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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. 

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."

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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.


RTC Graduation

**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.

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HeatherT(09/003)'s Blog (14)

Coming Home

Well here I sit on pins and needles as my son is on his way home. His dream of being a sailor and making a difference has been short lived. We have cried and prayed and wondered why.... no answers. Just administrative general seperation. After almost 2 years. He is devistated. He has been so proud of becoming a Navy Sailor and all he was going to do. Now he comes home and wonders was it worth it. He has only been home 3 weeks and 2 days since the day he left for RTC. He left Sept 18, 2012 (Only… Continue

Added by HeatherT(09/003) on June 29, 2014 at 11:41pm — 6 Comments

The next step

Wow! Things have moved so quickly it seems as if just yesterday JT left for bootcamp. Now after that roller coaster ride is over, he is at "A" school. He had done his "OC" spray and did ok with it, and now he has called and he got to choose his duty station. My shock and awe is still in effect. He still has the opportunity to stay stateside for a little longer if he gets "MWD" military war dog, but if not he leaves for Guam after "A" school graduation for two years!! Two years mind you!! Ugh!!!… Continue

Added by HeatherT(09/003) on December 13, 2012 at 7:59am — 13 Comments

Moving Forward

It's been almost a month since JT graduated boot camp. Now, he is in "a" school. I still miss him like crazy and it is soooo hard to not call or text him 50 billion times a day. Some days are harder than others. Prayers are keeping me going. I know he is safe in "A" school and not deployed yet, and having a ball!! But I still miss him so much.

He has grown into such an awesome man.... The Navy has really changed him and made into an awesome person. ( not that he wasn't before) he talks… Continue

Added by HeatherT(09/003) on December 5, 2012 at 9:24am — No Comments

The day before!!! PIR!!!

Oh my oh my!!!! It's the night before my sons PIR!! I am sooo excited! After nine long weeks I finally get to see my son!! No longer a boy but now a man in the Navy!! It's hard to believe that after all these years of him talking about being in the military he has made it!! His dreams have started coming true!!! The feeling of pride I have cannot be explained.... All I can say is tonight is gonna be very long and tomorrow is going to be awesome!!!! Congratulations to all the family's of the… Continue

Added by HeatherT(09/003) on November 15, 2012 at 11:30pm — 1 Comment

My first real letter!!!

Ohhhh joy Ohhhh the joy my heart is about to burst!! I got my first real letter from JT today!! He sounded sooo awesome I am just so happy to get something from him that says he is doing so well. He said he gets to carry a flag for his division PIR. And gets to say the bible verse they use as their montra. 1 Corinthians 12:26. So proud of my son who is seeking God's guidance in this journey and is believing he is in the right place. It is amazing to see the difference in how he writes from when… Continue

Added by HeatherT(09/003) on October 4, 2012 at 4:41pm — 3 Comments

SUNDAY.... 6 Days in..

Well, today was a bit hard, harder than some of the others. I got up and went to curch today and everybody was hugging me and asking if I was holding up ok and if I had heard from him. I smiled and said yes I am good I know he is in good hands! But, wow it makes it hard when everyone asks over and over if you have heard from him. Especially since that is the hardest part for me. Not talking to him. I hve all my letters ready to mail tomorrow. I know he won't get them for at least another…


Added by HeatherT(09/003) on September 23, 2012 at 9:53pm — 1 Comment


I got my box!! I got my box!!! Wow, that was fast!!! He just got there Tuesday!!n I am so suprised and so happy!! Got his address from the Cheif at the recruiters office. So excited gonna mail some letters today!!!


That was the most awesome feeling to come home to at lunch today!! My day has been so blessed. Thank you God Thank you God!!!

Here's to hopeing all the other mom's and wive's that had their babies ship out on the 18th get theirs today…


Added by HeatherT(09/003) on September 21, 2012 at 12:08pm — 1 Comment

IT"S OFFICIAL!! He is at boot camp!!

Oh my Oh my Oh my, he made it to BC. The call came at 11:34 pm est. I was actually writing a letter to him then. !! LOL !! It was way to short!! Lot's of noise in the background and he sounded so sad and scared. I know he will do just fine and will be ok. I know that they try their best at BC to take care of our babies. I also know they have a job to do to turn them into U.S. NAVY SAILORS!! The best the world can produce!! I am so proud it feels like my chest is going to explode!! I love him…


Added by HeatherT(09/003) on September 19, 2012 at 11:20am — 15 Comments

THE count DoWn!!

We are counting the days down! Seems like just yesterday he made the decision to join and we signed agreeing to everything. It is so hard to believe in just 12 days he will be gone!!! I can tell he is getting nervous, he is ill and one minute wants to do a going away party and the next he just wants to be left alone. "It's not the big a deal MOM!" I hear this a LOT!! BUt, i keep telling him yes it is, and that I am so proud of the man he is becoming! IT si amazing watching the transformation…


Added by HeatherT(09/003) on September 5, 2012 at 10:16pm — 2 Comments

Getting Close

I can't believe how time has flown. J is getting ready to leave for BC in just 22 DAYS!! I am going to have areally hard time when he is gone. He has become such a lifeline for me. He is always around (unless he is with the GF, whom I LOVE) and always helping out. He is starting to stress some because he has been in bad moods more lately, but I think it is a combination of worry and not wanting to leave but excited and not being able to wait to get started. He recently meet a young lady whom…


Added by HeatherT(09/003) on August 27, 2012 at 8:08pm — 1 Comment


It is a bitter sweet week. After an emergency appendectomy for my son he Graduates on Friday. We have been cleared by the dr to resume all activities and the recruit office is saying all is ago for September BC. There have been lots of tears and hugs this last week. And my son and I have gotten closer I think. Sometimes he walks by and hugs me and says I love you for no reason. He has never done that before now. I am excited he is starting this new chapter of his life. But so nervous at the… Continue

Added by HeatherT(09/003) on May 29, 2012 at 11:47pm — No Comments

J's 18th birthday!!!

Can't believe my baby is 18 today. He joined the Navy on march 13,2012, he graduates high school June 1, 2012 and leaves for boot camp in September. But, it seems like just yesterday I was holding my precious boy in my arms. My how time flies. I always knew he would go onto the military, never dreamed it would be the Navy, but I am so glad it is. I think it was a gray decision for him and am so proud of it. Just had to post my feelings today has been a bitter sweet day for me. I love him so… Continue

Added by HeatherT(09/003) on May 4, 2012 at 5:52pm — No Comments

The final decision....

Well, today my son decided what he will do for sure. He has been very wishy washy on what he wanted to do as far as college and the NROTC scholarship., and bootcamp. Today we went to The Citadel for his Pre-Knob visit, he stayed all of 45 minutes and had them bring him to me. He looks me in the eye and says to me "Mom I am not ready for college, I want to go into the Navy first and see what I can do. I promise I will return in the future and become a Citadel grad one way or another, but…


Added by HeatherT(09/003) on April 13, 2012 at 2:39am — 1 Comment

Passing DEP Time.

My son joined about a month ago. He has had a wonderful recruiter that has guided him every step of the way and so far been very honest with us on what is what. He is scheduled to leave for boot camp Sept 18, 2012. He is going into the military police, he wants to work with the K-9 division and possibly move on to the SEALS. He is not excited, nervous or anything yet. Just taking it a day at a time. I think I must be nervous enough for both of us. The only concern I have is that he really…


Added by HeatherT(09/003) on April 9, 2012 at 9:06pm — 3 Comments

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