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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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Well, here are some handy links I though that many of our new moms would
like to have. I found this one to help us find out what things like SIQ and TAD stand for. It's a general one but they do indicate if the acronym is military or not.

This will help with military terms.
Soldiers and Sailors Relief Act Simplified
(legal protection when you are deployed)
Casualty Assistance Phone #'s provided by the MFO_In_Action at yahoo
(Marine Families Online In Action)
Commanding General
Attn: MCCS Director
Marine Corps Air Station
Box 99100, Bldg 980
Yuma, AZ 85369-9100

Commanding General
Attn: MCCS Director
Marine Corps Logistic Base
Command HQTRS, Box 110100 Barstow, CA 92311-5001
(760) 577-6542

Commanding General
Attn: MCCS Director
Marine Corps Base, Box 555010
Camp Pendleton, CA 92055-5020
(760) 725-5012

Commanding General
Attn: MCCS Director
Marine Corps Recruit Depot/WRR
Bldg 10
San Diego, CA 92140-5196
(619) 296-5729

Commanding General
Attn: MCCS Director,
MCAS, Miramar
Post Office Box 452009
Santa Ana, CA 92145-2000
(619) 577-4831

Commanding General
Attn: MCCS Director (Manpower)
Box 7888102, MCAGCC
Twentynine Palms, CA 92278-8100
(760) 830-7020

Commanding General
Attn: MCCS Director
Marine Corps Air Station
PSC Box 8009
Cherry Point, NC 28533-8009
(252) 466-2847

Commanding General
Attn: MCCS Director
Marine Corps Air Station
Post Office Box 55001
Beaufort, SC 29904-5001
(843) 522-7032

Commanding General
Attn: MCCS Director
Marine Corps Recruit Depot/ERR
Bldg 202, Box 5001
Parris Island, SC 29905-5003
(843) 525-2535

Commanding General
Attn: MCCS Director
HqBn, HQMC, Henderson Hall
1555 S. Southgate Road
Arlington, VA 22214-5003
(703) 746-7625

Commanding General
Attn: MCCS Director
Marine Corps Logistics Base
814 Radford Blvd
Albany, GA 31704-1128
(912) 439-5202

Commanding General
Attn: MCCS Director
Marine Corps Base Hawaii
Box 63002
Kaneohe Bay, HI 96863-3002
(808) 257-2378

Attn: MCCS Director
Marine Corps Force Reserve
4400 Dauphine Street
New Orleans, LA 70146-5400
(504) 678-0380

Commanding General
Attn: MCCS Director
Marine Corps Base
PSC Box 20004
Camp Lejeune, NC 28542-0004
(910) 451-5088

Commanding General
Attn: MCCS Director, MCAS, New River, PCS, Box 21001
Jacksonville, NC 28545-1001
(910) 450-6307

Commanding General
Attn: MCCS Director
3250 Catlin Avenue
Quantico, VA 22134
(703) 784-5901

Commanding General
Attn: MCCS Director
Marine Corps Base
Camp S.D. Butler
FPO AP 93673-5001
DSN 645-7274
Coml 01-81-611745-7810

Commanding General
Attn: MCCS Director
MCAS, Iwakuni
PSC 561, BOX 1867
FPO AP 96310-0029
DSN 253-3070
Coml 01-81-0827-21-

Casualty Assistance Frequently Called Numbers

1st Marine Corps District
Comm: (516) 228-5666/7/8

Garden City, NY DSN: (None)
Duty: 228-5666
Fax: 228-5645

4th Marine Corps District
Comm: (717) 770-4700/1

New Cumberland, PA DSN: 977-4700
Duty: (717) 770-4524/5/6
Fax: (717) 770-4533/4641/4648

6th Marine Corps District
Comm: (803) 525-2766

Parris Island, SC DSN: 832-2766
Duty: (803) 525-2770
Duty Pager: (888) 619-2858
Fax: (803) 525-3034

8th Marine Corps District
Comm (504) 678-2361/2/3

New Orleans, LA DSN: 678-2361
Duty: 678-2361/2/3
Fax: 678-2734

9th Marine Corps District
Comm: (816)843-3887/4

Kansas City, MO DSN: 894-3887
Duty: (843) 395-3884
Fax: 843-3964

12th Marine Corps District
Comm: (619) 542-5559

San Diego, CA DSN: 524-5559
Duty: 542-5572 Ext. 5585
Fax: 542-5552

Casualty Branch Quantico, VA
Comm: (703) 784-9512
DSN: 278-9512
Fax: (703) 784-9823

Marine Corps Command Center Arlington, VA
Comm: (703) 695-7366/7/8/9

DSN: 225-7366

Defense Finance and Accounting Service-Cleveland
(800) 321-1080

Defense Finance and Accounting
Pay: (816) 926-5241

Service-Kansas City Claims: (816) 926-7147

Separations: (816) 926-7426

Defense Finance and Accounting Service-Denver
(800) 435-3396

Department of Veterans Affairs NationWide
(800) 321-1080

Military Medical Support Office, Great Lakes, IL
(888) 647-6676, Select Option 7, Extensions 6629/6644/6645

Office of Servicemembers' Group Life Insurance, Newark, NJ
(800) 419-1473

TRICARE Medical Family Plan
(303) 676-3526
Just got some new info from groups I am in.
I haven't shared this for awhile. You might want to
keep it in a file. Hugs, Carla

Subject: [MFO_In_Action] Cell Phones for Soldiers

Hi ~ My nephew just told me about a group called Cell Phones for Soldiers. They take old cell phones and turn them into 100 minute calling cards for our military! Check them out at



----- Original Message -----
From: Carla Street
To: Eagle Wings
Sent: Sunday, September 11, 2005 9:18 AM
Subject: Phone card info compiled

New 9/05
My daughter received this email last month. She made the call and is now receiving a 23% discount on her monthly cell phone bill. This is legit, not a come on. Have your kids make the call and start getting a discount on their bills.

Proud Military Mom of SrA Jennifer (just promoted TODAY. HOORAY!!)

Military Cell Phone Discounts
Federal Telecommunications Act 1996 Discount to Federal Employees Past
and Present

This Act offers a 15-20% discount on your cell phone and this Federal Act applies to all cellular phone carriers, including Sprint PCS, Cingular, Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile and more. Sprint Business line direct number is 1-888-788-4727. Sprint's discount is 15%. Cingular offers a 19% discount from this point forward. It was simple, just call 1-800-319-6393. T-Mobile customer service number is ( 866-646-4688). You may have to send an email requesting the migration form to T-Mobile discount is 22%. Nextel offers an 18% discount on your Cell-phone bill. The direct number for them is 1-800-639-6111. Verizon customer service number is (800-865-1825) and the USAF discount is 23%. If you are with any sister service the discount is 17%. You may need to provide proof of Federal employment - such as your supervisor's name, phone number and your unit's address. The salesperson may try to make you sign on for additional contract years - But, you are NOT required to do so to receive these military discounts

From Spapkie/Sharon, re free phone cards from the VFW.
Click here: VFW Foundation :: Operation Uplink :: Request a Phone Card

(This was from a gal named Kat on my Smiles group)

HI gang, I found this interesting information last week when I was searching and thought it was worth passing on. I don't know if anyone else has found this site/information, but I know any stateside family would be interested to get this!!! I found this on Any Soldier Inc, "what to send". Hope it will help some of you that have family deployed.

Phone Cards. AT&T has a special deal for service members and their families. Also, The Defense Department has authorized the Armed Services Exchanges to sell prepaid calling cards to any individual or organization that wishes to purchase cards for troops who are deployed. More on that here.
NOTE on AT&T Cards: "If a soldier wants to get minute for minute on his card he need only call the customer service number on his card, hit "0" and it may ask for his pin number (or they'll need it handy). He tells the Customer service Rep that he is calling from Iraq/Afghanistan on a military camp or base and they will make the call for him at a one to one ratio. If he/she doesn't choose to do that and they call the regular 800 number on the back of the card in the instructions they will be paying an 18 to 1 ratio. That means, instead of it costing 3.9c a minute it will cost 70+c a minute."

And some info from Dora Groll sent 4/24/04.

Subject: Military Phone Card Donation Program Goes Public

NEWS RELEASE from the United States Department of Defense

No. 363-04
Apr 23, 2004
Media Contact: (703)697-5131
Public/Industry Contact: (703)428-0711

Military Phone Card Donation Program Goes Public

The Department of Defense announced today that any American can now help troops in contingency operations call home._ _ The Defense Department has authorized the
Armed Services Exchanges to sell prepaid calling cards to any individual or organization that wishes to purchase cards for troops who are deployed. The "Help Our Troops Call Home" program is designed to help service members call home from Operations Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom.

For those wishing to donate a prepaid calling card to a military member may log on to any of the three Armed Services Exchange web sites: the Army and Air Force Exchange Service, the Navy Exchange Service Command, and the Marine Corps Exchange

Click the "Help Our Troops Call Home" link. From there, a prepaid calling card may be purchased for an individual at his or her deployed address or to "any service member" deployed or hospitalized. The Armed Services Exchanges will distribute cards donated to "any service member" through the American Red Cross, Air Force Aid Society and the Fisher House Foundation.

The Armed Services Exchanges operate telephone call centers in Iraq, Kuwait, Afghanistan, and other countries and aboard ships -- anywhere service members are deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. All of these locations stay busy around the clock to keep up communication between deployed troops and their loved ones. The cards available through the "Help Our Troops Call Home" program offer the best value for calls made from the call centers, never expire, and there are no added charges or connection fees.

Individuals and organizations also can show their support to deployed troops and their families with gift certificates. The "Gift of Groceries" program allows anyone to purchase commissary gift certificates at or by calling toll free 1 (877) 770-GIFT.
The Armed Services Exchanges offer the "Gift From the Home Front" gift certificate for merchandise at these exchange web sites: and or by calling toll free 1 (877) 770-GIFT. Gift certificates may be purchased to be mailed to service members and family members or will be distributed to "any servicemember." Only authorized commissary and exchange patrons may redeem the gift certificates at military commissaries and exchanges, including those stores supporting deployed personnel around the globe.

From Donna Duffey:
A note to the other moms -- I had my sailors email me their card numbers (the 800# and Pin#) and I did 50$ refills regularly early in their deployments. They also just carried the numbers on a slip of paper ith their ID holder thing instead of carrying the card so any moment they had a chance they could call, AND so it dod not look like a credit card.



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