was behind her, and all of a sudden, her legs just gave out under her. She was able to get herself back up again. But that…


Added by John and Yvonne on October 1, 2022 at 1:56pm — 3 Comments

Prayer for Yvonne's Feet and Legs

For those of you who have been praying for Yvonne and me through Yvonne's surgery and recovery, please pray for us. Tonight we really feel the need for prayer. Yvonne has been walking a lot and I've been posting about it with a lot of excitement. But today she was noticing that her right foot seemed to scrape when she took a step. She tries really hard to walk heel to toe like normal, but it bothered her the way her foot was acting. We also noticed that she is having trouble…


Added by John and Yvonne on September 21, 2022 at 9:40pm — 1 Comment

Appointment with Yvonne's surgeon in the morning

I have a prayer request for those of you who have been praying for Yvonne and me. Tomorrow we go see Yvonne's surgeon (perhaps for the last time). This recovery has been very hard and the longer it goes the harder it seems to be. Not just physically, but emotionally and mentally as well. Tonight Yvonne and I are praying that Dr. Shuff will be able to give us some good news. To give us some hope moving forward. We really need some encouragement from him, if at all possible. Please pray…


Added by John and Yvonne on September 6, 2022 at 9:24pm — 4 Comments

Little Nervous, Big Proud

My oldest son has been considering joining up since he graduated high school in June, 2020. After a couple years of college, he finally made up his mind. Last week, he took a ride with his recruiter down to MEPS San Diego and took the Oath of Enlistment. He is entering the nuclear program and will report for basic on November 23!

I’m having so many varying emotions about all of it. My biggest feeling is a sense of pride in what a great, kind, smart, altruistic, diligent man he is… Continue

Added by Sarie on September 3, 2022 at 11:14pm — 5 Comments

Yvonne walking over 1/3 of a mile!

Yvonne is still fighting with pain; however, she is getting stronger and stronger every day! She is up to walking over 1/3 of a mile each day. We are doing the walking every morning at the lake near our house. We measured off the distance beginning with 1/4 of a mile and then increased the distance every few days. She was really surprised when I told her that 1/3 of a mile is the distance completely around the block by our house! It is way more pretty and fun to walk around…


Added by John and Yvonne on August 26, 2022 at 1:09pm — No Comments

Thank you

Hi Navy family,
Thank you so much for your support and warm welcome ! It really is appreciated more than I can express in words . Just wondering: when I will stop crying?!?
I am still figuring out a different email and a user name. This may be a dumb question so please bear with me - will I lose my original Gmail account?

Added by Liz on August 25, 2022 at 5:39pm — 2 Comments

What are the rules

First of all I want to thank BelovedbyHim & Chipmunk for the very informative comments and info. This was very helpful and I thank you for taking the time!
I was recently updated by by dil's mom that she has a sprang and that she will be convalescencing and rehabilitation for a month. What I need to know now is what are the rules for me about writing to both my son and dil about news on each other. Is that allowed?? I Don't want to rock the boat!

Added by Cathy on August 23, 2022 at 10:53am — 1 Comment

My daughter in law was injured in her 4th wk of training.

My son and his wife are both at Great Lakes. I just found out from my daughter in law was injured via her Mom through fb. I plan to write to my daughter in law (Melissa,) in the morning, but the thought of waiting to hear back is tough. Does anyone know what will happen if it is a serious injury or she is not capable of returning right away. I was told that injury occurred while she was running and she injured her knee and collapsed and that she was getting an MRI done. She was relocated to… Continue

Added by Cathy on August 22, 2022 at 8:12pm — 3 Comments

Expecting a call from my navy recruit son

I'm wondering what area code I should expect a call from my navy recruit son in boot camp in Great Lakes Illinois. I'm anxious to hear from him and I recieve so many spam calls lately that I rarely answer unrecognized numbers. I don't want to miss his call though. Does anyone have any advice?

Added by Jennifer on August 8, 2022 at 9:49pm — 6 Comments

Driving for the first time since her surgery!

Yvonne had another good week. She walks about a quarter of a mile now, and this week she did it five days in a row. But, here is more exciting news, today after church we went to an empty parking lot and she got behind the wheel of our car for the first time. Everything worked fine and she drove us home! She enjoyed being able to drive again. Praise the Lord for another first! God is restoring her to health and healing her wounds. Thank you Jesus! Unfortunately, she still experiences…


Added by John and Yvonne on August 7, 2022 at 9:10pm — 6 Comments

Compression fracture in Yvonne's vertebrae

Please keep Yvonne in your prayers. When we saw the surgeon on the 6th of July he showed us the x-rays and said Yvonne has a compression fracture of one of her vertebrae. He said there is nothing that can be done except wait for it to heal. And it looked like it was already doing that. But, she is having quite a bit of extra pain in her back the last few days. She couldn't even finish her physical therapy session on Thursday because her back hurt. So if you could, please pray for her.…


Added by John and Yvonne on July 16, 2022 at 10:04pm — 4 Comments

Welcome to the Navy! Everything will be ok!

First things first.....New Moms.... Take a Deep Breath in....... Let it out...... Take another one......... Let it out....... Repeat continuously!!! Just keep breathing and it will all be OK!! We haven’t lost a mom to Boot camp yet, we won’t start with you.

If your Child has NOT left yet, Read on.  IF THEY HAVE LEFT Skip to the next section.  Nothing here is critical, but it is useful.

If your Recruit has not…


Added by belovedbyHim on June 18, 2022 at 3:49am — 2 Comments

Prayer for Yvonne tonight!

Please pray for Yvonne. After spending another great weekend with Andrew, one of our sailor sons, tonight Yvonne is experiencing a lot more pain than usual. She has Physical Therapy tomorrow morning too. Please pray for her. Thank you.

Added by John and Yvonne on June 5, 2022 at 9:59pm — 3 Comments

Military Ministry this month!

This was an awesome weekend! For the first time in 5 months we were involved in military ministry again in our home. Andrew, one of our spiritual sons is here for 23 days doing his reserve duty. What great fun it was to catch up, reminisce, eat together, and pray together! Last night we ate pizza, and brownies and played Golf (one of our favorite card games). Then today we ate Mission BBQ. I didn't want to task Yvonne with having to cook for our weekend activities yet. Then we ate…


Added by John and Yvonne on May 23, 2022 at 10:08pm — 2 Comments

Outpatient Physical Therapy for Yvonne

Today Yvonne started outpatient physical therapy. They are working on stretches for her legs and back. Please pray that they will be able to help her get to the point where she will be able to walk as she puts it, without the walker. We still need your prayers! This ahs been a long journey and it seems to be far from over! Thank you all for your support over the past four months!

Added by John and Yvonne on May 16, 2022 at 10:59pm — 2 Comments

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