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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.

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At 12:49am on July 26, 2011, Txtwins 7/290**12/295 said…
thanks for the add. its been almost a month and still no letter. Was wondering how long did it take you to get the form letter.
At 2:18pm on May 12, 2011, paybacks398 said…

I will get the exact directions off our GPS his afternoon and send them to you tomorrow

At 9:30am on November 6, 2010, Serendipity(Teri),ship13 div 328 said…
Ariel only has to finish the run and BS. I know privacy and quiet time can be an issue when you share a compartment with others in the Navy. Ariel mentioned that as an issue while in bootcamp. Hopefully Tiff's roommates become more considerate of other's study time. Yes, I really wish this phase of bootcamp ends soon so Ariel can enjoy the holiday break and come home. She may break the record for the longest time in bootcamp (hahaha). I'm sure will remember Tiff, and thanks again for being so supportive. I'm sure Ariel will be pleasantly surprised to get a card from you.
At 10:41pm on November 4, 2010, Serendipity(Teri),ship13 div 328 said…
We've only had one phone call since she's been in RCU. She is writing, but no word yet when things could be finalized. She is phasing up in therapy, and waiting to be released from medical hold so she can run. I'll go to facebook and send you her address. I know Tiff is so happy to wear her clothes and have some individuality. Is Tiff coming home for Thanksgiving? I hope you get to see her for the holidays. Things are so uncertain with Ariel I just want her to finally finish bootcamp.
At 9:41pm on November 3, 2010, Serendipity(Teri),ship13 div 328 said…
Okay you were reading my mind. I was thinking about you earlier and was wondering how Tiff's doing and if she would come home for Thanksgiving or Christmas. Ariel is doing okay, and we are still waiting for her to get released from medical hold. I received a letter from her yesterday dated, Oct. 26th and she was scheduled to see the doctor, Oct. 28th for an update. She was hoping the doctor would okay her to start running again. I'm not sure who she's in contact with. I think it's a completely new group of recruits. Her letters are more encouraging and optimistic. So I'm still waiting to get a call with good news..
At 2:11pm on October 25, 2010, Serendipity(Teri),ship13 div 328 said…
There were two other girls from div. 328 that were held back because they did not pass the run, but when Ariel was placed on medical hold I don't think she knew anyone. She says a friend goes to visit her and mentioned one of the petty officer's being very encouraging. She goes to church alot and reads her bible.
At 12:37pm on October 25, 2010, CharitySailor'sWife2B said…
When did your daughter PIR?
At 9:47am on October 25, 2010, Serendipity(Teri),ship13 div 328 said…
Sharon I am on facebook (Teri Harper). Let me warn you I am really bad about going to facebook. Since my daughter has been in the Navy this is the most that I have ever accessed the computer. I love this website. A member of my church was asking me how Ariel was, and her daughter is considering going to the Navy. I told her about the website, because it has really been a lfesaver. I don't know what I would have done if I had not signed up here. Also my husband got a call from Ariel, but it was the shortest since the first call when she arrived at bootcamp. She feeling down, but still optimistic. Her iron and hemoglobin both dropped and now she has shin spints and a bad knee. This girl has been through the wringer. I pray things get better and she graduates soon.
At 10:14pm on October 24, 2010, Anna said…
Welcome to Moms of Daughters 2!! Glad you found us - - now jump in and let us all get to know you and your sailor!!!!
Looking forward to chatting with you!!
At 3:55pm on October 24, 2010, Serendipity(Teri),ship13 div 328 said…
Sharon how is Tiff liking her new room? How much room do they have to keep their navy stuff and personal items? So is it true that when they leave the base they have to travel in pairs? What internet service did Tiff get, and is it on a cell phone or laptop? It's been almost 3 months since Ariel went to the hair salon. I know she'll really be in need of a trip to the salon so she can get a perm and a decent hair cut. When we saw her she said she looked like sonic the hedge hog. I didn't comment but her hair was in bad shape, and there is no where on base that can care for black hair. I found a salon nearby where she can go once she graduates. Please Lord let Ariel get healthy and graduate soon. ... Amen!!!!!! Have a hsppy Sunday:)
At 10:16pm on October 23, 2010, Serendipity(Teri),ship13 div 328 said…
I'm not sure what her address is. Once I get a call from her, I should have a good address. The recruiter and public affairs both gave me different addresses, and the return address on her letter is different as well.
At 3:25pm on October 22, 2010, Serendipity(Teri),ship13 div 328 said…
Finally got a letter from her yesterday written 10/16 and 10/17. She still seems encouraged, and says her RDC is really helping her. So I'm remaining optimistic she'll get through this. She now says she's looking forward to making the "I'm a U.S Navy Sailor call" and walking through Freedom Hall". I just don't want her to get discouraged. I'll keep you posted. I would love for her to come home for the holidays, but we need to get her healthy and make it out of bc first:).
At 8:51am on October 22, 2010, SimplyJRB-ADs Mom said…
I wish, I could say it was mandatory! LOL. I even stated that we were going to spend it with our son. But my supervisor has just little ones & no military experience, so I don't think it means anything to her. My manager on the other hand, has military family, I'm thinking I'll slide it into our conversation today while him & I are talking. Fingers Crossed! She might make good money if she offered to take duty for others over thanksgiving. Someone from Jimmy's PIR made over $100 for taking someone else's duty. NICE! Just a thought. Tell her to dress in layers when it starts getting cold, it will help. Keep me updated, would love to hear how she is doing! Do you have a preference on CA or VA?? My husband was in Norfolk, it is beautiful!!
At 6:32pm on October 21, 2010, SimplyJRB-ADs Mom said…
Doing well, LOVING Pensacola! Found this week he graduates on 11-19. :)) Hoping to spend Thanksgiving with him in FL (if my job doesn't get in the way! :( ) How long will she be in school?
At 5:04pm on October 21, 2010, Serendipity(Teri),ship13 div 328 said…
P.S. Because she did not graduate with her ship and division she does not want to participate in the graduation ceremony with another division. So once she completes her run and goes to BS, she will probably not participate in PIR. We'll see. I tried to bribe her and told her I would return to her PIR if she participates. Thanks for your concern and prayers.
At 4:59pm on October 21, 2010, Serendipity(Teri),ship13 div 328 said…
We have known that she was anemic, and in the past she had to have iron i.v. because it took a very longtime to get the anemia stable with oral iron supplements. They told her they could only give her iron supplements so it may take awhile for the anemia to resolve. I'll update her on Tiff as well, and I know she's looking forward to seeing people from her division.
At 3:18pm on October 21, 2010, Anna said…
I've been talking to Serendipity and I saw your comments on her page. I noticed you also have a daughter and I want to invite you to our group Moms of Daughters 2. We are a friendly, caring group of moms with girls in all stages of Navy life - from newbies to those who have been in for a couple years - - from enlisted to officer. I have a daughter and a son enlisted now and another daughter is enlisted as an officer candidate finishing school before going off to be a Naval Flight Officer. My son has been in over 5 years and my daughter over 2. We would love to have you join our chats and let us get to know you and your sailor. We love to hear the great accomplishments our girls make but also to be there for each other when we are missing our girls!! Here is the link to the group: Again, Welcome Aboard!!!!
At 2:04pm on October 21, 2010, Serendipity(Teri),ship13 div 328 said…
She's now on medical because she's anemic. They are not making her run again until the anemia is resolved. Once she completes the last run she'll go to BS and graduate. I am happy they finally paid attention to her when she said she was having trouble breathing when she was running. Tiff looks great in uniform. Tell Tiff congratulations. I'm happy you guys didn't have to go through this.
At 8:12am on October 20, 2010, SimplyJRB-ADs Mom said…
Sharon, LOVE those pics!!! :)
At 9:57pm on October 9, 2010, Serendipity(Teri),ship13 div 328 said…
Ariel will be in Great Lakes for A school. I sure hope I hear from her soon. I'll keep you posted. Not hearing from her is worse now, because I don't have an address to write her. I have a good friend who lives in Chicago, and she said she wrote her at the old address we had. When we saw her she said she was moved to a different ship, but had no address for us.

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