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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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Hi all. My son left on aug 30. I miss him so much already!!

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Awww....I know! I think as soon as we hear their voice and get down there to see them at PIR we will feel more excitement and joy and be so proud of them!! I emailed the RTC...they just sent me a response letting me know that the first week they send home a form letter with the address and graduation date. begins week three and I've only received the box. No letter or phone call yet....praying that I get the letter today!! otherwise if nothing this week I'll call his recruiter.
I just called to Great Lakes IL to "something affair office" and some niece guy was answering all my concerns and questions, I believe the concern is more in our minds and hearts than what is going on in b.c.
We have to "Let Go"!!!:)
I am in the exact situation, my son is going to be gonne only God knows for how long and my daughter will be across the world to college and I am already sad, misserable and feeling like somebody took a big chunk out of my body. I bet we will be perfecetly all right with the time. (I hope so)
Hi All, my son graduated BC May 09, I miss him today as much as I did the day he left.......... he since has finished A-School, and is now stationed in Hawaii, tht is about 4,000 miles away....though he has been home a few times since then and I have visited him in HI, it is still very hard to be so far away, but it will get easier once they get out of BC. We talk if not every day atleast every other day if long enough to say hi and make sure each other are doing ok. He is my only child and I am divorced, needless to say I still miss him very much, but when I start gettting to sad I just think all the possitive things about his decision to join the Navy, and the good thing is.......I get to visit him in HI. I plan on going again early Spring if all goes well since he probably wont make it home for the Holidays.
Good Luck to you will be fine and just remember in the Navy, "No News is Good News" and DO plan on going to PIR, it is something you should not miss, you will have so much fun that weekend.
Thanks for the encouragement! Do you know how much time my son will have to spend out to sea? He is going to be ET


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