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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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Buying Flight Tickets When going on Leave

Son just finished School and got assigned to a boat.  Was told they will be given leave time later this year when they return from an assignment - but won't know specific dates for leave until they return, so would probably be buying plane tickets to come home 2-3 weeks before the actual flight.  Roundtrip plane tickets to fly cross country are expensive any what but even more so when bought within a few days of departure date.   So, are sailors just out of luck and need to purchase high priced tickets when leave is approved within a month or so of flight dates?   Do any of you have any experience with this?  Do some airlines offer special discounts for military? Thanks.

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Comment by ellen0502 on August 26, 2021 at 11:07pm

There will be someone that will help him with flight arrangements. They will give him details, and choices that will work with the Navy schedule he will be on. Yes, they do get a discount, although some cannot be great. The Navy does work, to some extent, with specific airlines, and they do try to find the best flight available. It is what it is.

Comment by Catherine on August 29, 2021 at 2:20am


Comment by Catherine on August 29, 2021 at 2:24am

Thanks! No one helped him with fares when he got a bit of leave after finishing A school, so his ticket was expensive.   Nice to hear there might be some assistance/advice now that he’s assigned to a boat.  

Comment by Chipmunk on August 29, 2021 at 9:03am

Catharine, my son has had to make his own arrangements as well but the last time he flew home, he was given information on a website that he could book his flight through and at least their travel insurance for flight cancellation was a lot cheaper than what I could get. 

Ellen0502 - if you have any information on who their resources are for getting cheaper rates, etc. I would appreciate it. Even when dealing with Delta directly, the best option they could give us were just the cheapest fare rates that I could book ourselves. Thanks!


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