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Make sure to read our Community Guidelines and this Navy Operations Security (OPSEC) checklist - loose lips sink ships!

Join groups!  Browse for groups for your PIR date, your sailor's occupational specialty, "A" school, assigned ship, homeport city, your own city or state, and a myriad of other interests. Jump in and introduce yourself!  Start making friends that can last a lifetime.

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 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).  Still limited to 2 guests maximum.

Specific information on this policy change will be provided in the coming days and weeks.

We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience and appreciate your support.


RTC Graduation

**UPDATE 7/16/2021**




**UPDATE - 2020**

Due to COVID there is no public PIR. The graduations are on Thursday, and the video of the graduation is posted on RTC's FaceBook on Friday at approx 3pm. Please keep in mind that a division may need to complete additional quarantine during training which will delay their graduation.

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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ASVAB Scores Required for Navy Jobs

The Navy uses the individual ASVAB subtest score areas to determine whether or not a person qualifies for a job (rating). The ASVAB subtests are:

General Science (GS)
Arithmetic Reasoning (AR)
Word Knowledge (WK)
Paragraph Comprehension (PC)
Assembling Objects (AO)
Auto and Shop Information (AS)
Mathematics Knowledge (MK)
Mechanical Comprehension (MC)
Electronics Information (EI)
Sum of Word Knowledge and Paragraph Comprehension (VE).
Individual ASVAB score requirements for Navy enlisted jobs are: Rating (Job)

ASVAB Scores Required
ABE - Aviation Boatswain's Mate - Equipment VE+AR+MK+AS=184
ABF - Aviation Boatswain's Mate - Fuels VE+AR+MK+AS=184
ABH - Aviation Boatswain's Mate - Handling VE+AR+MK+AS=184
AC - Air Traffic Controlman VE+AR+MK+MC=210 -OR- VE+MK+MC+CS=210
AD - Aviation Machinist Mate VE+AR+MK+AS=210 or VE+AR+MK+MC=210
AE - Aviation Electronics Mate AR+MK+EI+GS=222 or VE+AR+MK+MC=222
AG - Aviation Aerographer's Mate VE+MK+GS=162
AIRC/AIRR - Aircrew Program AR+2MK+GS=194
AM - Aviation Structural Mechanic VE+AR+MK+AS=210 or VE+AR+MK+MC=210
AME - Aviation Structural Mechanic - Equipment VE+AR+MK+AS=210 or VE+AR+MK+MC=210
AMH - Aviation Structural Mechanic - Hydraulics VE+AR+MK+AS=210 or VE+AR+MK+MC=210
AMS - Aviation Structural Mechanic - Structures VE+AR+MK+AS=210 or VE+AR+MK+MC=210
AO - Aviation Ordnanceman VE+AR+MK+AS=185 or MK+AS+AO=140
AS - Aviation Support Equipment Technician VE+AR+MK+AS=210 or VE+AR+MK+MC=210
AT - Aviation Electronics Technician AR+MK+EI+GS=222 or VE+AR+MK+MC=222
AV - Avionics Technician AR + MK + EI + GS = 218
AW - Aviation Warfare Systems Operator VE+MK+GS=152
AZ - Aviation Maintenance Administrationman VE+AR=102
BM - Boatswain's Mate None Established
BU - Builder AR+MC+AS=145
CE - Construction Electrician AR+MK+EI+GS=201
CM - Construction Mechanic AR+MC+AS=162
CS - Culinary Specialist VE+AR=88
CS (SS) - Culinary Specialist (Submarine) AR+MK+EI+GS=200 or VE+AR+MK+MC=200
CTA - Cryptologic Technician - Administration VE+MK=102
CTI - Cryptologic Technician - Interperative VE+MK+GS=162
CTM - Cryptologic Technician - Maintenance AR+MK+EI+GS=223
CTO - Cryptologic Technician - Communications VE+AR=102
CTR - Cryptologic Technician - Collection VE+AR=109
CTT - Cryptologic Technician - Technical VE+MK+GS=162 (CCT AEF Program: AR+MK+EI+GS=223)
DC - Damage Controlman VE+AR+MK+AS=200 or MK+AS+AO=150
DIVER - Fleet Diver Program AR+VE=103 -AND- MC=51
DK - Disbursing Clerk VE+AR=104
DM - Draftsman No Requirements
DT - Dental Technician VE+MK+GS=149 or VE+MK+CS=153
EA - Engineering Aid AR+2MK+GS=207
EM - Electricians Mate VE+AR+MK+MC=209
EN - Engineman VE+AR+MK+AS=195 or VE+AR+MK+AO=200
EO - Equipment Operator AR+MC+AS=145
EOD - Explosive Ordinance Disposal AR+VE=109 and MC=51 or GS+MC+EI=169
ET - Electronics Technician AAR+MK+EI+GS=223
ET - Electronics Technician (Submarine) AR+MK+EI+GS=222 or VE+AR+MK+MC=222
FC - Fire Controlman AR+MK+EI+GS=223
FT - Fire Control Technician (Submarine) AR+MK+EI+GS=222
GM - Gunner's Mate AR+MK+EI+GS=205
GSE - Gas Turbine Systems Technician - Electrical VE+AR+MK+MC=209
GSM - Gas Turbine Systems Technician - Mechanical VE+AR+MK+AS=195 or VE+AR+MK+AO=200
HM - Hospital Corpsman VE+MK+GS=146
HT - Hull Technician VE+AR+MK+AS=200 or MK+AS+AO=150
IC - Interior Communicationman VE+AR+MK+MC=209
IS - Intelligence Specialist VE+AR=107
IT - Information System Technician AR+2MK+GS=222 or AR+MK+EI+GS=222
JO - Journalist VE+AR=109
LI - Lithographer VE+AR=102
LN - Legalman VE+MK=102
MA - Master at Arms AR+WK=98 and WK=43
MM - Machinist Mate VE+AR+MK+AS=195 or VE+AR+MK+AO=200
MM - Machinist Mate (Submarine) VE+AR+MK+MC=210
MN - Mineman VE+MC+AS=161
MR - Machinary Repairman VE+AR+MK+AS=200 or MK+AS+AO=150
MT - Missile Technician AR+MK+EI+GS=222 or VE+AR+MK+MC=222
MU - Musician None established
NF - Nuclear Field VE+AR+MK+NAPT = 290 (with minimum 50 NAPT score) or AR+MK+EI+GS+NAPT = 290 (with minimum 50 NAPT score) or VE+AR+MK+MC = 252 (No NAPT required) or AR+MK+EI+GS = 252 (No NAPT required).
OS - Operations Specialist VE+MK+CS=157 or AR+2MK+GS=210
PC - Postal Clerk VE+AR=107
PH - Photographer's Mate VE+AR=102
PN - Personnelman VE+MK=105 or VE+MK+CS=157
PR - Aircrew Survival Equpmentman VE+AR+MK+AS=185 or MK+AS+AO=140
QM - Quartermaster VE+AR=96
RP - Religious Program Specialist VE+MK=105 or VE+MK+CS=157
SECF - Submarine Electronics AR+MK+EI+GS=222 or VE+AR+MK+MC=222
SH - Ship's Serviceman VE+AR=95
SK - Storekeeper (Submarines) AR+MK+EI+GS=200 or VE+AR+MK+MC=200
STG - Sonar Technician - Surface AR+MK+EI+GS=223
STS - Sonar Technician (Submarine) AR+MK+EI+GS=222 or VE+AR+MK+MC=222
SW - Steelworker AR+MC+AS=145
UT - Utilitiesman AR+MK+EI+GS=201
YN - Yeoman VE+MK=105 or VE+MK+CS=157
YN - Yeoman (Submarine) AR+MK+EI+GS=200 or VE+AR+MK+MC=200

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I wonder why Tyler went into SECF when he scored a 290 on this.....sometimes I wish I could get into his brain......(well, maybe not)
Hey April, I think it more than just the score, they have to hit these numbers to qualify for the rating and they also interview them to see what their interests and goals are. Sub Electronics is a pretty heavy duty field. He will get all the electronics training but will be putting them to use on a sub. It's not a light weight job that's for sure!

I did post some faqs on submarine life in the education forum that you might find interesting - I learned alot! How's school going for Tyler?
School is going pretty good. He has made so many lifelong friends. He is very homesick though. He may not get to come home after graduation June 20th , they told him it might be Christmas before he gets to come home. I will take him whenever he comes home....
So April dear, have you mapquested how long of a drive it is there? Our son called last night and he said that he might be coming home for Christmas as well. I would love that but not getting my hopes up. He is due to finish his first school, mid November so I think it will depend on when and where his other school maybe before we can make any plans. But like you - I'll be happy to see him whenever we can.
I was wondering about that - do they get leave - just not enough to go home? I am always willing to travel to my son if he has time and wants me to.
They earn 30 days leave a year - it's just of matter of when they can take it. Some of the schools are not in session during the holiday week so often they will come home. They do pay for their own flights for leaves.
Part II - What the scores are taken from...
The minimum score of 35 is in reference to the Armed Forces Qualification Test, (AFQT).

The ASVAB Sub-Test Composites Used by the Navy are:

* General Science (GS)
* Arithmetic Reasoning (AR)
* Word Knowledge (WK)
* Paragraph Comprehension (PC)
* Numerical Operations (NO)
* Coding Speed (CS)
* Auto and Shop Information (AS)
* Mathematics Knowledge (MK)
* Mechanical Comprehension (MC)
* Electronics Information (EI)
* Sum of Word Knowledge and Paragraph Comprehension (VE)
* Assembly of Objects (AO)

To qualify for Corpsman, (HM) you must receive a composite score of 146 from the above three categories: VE+MK+GS=146

The 146 may have been raised or lowered for Corpsman, and may be different for various Navy jobs. This is only for illustration purposes to better understand the difference between the Armed Forces Qualification Test, (AFQT) and the sub-test composite scores.



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