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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 1:59pm on February 25, 2013, Tinat (Ship 02 Div 943) said…
Hi, my son leaves for boot camp on July 10th. I was wondering if you could tell me how your child feels about being a HT and what his job entails.
At 8:56am on January 2, 2012, countrywoods said…

Im also on Facebook Laura Anderson, Lakeland Florida.

At 8:55am on January 2, 2012, countrywoods said…

I took it for granted he was on Landons ship too.

He is on USS Abraham Lincoln, They left dec 5 this is his first deployment.

I know all about the pins and needles. And Im really not trying to watch the news these days, this is a pretty crazy world we live in right now.

I keep getting told that the Navy is one of the safest services for the guys trying to believe it trust me.

At 4:54am on January 2, 2012, countrywoods said…

thanks bobbie, I just saw your post Im sorry, my email is

Since my last post my son was deployed on the USS Abraham Lincoln, they have been gone since Dec 5, its been nerveracking to say the very least.

would like to keep in touch

At 2:23pm on July 19, 2011, Paula (was Capricorna) said…
I don't like surprises when I travel, so I would make all arrangements (hotel, shuttle, car rental, whatever) ahead of time.  I put everything in a folder and have it in my carry on bag with boarding pass and itinerary.
At 9:11am on July 16, 2011, Mama C (PS E-Class 1202-1) said…

Bobbie - I just saw your post on Boot Camp Mom's group.  You may send him envelopes with stamps on them if you wish.  He can fill out the address info as needed.  Also, if you don't already know this, you can send him a book of 20 stamps in a letter.  Anything flat can go in a letter, including Band-Aids!  He may need them for all the running and marching they'll be doing!  I sent Band-Aids in a regular letter - I sent bigger sizes too.  Mainly the 1x3 inch is good, but a few bigger ones may be good.  If he doesn't use them, he might give them to another recruit is in need!

My son PIR'd 5/13 from BC and is in Goose Creek, South Carolina.  BC seems like ages ago, but I still visit other groups.

Good Luck and God's Peace to you!

At 12:51pm on July 12, 2011, Chris's MOM said…
Thank you for your reply , I am sure it will get better as time goes on  . Take care Heike =)
At 7:24pm on July 8, 2011, navy mom Ship 03 Div 250 PIR 8/5 said…
also, how do i find you on facebook?
At 7:21pm on July 8, 2011, navy mom Ship 03 Div 250 PIR 8/5 said…
oh and he also said that they come out with a big stack of letters and give out ten of them.  he hasnt gotten any yet and i told him about 50 people mailed him letters.  I probably sent 10 myself.
At 7:20pm on July 8, 2011, navy mom Ship 03 Div 250 PIR 8/5 said…
Hi Bobbie:  sorry it took so long to get back to you.  Yes, Jack now says his ship is 03 but still 240.  he said that he is buds with a guy from Alaska, another from Florida and another from Tenn.  he said they help each other out and study together.  Did you get a call last night?  it was a big releif to talk to him and hear he was doing just fine.  says a lot of guys are overweight and on diets.  he thinks he is getting fat. ha ha.
At 3:53pm on July 6, 2011, acesmom(ship:03, Div: 249) said…
My son didn't tell me anything. I don't know if h is getting any letters.
At 12:30pm on June 30, 2011, navy mom Ship 03 Div 250 PIR 8/5 said…
Hi:  I have to join the PIR 8/5 group.  I am working and have been away a couple of days but back in time to get my first letter.  Boy, waiting two weeks was agonizing.  glad to hear my guy is doing well.  I need to get a confimation from him if he is grad n go because it changes everything schedule wise.  He said he was going to be grad and go when he left but i want to make sure.  Maybe his recruter can confirm it.
At 7:24pm on June 20, 2011, hrmqueenmel (Ship 07/Div 246) said…
Hi bobbijk1971.  I saw on the Boot Camp Moms group that you asked me if I had joined the PIR 8/05 group yet.  Just wanted to let you know that I have...thanks for asking.  I am thrilled that you received your box today...glad that your FedEx guy won't be filing charges.  :o)  It's always fun to read your comments.  Thanks!
At 4:44pm on June 16, 2011, countrywoods said…

he left on monday and got there about 8 pm our time. Great Lakes about how long after the box arrives does the letter come?

And does that mean he is now officially in bootcamp in a squad or ship? Sorry learning the lingo!


At 7:14pm on May 30, 2011, motheroftwo (ship 07/div 340) said…
Hey Bobbi! Im doing ok I reckon. I have my good days and bad days. My son will graduate from high school a week from this sat and I can't believe how fast time is going!!! How r u doing?
At 7:52pm on May 17, 2011, motheroftwo (ship 07/div 340) said…
From what I have gathered as long as they do not ship out immediately to a school they can go off base but will have to wear their uniform everywhere ..I believe they will have a curfew though and will have to sleep on base.
At 7:47pm on May 17, 2011, motheroftwo (ship 07/div 340) said…
I know what you mean!!!!!! If you need a laugh go to the forums tab and see if u can fund top ten letters from boot camp.. I went thru every post on that one and my family thought I had lost it....I would go from crying to laughing (and im a snorter...not the cute lil snort bot the type when my kids were lil they thought I sounded more like a pig then their see n say) I have my days where im so proud and excited for him and then I have days where I completely lose it. Billy will be graduating high school 6/11 and then goes tot bc 5 days before my bday (whichis the only one he will miss in bc) so I know all about those emotional breakdowns!!! So we can just be here for each other!!
At 7:04pm on May 17, 2011, motheroftwo (ship 07/div 340) said…
Hey Bobbi!!!! Thanks again for the info!! I am in Nc and have lived in Guilford or Randolph county my whole about as close as u can get to the middle of the an hr from Virginia and SC and about 3 and a half from mtns and the beach!! My son will be a machinist mate when he enters. What will yours be and where will he go to A school? Billy will stay at Great Lakes for 9 more weeks which Im hoping that means I will get to spend the weekend of his PIR with him.
At 5:06pm on May 16, 2011, Navy for Moms Admin said…

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