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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."

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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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Hi fellow families. How long will it take for me to get my daughters address once she is settled ? She arrived at GL on 8/24/22. Thank you !

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Good Evening Liz - First of all welcome to the N4M website. We have a lot of groups on this site, and you are more likely to get replies to your questions if you post in our Boot Camp Moms (and loved ones) - Navy For Moms ( BC Moms and Loved Ones group. I encourage you to join the group. When you do, scroll down past all of the information (go back and read it, a little bit at a time, including the pages in the right side of the group page.)  Then scroll down past the discussions posted there and post your questions in the Comment Wall on that group page. This is where we carry on our daily chatter, post questions, answer them, and where our members share how they are doing with the emotional roller coaster ride of BC. 

To actually answer your question. It is likely that your form letter (just a typed information letter where the only thing your SR (seaman recruit) is to fill out is their address, no other notes) will arrive in about 3 weeks or so. It should also have a security access form. This is when you will receive your address. In the unlikely case that your daughter should call you before then, ask her for her Ship # / (or name) &  Division #. With that information, then we can locate her address for you, or check out this information, which is one of the pages posted on the BC Mom group page. Letter Writing & Fun Stuff/Questionnaires to send to your Recru...

If you follow the other links posted in that information, it will take you to some RTC website pages as well with information. 

I hope this helps. Go ahead and start writing letters now and then when you get her address you may mail them off. 

Check out the US Postal Service - Informed Delivery - USPS

Also, if you have a daughter - Moms of Daughters 2 - Navy For Moms ( This group is not as responsive as the BC Mom group, so I would ask current questions in the the BC Mom group and then other general questions in the Mom of Daughters 2 group, or the one that I shared with you. 

Hi Liz.  Welcome!!  I like that your sailor can time travel! (Kidding)  But Going off what you wrote here is the time line you are looking at.  It's also in the information I left for you on your page.

Day 0 (Wed Aug 24) -- Travel, Arrival and "I'm Here" scripted phone call

Week 1 Day 1-7 (Aug 25-31) -- Arrive Onboard RTC and begin P-days (P-days- Initial Processing Days) including 2 days of P-hold (Weekend)

Day 8 (Sept 1) -- Begin training and mail form letter out. Look for it to arrive around 1-2 weeks later.(Remember you have a Holiday in there too!! The 6th will be a P-hold day as well which will shift the "Start" of the week by 1 day)  This will be Training Week 1 Day 1 (T1D1)
Week 2 -- First week of Training including PT and Swim Qualifications
Week 3 -- Marlin Spike - (Line handling- How to tie up a Ship to the Pier) , First inspections and tests (Dental May be this week or next... Not Confirmed)(Form letter/ Personal letters usually arrive this week)

Week 4 -- Confidence Chamber & Fire Fighting training
Week 5 -- Fire Arms Training    

Week 6 -7 -- More training, Drilling (Flags and Marching).

Week 8 – Battle Stations (done prior to final PFA). Your SR will call home to say they are a Sailor (They do not always call to say they are a Sailor but that's our name for that phone call.  They have Officially completed Basic Training but they still have to pass final PFA in order to graduate.)

Week 9 & 10– Warrior Training (Life skills) and Final PFA


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