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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."

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 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).  


RTC Graduation

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

**UPDATE 11/10/22 PIR - Vaccinations no longer 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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Josh'sMom-Div267's Blog (8)

Jealous of son's girlfriend :)

Josh graduated on August 24th and is currently in A school @ Great Lakes. Thankfully, that isn't too far from us (about 5 hours) but with work, bills, etc., we haven't been able to go back to see him since graduation. While it has been SO NICE being able to talk to him on the phone, I would absolutely LOVE to see him.

His girlfriend (the little bugger) is on her way there now and gets to see him tonight. :)   I am thrilled for them and not really jealous of her (hehe); just wish that…


Added by Josh'sMom-Div267 on September 21, 2012 at 2:41pm — No Comments

Love being able to talk/text my son again!

Well, Josh graduated on August 24th and is now enrolled in A school. He said that he and several others (probably more than just several) were all "on-hold" until some space empties up in class and, in the meantime, they all have cleaning duty. :)  

Life is somewhat back to normal... different because I don't get to see him but it has been soooo great being able to talk and text with him again!! He called me last night to ask what kind of television he should buy for his room. He is…


Added by Josh'sMom-Div267 on September 4, 2012 at 12:22pm — 3 Comments

Hard to believe that I get to see him next week!!!

10 1/2 days to go until graduation and I cannot begin to explain how excited I am to see my son! We will be driving up there on Thursday (Aug. 23rd) and staying through the weekend.

I had a really bad night last Thursday and just sobbed for awhile. I had been worried about Josh all day because it was tear gas chamber day! He used to get really bad migraines and I was so concerned that it would make him sick. Then, I heard a song that just made me absolutely crumble... "Letters from…


Added by Josh'sMom-Div267 on August 13, 2012 at 2:35pm — 2 Comments

A letter from our pets

Today, I decided to write a letter "from" our pets to my son, Josh. He has been really depressed lately and I felt the need to try to cheer him up!!

In the letters, I included pictures and referred to them as if they were the ones writing the letter. IE: our little mini weiner dog (who Josh trained to sneeze when she wants cheese) as well as our Australian Shepherd who seems to think it is okay for him to get in the trash because it smells like chicken and pizza. Words from our cat…


Added by Josh'sMom-Div267 on August 3, 2012 at 9:02pm — 1 Comment

A little concerned about my son being depressed

Well, I received another letter from Josh yesterday and he seemed to be in decent spirits and mentioned that the food is "actually pretty good", which made me feel better. However, he also made a couple of comments about being depressed over concerns that his girlfriend will not want to wait for him and lately has been regretting his decision to join. In all of my letters, I try to send encouraging thoughts and remind him to stay strong and focused but I worry that if he really starts…


Added by Josh'sMom-Div267 on August 3, 2012 at 12:36pm — 7 Comments

5 weeks down... 3 more to go!!

The past 5 weeks have included a roller coaster of emotions for me, as my son left for Basic Training on June 28th. During this time, I have discovered a completely different outlook on the US military. However, it is worthy to note that I did not have a negative feeling about the military prior to my son joining... just a complete lack of experience with it at all.

I have since gained a whole new respect for our sailors and soldiers. I have found myself beaming with pride and tears…


Added by Josh'sMom-Div267 on August 2, 2012 at 12:40pm — No Comments

Son leaves for MEPS tomorrow and Great Lakes on Thursday

Well, Josh leaves for MEPS tomorrow and then they will take the bus to Great Lakes first thing Thursday morning. I am feeling a bit better now but I am sure that I will have my days. I am taking him and his girlfriend out to dinner tonight and am really looking forward to spending a little more time with him before he leaves.


I am hoping for a break in this weather but the forecast doesn't look very promising. We haven't had any rain in what seems like weeks and the temps are…


Added by Josh'sMom-Div267 on June 26, 2012 at 11:55am — 1 Comment

A very emotional time for me.

I am not entirely sure how to feel right now. My son leaves for Basic Training in 6 days and, quite frankly, I am a mess. I am so extremely proud of who he is and the choices that he has made for himself but I am also very scared. I am going to miss him like crazy but then again, I have already missed him for a long time. He lives with his dad and for the past 2 years I lived an hour away from him. I recently (about 2 weeks ago) moved back "home" to Columbus, Indiana but now he is getting…


Added by Josh'sMom-Div267 on June 22, 2012 at 11:22am — 1 Comment

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