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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 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.

Please see changes to attending PIR in the PAGES column. The PAGES are located under the member icons on the right side.

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At 9:36am on March 9, 2013, sallyg said…

Hi Jax! Glad to hear your sailor likes SA.  Will he still be here for our hot, humid summer? Mine has never been away from home on his own and has never seen snow fall.  He may be enjoying the novelty. I had to miss PIR :(  But my husband and I are planning to visit GL in a month or two :)

At 10:08pm on March 8, 2013, Proud Navy/NYPD Mom (Donna) said…

Hi Jax!  My name is Donna and I live in Plainville.  Not sure how far away we are from each other, but it would be wonderful to have someone to talk with.  My son is an MA.  He is in the Reserves & his civilian job is with the NYPD.  He has been deployed twice now and there have been rumors of another one coming up!  I hope not, they always come at the worst times.  Example:  he was married in May, activated in July and shipped out in September (deployment #1).  Then they had a baby girl in March, he was activated in April and shipped out in May.  First time he left his bride, second time he left her alone with an infant!!  She's saying no 2nd baby until he's been home to enjoy their daughter.  Smart girl.

At 4:08pm on February 27, 2013, Austin's Other Mom said…
Hi Jax, i'd like that alot. My name is Monica. Our son sounds like he is most interested in pharmacy tech but he talked about a lot of things so not completely sure right now. How about your's?
At 10:58pm on February 20, 2013, BrianH said…
At 10:56pm on February 12, 2013, BrianH said…

Oops....forgot to include the link!  Here it is:

At 10:54pm on February 12, 2013, BrianH said…

Hi Jax.  Are you counting the days yet?  I'm almost counting the hours!  :)  They should have had pictures taken this past Friday.  He called Feb 1 and told us that was 3-4 day.  So the 8th should have been 4-4 day.  Last week, from what I hear, is the hardest week, outside of Battlestations.  I'm sending a link to a page that breaks Boot Camp down, week by week, up to Week 6.  Today should be 5-1 day, if my calculations are right.  

At 4:39pm on February 5, 2013, taylormom010313 said…

That is great you got a call.  I thought it was a little late for calls, just hoping everything was good.  Only 4 weeks to go. 

At 7:14pm on February 1, 2013, Barbydahlzz ALUM 09/075 USS JPJ said…

Hi Jax.....  my sailor has said that the food in boot was quite tasty...  except for the eggs hahaha  they wrecked havoc on his bowels to put it nicely HAHAHHAHAHA    i don't remember is he tried veal..    4 WEEKS TO GO!!

At 6:46pm on January 25, 2013, BrianH said…

Hi.  His rate is likely Master-At-Arms, abbreviated to MA.  After being next to Lake Michigan for Boot Camp, he'll like the Texas weather!  Our boy is going to be an Information Systems Technician ( IT ), and he'll be going to Pensacola, Florida for A-School.  Wish WE could spend a few months there, too! 

At 9:42am on January 18, 2013, jax said…

hey, everyone booked my flight/hotel accomadations and yep crying again.  I realy am coocoo lately. anyway, flying southwest feb 28th-march 4th, and stating at The Resident Inn by Marriott-Waukegan. counting down the days.

At 10:32pm on January 15, 2013, jax said…

I got my kid in a box today way after my form letter, there was no note, I searched his cell for a text but nothing.  This isn't going to get me down cause I have been writing him like mad and i know it won't be long till I get a letter.  Actively making plans for PIR helps me get excited instead of depressed.

At 9:43pm on January 14, 2013, KDsMom92 said…

Hi jackie, nice to meet you, my name is Darlene and my son is Kalob. I am new to all this also , all excited and confused at the same time, cant wait till PIR we are leaving here, ohio, on thursday morning in hopes to go to the meet and greet , i wish your son Mike all the luck

At 4:56pm on January 14, 2013, DblMeaness said…
Yea! I just got my form letter. March 1 can't get here soon enough!
At 8:04am on January 13, 2013, classicplbghtg said…

I get info on this site late dont know why but i am glad they are together and i will see you at graduation keep on writing :And keep me posted too.He didnt write anything the address was on envelope with hotel booklet he hates to write hes got bad handwriting so i wasnt sure of date but now i know from you:)

At 2:56pm on January 12, 2013, classicplbghtg said…

I received the form letter he is ship 13 Div. 104 let me know when you get yours he did not write the date though i am assuming its 03/01 keep me posted

At 12:49pm on January 12, 2013, jax said…

Hey everyone, I got my letter today!!!! Oh thank God, now I can send him all the letters I've been writing! never been so happy to see his scribble in all my life!!!

At 6:12pm on January 11, 2013, classicplbghtg said…

didnt get the form letter yet but it would be great if they are together,We will have to wait i guess next week and see;)

At 8:11pm on January 10, 2013, classicplbghtg said…

Hi my son shipped out 1/4/13 and i received his box today  maybe they are together

At 11:14am on January 10, 2013, jax said…

hey I sure would love to hear from anyone whos child shipped out to bootcamp on 1/4/13

At 2:09pm on January 9, 2013, jax said…

still awaiting my first letter, and the dreaded package of my sons worldly possessions, this sight has been a godsend!


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