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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 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).  Still limited to 2 guests maximum.

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 7/16/2021**




**UPDATE - 2020**

Due to COVID there is no public PIR. The graduations are on Thursday, and the video of the graduation is posted on RTC's FaceBook on Friday at approx 3pm. Please keep in mind that a division may need to complete additional quarantine during training which will delay their graduation.

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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This is a letter written that helped her recruit see who they really are;

I want you to be happy in your life’s choices and where ever you go and what ever you do…The friendships you will make will be for a life time. Your superiors who are yelling at you now, I know is hard to comprehend but they will be your friends, leaders and mentors for your Life. You will see that everything they teach you, tell you and show you will forever be a guidance for you and most of all protect you, in this service you have chosen. What they do is for you to succeed, to live and most of all to protect yourself in your duties. Your listening skills now will forever be your best friend….knowing when to listen and when to talk and when to shut up, for sure is a guide that you will need to adhere to in the Navy. Even when you are somewhere else, meaning mess hall, sleep quarters, workout areas etal…always observe your surroundings. Watch what others are doing and listen to what others are saying, you never know when you may hear something that may help you. This also may be a test in many times, your superiors sometimes do things that will surprise you and listening as your days and night progress may help you in many ways as you proceed through this wonderful journey you have chosen.  Although, I am far away from you, trust that I am with you every step of the way. My heart and my thoughts are with you always. At night while you are trying to fall asleep, remember, I am right there with you, praying for God to give you the strength to move on to your next day. I know you are tired and exhausted at night and feel like you can’t go on sometimes…dig deep ….God will give you the strength when you need it the most. Remember, God doesn’t give us the things we can’t handle, he gives us the things we can handle, it is our choice whether we move forward with his guidance and choices he gives us to make.


 Remember, as you lie you head on your pillow…I am there telling you goodnight and that I do love you…now and forever…no matter what choices you make I am with you all the way and Proud of you always.

All Navy men and women SHOULD BE PROUD, with no hesitations. People have no idea what it takes to be in the Navy. As I read, and believe me I have been reading about the Navy and being a Navy recruit or officer. The work, knowledge and gift of being in the Navy is of great Honor. What a person gives up in their civilian life is a spec of what they earn in being part of the Navy family. This is a wonderful Honor, wear it with Pride as you continue to grow with you new family for Life. I don’t say that lightly either.

REMEMBER THIS: These people will be a huge part of your life, they will be your life your family for the next 4 years, embrace them and what you learn with great Pride…and go on show off your stripes, rewards, medals etal as you earn them…You should…it is what is expected in your teachings from the Navy, for what you earn and learn is reward to them for doing their job well, in assisting and teaching you to succeed in the Navy. LOVE MOM!

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Comment by Beckylee on March 6, 2012 at 2:50pm

Thank you so much for your letter My daughter left for basic march 5 and reading your letter gave me the words I should be telling her.  Thank you


Comment by Conny Ahoi on March 7, 2012 at 9:43am

awe...what a blessing ... you just say what i cannto put in words ... may i use your letter to send to my son ... it is so beautiful written ... GOD BLESS YOU , my son left home february 27th., 

Comment by LA-BriansMom (Ship 3 Div 116) on March 7, 2012 at 3:38pm

The answer is Yes, to all who have been asking me, feel free to copy and send to your son...I read it again and it really does say it all...I told my son in the last letter I wrote to refer to this letter every time he is getting down or upset about something....and he told me he if it is a great pat on the back for them while they are there and a great wake up call....then by all means send them this letter........I Salute them as they turn into true men! Our soon to be Sailors!

Comment by Sam's Mom on March 12, 2012 at 5:40pm

What a wonderful post...Thank you...

Comment by Annette GM3 Mom on March 12, 2012 at 10:27pm
I may borrow this also. My son is at the hotel and shipping tomorrow.
Comment by Smile09 AD/HM Mom on March 23, 2012 at 10:54am

Such wisdom! Thank you for sharing this. I will certainly be using some of this in my letters to my son.  

Comment by tommysmomeod on March 23, 2012 at 9:55pm

What a beautiful and encouraging letter. My son leaves in July shortly after high school graduation. I hope when I write him I can be as encouraging as you were to your son. My Son is Navy EOD so I am extremely nervous. He is my baby, my only biological child. Thinking about him doing something so dangerous makes me very, very nervous.

Come to think about might have to write me a letter of encouragement as well (LOL).

Comment by Irish Navy mom (Ryan's mom) on April 23, 2012 at 9:25pm

this is wonderfully written, thanx for sharing. i may borrow some of it. I'm having a difficult time with this whole transition... think I needed this letter as much as my son does.  We just want him to know how much we love him and how proud we are!

thanx again


Comment by Sely on March 3, 2016 at 9:30am

Love it...I may borrow this when my son leaves in April. Got to admit as the days get closer my heart gets heavier. I'm very proud of him but at the same time I'm scared for him.


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