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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.

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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. 

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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."

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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 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).  

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

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**UPDATE 6/23/2022 - MASK MANDATE IS LIFTED -  Vaccinations still required


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i only have 2 more weeks until i leave for bootcamp!!! i am super excited, the only thing im nervous about is ill be away from family and friends, but im ready for boot to be here already so i can get that done and over with, i know i can do it! im really excited to start my new life as a sailor, and want to thank everyone of you that have given me support when i didnt have it! you all have been very helpful, and even when you didnt know you gave me a link or somthing that would help me find my answers! so thank you, you will never realy know what you all mean to me, im glad i selected this site for help! i will be on after boot and throuhout my life as a sailor, and ill be on from time to time till i leave as well!!!

thank you for your support,

Future sailor 2013

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Thank you fo your willingness to serve and best wishes to you.

Be sure to check out the discussion, Things to Do in the Last Month Before Your Future Sailor Leaves for the RTC

thank you! i will check out the link above right now ;)

You are very welcome.

You will be with other recruits who are also away from friends and family.  They will become your new Navy family over those eight weeks.  Of course, this doesn't replace your own loved ones, but you will lean on your new shipmates for support, just as they will lean on you.

have your family let you leave voicemails for them on their phones, so they can pull up your message when they are missing you.

Are you going to get your hair cut before you leave?  I did, and it was a terrific decision.

i got it cut sucked cause i prefer long hair, but i will have to accommodate a lot of things for the Navy, but i know in the end it will be well worth it :)

it has already got my parents to start to support me, although they dislike my decision to join the military, atleast i have their support anyway.

Support is good, they'll be better when you start to succeed.  I didn't tell my parents I was joining until I was there.  They were working overseas, dad had been a MasterChief.  I knew they thought I was flighty (I was) and that I'd never make it.  Dad was darn proud when I made E-6 in six years, but he'd never say so.  Stubborn, like me, hehe.

Be prepared to HATE boot camp initially, and then go through a down phase when you're missing home/friends/civilian life.  A week or two.  Once your division begins to work together, your mood will improve.  And get as much sleep as you can the night before you fly out, if you can.  Try to sleep on the plane, carry a granola bar or two in your pocket.  Have a little cash to eat at the airport.  You'll be up roughly 48 hours when you hit Great Lakes, it gets pretty chaotic.  


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