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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 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


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I have received a recommendation for separation, which is what I wanted, the navy isn't all what I expected and I have had a few personal issues here in GL and don't wish to move forward, does anyone know how long it will take or the process or anything about this, I saw a psychiatrist a couple weeks ago and yesterday received a paper that says im recommended for administrative separation, no further details, I have to meet up at the medical liason every Thursday for a separation brief and also check in once a week on top of that. I was told this paper was also faxed over to legal which I should here something from them in about 2 weeks and then should be moved to THU. does anyone know anything about this at all???

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Comment by Anti M on September 25, 2013 at 8:48pm

I wish I had a firm answer for you.  I do know it can be a convoluted process up front, and that Great Lakes THU is a special place.  Sorry you are going through this.  I just wanted to say stay strong and hang in there, you'll be home and be glad of it.   

Comment by NavyWife2013 on September 25, 2013 at 8:52pm

what do u mean its a special place? do u know what we do there?


Comment by Edie on September 25, 2013 at 9:34pm
Hello sailor moon
I'm sorry to hear about how things didn't work out for you!
And brave enough to walk away.
But my son is one that is having trouble their! Can u plz private message me or post on here some of the things u have exprience! Thanks
Comment by Anti M on September 26, 2013 at 9:07am

I know more about RTC THU... pretty sure TSC has their own.  Holding units still have a routine, and plenty of musters, and busy work such as cleaning. You're still in the Navy, and still have to abide by the rules.  It can be frustrating.  Some of the other people waiting to separate can have bad attitudes, which while understandable, can make others miserable.  I'm trying to find out what THU does about liberty phases, it still may enforce them.  Since you're boots on the ground in Glakes, perhaps you can ask how to prepare yourself, and for more detail?

  My friend was separated in VA, although she was married and lived off base, she still had to muster with the holding unit and do busywork.  She didn't want to talk much about it, so I don't know how long her process took overall.

Comment by Lauryburg on September 26, 2013 at 8:13pm
Hi, Sailormoon! I'm actually surprised to read you want out!!! I remember having read your post saying you made it and everyone was congratulating you for becoming a Sailor... Now, after being in A School you say you have personal issues... are they Navy-related? Boy-related?

I have a daughter that wants to join the Navy once she graduates from HS and it concerns me to read things (?) may actually happen in GL. I do have to say, my oldest daughter went to BC and A School ten years ago and she never mentioned anything bad happening, except the normal discipline process.

I hope you didn't go through all this just to follow your boyfriend and now it backfired! You're young, think things through in future decisions and good luck!
Comment by Anti M on September 27, 2013 at 1:39pm

I went to A school in Great Lakes, ages ago.  The routine is a drudge while you are a student, and is far from glamorous.  Lots of tedious cleaning, and you can get into serious trouble over what seems like small infractions.  And all those single young men and women!  Drama-rama!  A school relationships are almost always doomed to fail.  Relationships with hometown sweethearts often fail.  Depression is common. And then there's the guys and gals who are married but "forget" to tell their dates that little detail.

Sometimes the new sailor thought their rate would be one thing, or that they would be stationed somewhere specific... many things.  Or they just can't get past homesickness.  I can think of dozens of reasons.  They are all valid, of the person isn't going to be a happy sailor, better to separate them than to endanger them and their ship mates further along the line.  I had a friend get separated once she got to her first command... and not because she was a bad sailor, but because the job and the unit she was assigned to were such a poor fit she had a breakdown.  It happens.  Best to just be supportive so they can move to a better, more productive path.

Comment by Edie on September 27, 2013 at 2:11pm
Anti m
That was exactly what I needed to know!&
To hear from someone that has been their before!
My sr is in boot camp now!
And communication is horrible right now!
Comment by Edie on September 27, 2013 at 2:12pm
Can you give me a little mor info on a school
Will be like?
Comment by NavyWife2013 on September 29, 2013 at 1:49am
Edie I sent u a friend request accept it and we can then send personal messages back and forth. A school isnt bad I have personnal issues that are coming back and its just not working out for me I dont have anyone here I am back with my ex but wont be with him till somtime next year anyway so thats definately not why im getting out loke I said it is personal I have heard of drama but its ur basic who is dating who and what not from high school but I dont hear many problems though ur sailor will be fine I just have a lot goin on at home and a few things coming back from my past so it doesnt have to do with the navy.


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