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Link to Navy Speak - Navy Terms & Acronyms: Navy Speak

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

...and visit - America's Navy and also Navy Live - The Official Blog of the Navy to learn more.

OPSEC - Navy Operations Security

Always keep Navy Operations Security in mind.  In the Navy, it's essential to remember that "loose lips sink ships."  OPSEC is everyone's responsibility. 

DON'T post critical information including future destinations or ports of call; future operations, exercises or missions; deployment or homecoming dates.  

DO be smart, use your head, always think OPSEC when using texts, email, phone, and social media, and watch this video: "Importance of Navy OPSEC."

Follow this link for OPSEC Guidelines:



**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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Though you can click on everyone's profile to learn more about them, I thought I start a thread for people to introduce themselves to the forum community. :)

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I have done more praying in the last threee months then I have in the prior 50 years! These soldiers, sailors etc are so precious. Especially when it hits so close to home. God Bless them all!
What field did your son go into? Mine actually wants to go to Iraq with the Marines
Hey Georgette - I went to Orlando too in Nov. of 1983
Jawona - The CO of RTC also went to bootcamp in 11/83 (if I remember reading it correctly). Any chance you were in the same company???
Hey Georgette,
Welcome! We are mom's and no matter if we have done it (BC) its still hard when our kids go. I guess you may know how your parents felt when you left.:) My son is going on his 4th week and I am much better than I was the first 2 weeks. Once I got letters and 1 phone call I felt great! It was so good to hear his voice. It will get better hang in there!
Hey everyone!! My name is Sheila and I live in Muskegon, Michigan with my husband and 12 yr old. My son left for BC 2/26/08. I also have another son who graduated marine BC one week before Justin left. Although I'm happy and proud....I am more sad at this point! I wasn't quite done being a mom yet or raising them yet and they left me Anyway each day gets a little easier. I've only received one letter but it was enough to ease my mind for a bit. My granddaughter Kylin has helped me through alot of this, but its just not the same :0( anyway I am so thankful for you has really made a difference. I didnt realize there were sooo many moms that were as close to their child as I was....well here's to a happier day!!
What Ship and Division is your son in? My son left that same time 2/25. Ship 12 Division 157 I have not found anyone in that same division.
Hello Sheila, We are originally from Michigan but now in Chicago area. Our son is a week behind yours in DIV 169. Hope to talk to you again. YEAH MICHIGAN. Pat my name is Susan, my youngest son is in the Navy, and he is an MM3 right now in the nuclear field. My interests are sheep and dogs, that I show and my kids did when they lived at home. My family is pretty much all military and mostly Navy. My oldest son is an auto tech for Audi, and he also does Muey Thai kick boxing..yea as if I dont have enough stuff to worry about! My youngest son the sailor had always wanted to be in the Navy as part of a family tradition. His great uncle Don was a Congressional Medal of Honor recipient in WWII when he was on the USS Franklin. Now with a ship commissioned after him the USS Gary FFG51, my young son has a lot to live up to! I know he is a hard working kid as growing up on a small ranch with tons of chores..I bet all you moms heard this comment.."But I dont have a life, with all these chores!" made him a responsible person. Yes life was never easy as a single parent running things here at home, but my boys are good men now and know the meaning of hard work..I am so proud of BOTH my sons!
Hi Bonnie- Males and females pretty do everything together. They don't seperate them during training, only when it comes to their barracks. They swim together do all of their training mixed. If you go to utube and search Navy bootcamp, there is a video of what they go through during boot camp, and you will see that they do all of their training together.
oh, thanks for the information, I'll check out Utube--!! I wondered how they all managed to keep separate...guess they don't!


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