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All Hands Magazine's mini-documentary series "Making a Sailor": These six videos follow 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. 

Making a Sailor: Episode 1 - "Get on the Bus"

Making a Sailor: Episode 2 - "What did I get myself into?"

Making a Sailor: Episode 3 - "Processing Days"

Making a Sailor: Episode 4 - "Forming"

Boot Camp: Making a Sailor - Episode 5

Making a Sailor: Episode 6 - "I'm a U.S. Navy Sailor"

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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."

Please note! Changes to this guide happened in October 2017. There are now tickets issued, and there are no longer parking passes for PIR.

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Bkm4's Blog (8)

One more week!!

So one more week and I will be in Great Lakes with my other 2 daughters for graduation!!!

News? Well no news is good news I keep telling myself. Last phone call she was doing well and enjoying it all. She said she hadn't written and apologized, but I understand. I write to  her often enough. All she had to do was get through the initial run and swim to set her mind at ease, after that she wouldn't let anything get in the way. I am pretty blessed with a daughter that will push herself…


Added by bkm4 on March 21, 2019 at 10:06am — 4 Comments

3 week call

I am so happy that I was home today !!! She was able to make her 3 week call!!! I almost missed it. Lucky for me the boss was over visiting so being late was OK. LOL. It was so good to hear her voice. What was even better was to hear her say things were going good and she was enjoying it. She has come so far. I am so happy for her and VERY proud !!!! Now to plan this trip to PIR.

Added by bkm4 on February 23, 2019 at 9:51pm — 2 Comments

Today !

Picked up the mail today and today I received the form letter! Think her box came in today too. Now I can breathe a little easier. I know she still has a ways to go, but being able to write her makes it all a little easier. Knowing she made the first run is a weight off me. So now I can start looking at planning the trip for PIR. As soon as I get the form letter filled out. 

Added by bkm4 on February 18, 2019 at 11:42pm — 1 Comment


So she is back at boot camp! She arrived on Friday (weather held them up). So just waiting patiently to not hear anything until we get the form letter. Hoping all goes well for her this time. I think she will be a little more confident this time. She has already been through that first week once, she KNOWS she can do the run with time to spare. Her confidence should be better this time around at least. So now I will wait......

Added by bkm4 on February 6, 2019 at 10:41pm — 3 Comments

SEPS- Will be home today !!!

Well I am off to pick her up. Funny, the drive to pick her up is almost as long as her flight. Happy that I will get to see and hug her. And we will get some quality time together before we are back home. To all of you with a SR in SEPS hang in there. Keep giving them positive input. They will be home soon. 

Added by bkm4 on April 26, 2018 at 2:11pm — 4 Comments


I had a nice talk with my daughter on Monday. It is great to hear her voice. I also received my first letter from her Monday as well. Hearing from her more regularly now I don't worry so much. It is once she gets home I will worry. She is so upset, irritated, frustrated and mad right now that she doesn't know what to do. My fear is once she gets home that she may just give up and close off from everything. I know she is safe now, she is doing well and anxious to get home. Still no word on…


Added by bkm4 on April 18, 2018 at 4:04pm — 1 Comment

SEPS-She is being seperated.

We got the call on April 6th. She failed her run. Twice. So she is being sent home. She can go back in 6 months. I missed that call, my husband took it (I was at work). She called again on Monday the 9th. She is upset, frustrated and still far from home. She called her brother today. I am waiting for my next call from her and a letter from her soon. She says she wants to go back, I am going to do everything I can to help her and support her. I know if she just walked away and gave up she…


Added by bkm4 on April 11, 2018 at 6:46pm — 9 Comments


Well on 3/27 we dropped her off at the hotel, she called 3/28 at around 11 p.m. with the "I am here, I am safe" call. Well today I received the box. Looking forward to the form letter so I can start to send her letters. A really rough week for me and for my youngest daughter. So this week has to get better. I will anxiously await the letter and letters from her. 

Added by bkm4 on April 3, 2018 at 6:28pm — 3 Comments

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