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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 11:31am on March 1, 2011, Alysia-Redsmom (VQ-4/ATO) said…
Whohoo - Congrats to you & your New Sailor!!

How was PIR? Hopefully the weather cooperated some! Where is your sailor headed now?
At 9:21pm on February 9, 2011, RysMom23 said…

What are his new orders??? I hope nothing bad.   I was just telling my hubby I am getting so excited knowing the week is almost over, its like i am jumping out of my skin.  I hope our boys feel the same way.  I am so nervous for Fridays phone call, I know the boys will pass, but just knowing they may not, makes me nervous.   I heard about the ice by you, the school districts are all closed and major accidents.   I keep checking the forecast for Great Lakes, looks like we may be okay.  I cannot wait to meet you too.  I hope we can make it to Thursdays Meet n Greet.  Dont forget I will have all the Grandparents and my 2 1/2 yr old. Depending on how our traveling goes, that will dictate if we will go.  I am hoping I can, but there is always PIR to hook up.   Have a good evening and I will chat with ya later in the week.

At 10:00am on February 5, 2011, RysMom23 said…
i know about your corp office is in the dallas-forth worth area.  they send me some pics.  dont worry our weather here in NY is not too good.  Seems like my son is the only NY'er in this divison. i think it is great though...I LOVE meeting other people.  as my hubby says, i can chat with anyone, even a person on the grocery store line.  i am saying   prayers for our division to make sure they all do well at battle stations.  have  a great saturday. 
At 7:54pm on February 3, 2011, RysMom23 said…
Hey Txnavymom...hope all is well.   how is your weather in texas?   kinda of nerve racking since we are leaving in 14days and the weather has just gone wacky all over the country.  hope you got your letter today.  got one from ryan and he sounded good and is ready for BattleStations on the 10th.   Hope to hear how your son is doing. 
At 6:50pm on January 26, 2011, RysMom23 said…

Self Employed or Employed by seems there is never enough time to accomplish all we want.  Yes,I agree the 31st needs to come fast.   Last night Ryan's girlfriend and her two bestest came over.  It felt like the "old days" As if Ryan has been gone for years...

I think his girlfriend like it too, she had a connect back.  She didnt have to feel guilty talking about Ryan.  I can remember when I was that age and your boyfriend was all you would talk about.   I cannot wait to just sit and chat with Ryan,get to hear his adventures while in BC.   It is going to snow here again...I know the weather in Texas has been crazy too.  I was in Lewisville, Tx the begining of Jan for work..and it was cold.

At 7:47pm on January 24, 2011, RysMom23 said…
txnavymom..hope all is well.  i dnt get on all that much.  kinda hard with work and my 2 1/2 yr old.  im reading the email chain, kinda worried about no PIR for 2/18.  Hopefully we get a call this week, if so, I am going to ask Ryan what is going on.  Like I said in my other post to the group, his letters and that one call, he only mentioned postitive stuff.  if i know ryan,he doesnt want me to worry, because he knows i will.  i will stress myself over it.  its funny how our boys know us.  anyway...dinner is almost ready and joey is being VERY quite, that usually means trouble.  prayers are with you and your sailor.  24 days until PIR and our meeting...nic
At 5:38pm on January 24, 2011, Alysia-Redsmom (VQ-4/ATO) said…
good are you holding up? Have you heard from your SR and how are they doing? What week are they in now? From what I can tell it maybe around week 5 - which is called "HELL WEEK" alot of additional PT, PFA & written tests performed. Prayers for continued success and unity for their DIV. Keep me posted :-)

My sailor is settled in at PNAS now and has actually earned liberty off base....he loves the new found taste of freedom. He already requested for us to send him some personal clothes/shoes along with his XBOX360.....I just had to laugh ALOT!! As long as he's happy; Mommas happy!
At 5:52pm on January 21, 2011, RysMom23 said…
OMG...thursdays are rush to the mailbox at my house and Ryan's girlfriends house.  Yesterday was soooo sad, when I opened the box nothing was there.  then i remembered that monday was a holiday..LOL.   Got one today.  Ryan is doing well from what I can tell. The letter we got today, he was happy that they are getting into the heart of boot camp.  I guess for them it means the home stretch.  before you know it, feb will be here and then PIR.
At 12:30am on January 21, 2011, newnavymom(Ship 03 Div 79) said…
Well being from north texas and having lived in oklahoma...I can do rain snow shine sleet and tornados lol lol lol. Are you going to the meet and greet Thurs nite?  I had hoped to get a letter by now, with the holiday, but the mailman did not even come today, I had a letter to go out to my son, we usually get at least junk mail each that we are on the downhill side to PIR I am breathing much easier, how are you doing??
At 8:45pm on January 20, 2011, newnavymom(Ship 03 Div 79) said…
I was looking thru the brochure that came with the form letter and there is a website navy graduation family rates..motel and car....says must have ID but called agency and they said no id necessary (military) for 35.00 nite rates near base?  Have you checked any of those.  I am going to book on monday.
At 10:56pm on January 18, 2011, married2asailor101 said…
lol his name is Dave Thorp. he keeps talking about all of these guys like i know who they are and i have no clue in the world lol. so i guess on the 18th i'll have to learn a ton of names and not forget them
At 9:28pm on January 17, 2011, RysMom23 said…
OMG....i am so happy for you. it is 30 days from today we will all be on a jet plane!!! we just started the count down calendar.  i cannot wait to meet you and the other families.  it will be great to finally meet and hug, and share our tears.   did you book your hotel???? did you get more letters or phone calls????
At 1:00pm on January 17, 2011, minkur said…
Yes I am...I am holding off on the plane tix till Friday of this week though!  Hopefully They will not go up!  My hubby was really happy to finally get the call, he is having the hardest time with all this...and then to hear that your son did not even know what day it was, broke my husbands heart!
At 10:04pm on January 15, 2011, Alysia-Redsmom (VQ-4/ATO) said…
Well I'm emotionlly & physically drained after one of the most eventful weekends of my life!! Weather held up pretty good through out our stay. Navy Lodge accomodations were fantastic. The graduation ceremony was AWESOME & the first site of my sailor in uniform was breath taking. Aterwards to fianlly get to HUG was when I emotionally lost it. We had a fab time on liberty Friday visiting Chi-town & Willis Tower (skydeck) and enjoyed the famous Chicago style pizza. Saw him off at the airport to A school in Pensacola,FL early Saturday. We were able to give him his personal items (cell, laptop & digital camera). Afterwards we have now communicated several times which is GREAT! Overall this was an amazing experience one we will always remember :-) Don't forget to bring waterproof masacara & tissue....LOL
At 6:02pm on January 15, 2011, jsone DDG75 said…
Thank you for the note.  I gues your right about it being the nature and everyone gets in trouble at some point.  I just keep telling myself we are half way there.
At 8:07pm on January 14, 2011, married2asailor101 said…

hey wats ur sons name? my husband keeps talking about a bunch of different guys and i have no idea who hes talking about lol

At 6:44am on January 14, 2011, RysMom23 said…

i agree the letters and phone calls make now make you feel somewhat connected.  just to hear his voice was amazing.  look at us, our boys are gone for 4 weeks and we are blubbering fools, some families have not heard from their loved ones for longer due to there location.  we have the count down calender ready for monday.

yes, ryan said there are alot of people from texas and california, just 2or3 from NY.

At 10:31am on January 13, 2011, RysMom23 said…
I am so glad your call went well!   Yes Ryan did say he got his uniforms and was excited when he told us.   I think the boys just want to see us, once they are in A School, it will be easier for them.  We told him once A School hits,it will be like college.
At 9:47pm on January 12, 2011, RysMom23 said…
txnavymom...sorry i havnt been on in a while.  i was away all last week for work and playing catch up since i have been back.  i hope this post finds you well and your letters and calls have started.    i see in the post that our division is not doing well. my son never mentioned it in his few letters.  i guess he doesnt want us to worry, if you know anything about what is going on, please let me know.  we only have about 37days until we see our recruits.  hope to hear from ya soon... your fellow navy mom...nic
At 2:22am on January 11, 2011, Dani_Girl (ET wife) said…
I would really like that. There aren't very many of us from that division and we DO need to stick together. It kind of sounds like we're going to need each other. I hope things start looking up for our division. I could REALLY use a phone call from my husband right now. Thanks for your friendship and support.

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