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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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My SR wrote and is asking me to do on-line research on 2 different banks to help him pick one best for his needs a float or other wise.  

Asking for any info on what vets have learned along the way and which bank they are using. and why!

please private message me!  -thank you!

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We've used Navy Federal since hubby opened his account in the 70s when he was in boot camp.  They have branches/ATMs near every Navy base.  Really good rates on loans and our credit card is amazing.  Very secure customer service.  Once he joins, family members can also open accounts.

thank you! he is at boot camp now, PIR is Mar. 30th

He has an account at USAA, but when he got to GL he had only wrote acct. info on a piece of paper. So RTC made him open another account at Navy Fed. So he is asking me to find out which one he should keep!!

we do have a Navy Fed near us, but USAA would have to be all online.

My sailor has both, USAA and Navy Fed, she actually prefers USAA. Have you checked out their online banking, its so user friendly and lots of options.I had a check at my house for my sailor and she is across the country and had no idea how to deposit it, with USAA you can just scan it in and send it to the account. Very easy to use. USAA has better car loan rates than Navy Fed and USAA is more flexible with refinancing from our experience. Her car insurance is through USAA and is automatic payments through her account, makes it all very convienent for her. I am sure many have had good experiences with Navy Fed too, if you dont live near a base not sure how easy it is with Navy Fed.

the computers dont always work when the ship is out at sea it might be easier to get a power of attorney so you can help your son with anything that comes up  and things do happen when they leave


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