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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 3:52pm on July 5, 2010, Lora/Ben's mom said…
Sandy, my son, Ben's weak area is not being able to float. He's a strong swimmer but has never been able to float. In the first letter he wrote Kimmy, he said that he had passed a swimming test...I'm hoping it included the floating part!! From what we have read on this site, the Navy won't give up on you but will work with you to get it right, unless or until you give up on yourself. I think it will probably help our sons that they are both older than the average recruit. For sure it will give them a little more experience to fall back on.

I know what you mean, I worry about how my son is doing himself, too!
Thanks for writting, Sandy!
At 12:32pm on July 5, 2010, Lora/Ben's mom said…
Hi Sandy! I know that Ben would normally want to help the ones that were having trouble, too! His dad, who went thru Great Lakes in the late 70's said that the one time he got in trouble in boot camp was when he and another guy dropped back in a run to try to encourage one of the slower guys. Maybe they had been told not to do this, I don't know. For some of the kind-hearted recruits that would be a normal thing to do!
At 11:28pm on July 4, 2010, diannep said…
Hi, Sandy. Yes, in the Navy, "no news is good news." They have to call home anytime there is a change, so know that he is safe and fine! Contact can be very sporadic and varies by division. Even some in the same division may miss their time to call if they had watch, etc. So just be patient and know he is doing well!
At 11:08pm on July 4, 2010, Lora/Ben's mom said…
Hi Sandy! Just checking in on you. Hope your weekend is going ok! I meant to let you know that we think they may have moved my son to Div 267 since that was on the return address when he wrote last Sunday. He said there were some younger guys in his division that kept messing up and the whole division had to pay for it. I do hope they let them call home soon! Take care!
At 5:36pm on July 3, 2010, prubio81 said…
O hey.. I def will. Right now.. just waiting for some stuff from my doc. Then I can talk to the recruiter. Everything has been on stand-by right now pending that blessed letter. I consider it my golden ticket. hopefully next week i can get it. :)
At 6:12pm on July 2, 2010, kimmy513371 said…
Im sure he will get the letters. Just may take a lil bit longer. I hope you hear from your son soon. His recruiter may not give you much info because of the privacy act. I ran into some of that.
At 9:50am on July 2, 2010, Lora/Ben's mom said…
Hey Sandy! I hope you hear from your son today! I wouldn't think that they would NOT let him write you, just maybe is taking a bit longer for you to get his letter. I heard that they are allowed to send mail starting the 2nd Sunday. I know how hard the waiting can be! I'll be thinking about you and hope to hear good news soon!
At 10:20pm on July 1, 2010, kimmy513371 said…
Hey!!! Yes I did get a letter & I got another one today. Im not sure what division he is in right now. He said he is being moved around along with some other guys. They are being moved from div 267 & 268. So they all have the same PIR date. But im not sure why they are shuffling guys in different divisions but with the same PIR date. He said most of the guys havent been able to talk to eachother yet. He also said that they had there swim test last week. Have you heard from your son???
At 3:12pm on July 1, 2010, Lora/Ben's mom said…
Hi Sandy! I just wanted to check and see if you had gotten your first letter yet. If you haven't, it can't be much longer now. We got mail yesterday! Wow, what a relief but also a reality check when you hear some of the things that they are experiencing. Anyway, I just wanted to let you know that I'm keeping my fingers crossed that you hear from him soon! Take care!
At 2:33pm on June 30, 2010, Alisha USS Nicholas said…
Hi Sandy Happy Birthday to your son !! It's sad to miss such a big birthday but I know they're doing something great.My son graduates 8/6 too : )
At 11:20pm on June 29, 2010, kimmy513371 said…
Hey Sandy! Im doing ok, hanging in there the best I can. This heat we are having here is killing me!!! I write Ben everyday & I go to the mail box everyday & still no letter :( Im hoping one comes this week. At first I didnt think I was gonna be able to make to his graduation but I will. Im gonna have my dad drive me up there so I can see him. I cant wait to see him either!!! & I kinda know where your younger son is coming from. I kinda feel like this lil one that im carrying thinks daddy left for good. Because he aint here to rub the belly or talk to him anymore like he use to all the time.
At 2:36am on June 29, 2010, SOBE,PIR 6/4/10 IT Mom, Italy said…
Hi Sandy! My son thought bc was going to be harder (physically), although he wouldn't want to go through it again - ever! He didn't like the "slackers" in his division that made life tougher for the rest of them. He REALLY likes being in the Navy and thought the lessons they learned in bc (even the difficult ones) were necessary and he had a lot of respect for his RDC's. He hated one at first, but that turned around when he finally "got" the picture of what they were trying to teach them. I hope this helps. Friend me if you want to talk more! Sobe (my real name is Lisa)
At 9:18pm on June 28, 2010, Lora/Ben's mom said…
We're hoping that my ex and his wife will drive, then she can ride with them, otherwise her dad might take off and drive her up there. I can't get enough time off work to drive and will be flying up.
At 8:26am on June 28, 2010, Lora/Ben's mom said…
Hi Sandy, how are you doing? Sorry I hadn't gotten on here the last few days. You asked if I knew about the 3 tests they have to take, and I think those must be the swimming ones...or at least that's what I had heard. I will just be glad for us to hear from my son! So far, we are still waiting for a letter or phone call. To make things worse, someone on here told my son's wife that my son had called me...not sure why they would say such a thing. It's made things alot more stressful for all of us!
At 2:15pm on June 27, 2010, his girl said…
Hi thanks for the add :)
At 5:45am on June 25, 2010, Lora/Ben's mom said…
Hi Sandy! Thanks for the update. I'm glad to hear that you've heard from your son and that he was actually enjoying boot camp! I think that being a little older will be an advantage for him.
So far, we have only had the short note that Ben was able to write with the graduation information that they sent. I'm sure it will be a little easier once we know how things are going for him! I will let you know when we hear.
Take care, ok?
At 11:32pm on June 24, 2010, kimmy513371 said…
Hey. I hope to hear from Ben soon as well. I havent heard anything from him since the one phone call saying he got there ok. I cant fly to his graduation because Im pregnant with his lil one. So Im to find someone to drive me up there. Ill be almost 8 months at that point & dont want to drive by myself. It was hard getting his box as well.
At 1:24am on April 11, 2010, BunkerQB said…

Welcome to N4M. Your key to adjusting is finding a group where you can feel comfortable and get answers to your questions – Click on the underlined links:
1. New Moms Stop Here group. You should think of this group as your orientation station. We do have a number of experienced members who can answer questions and point you in the right direction.
2. Depper’s… in but not yet . is a group for those just waiting for bootcamp to start (Delayed Entry Program – a depper)
3. Boot Camp Moms group. Is he/she already in bootcamp? Or just about to go in? This is the group.
4. OCS Graduate Moms or the NROTC Moms. For those going to be an officer or going to NROTC?
Read this blog to get a jump start on how to use the N4M site.
Welcome to New Members
Of particular importance is the use of the “Search” function. You should do searches in blogs, forums, discussions for answers in previously posted threads BEFORE adding a NEW blog/discussion. Finally, it takes time to learn how to use this site. Be patient. Check your page & status box often.
Best of luck, BunkerBee and AbbyblueOK (from the New Moms Stop Here Group)
At 11:39pm on April 10, 2010, Navy for Moms Admin said…
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