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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 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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I was so excited about my youngest son for him when told me he wanted to go to the Navy after high school but then I was diagnosed with Breast Cancer and his senior year in April right before graduation so he decided to wait. I became one survivor last year he changed his mind and didn't want to go I was crushed. So he changed his mind and he was going again so here we are and there he goes to Great Lakes today. I'm so emotional and proud. I just want to stop crying right now. Because I'm not sad that he enlisted I'm proud

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Bless your heart! You are very strong. And this will make you even stronger! I didn't know how strong I was until my boyfriend left for bootcamp, then to cali, the Hawaii. Now deployment. Hes been in almost two years now. Just tell your son to try super hard and to not give up!:) you both will make it together. Its not easy but the reward of seeing him is worth it
Thank you so much.

Good Morning, @Jay Purple. Lets start by saying congratulations on being a survivor, keep strong!!  Today is day four for us and we can make it! This house is so different with out him hustling around over the weekend, in and out making all sort of plans. I have started writing letters to him on Wednesday at first it was hard, but as I was writing about the mundane daily events it flowed easy. I was thinking wow I am boring and thinking about all the new exciting things he will be learning, and things he has wanted to learn. We will get through this and soon we will get the regular phone call and texts telling us all about here exciting adventures.

One of my sons recruiters said its rough at first and it goes hour by hour then day by day, and so on, then soon PIR will come.


@ Michelle I also started writing on Wednesday. It is getting easier. I know people around me are not really understanding but it OK. I learned with Breast Cancer find a support group and that's why I'm hear because there's someone out there that knows exactly what I'm going through. Thanks for the support

Jay purple, you are giving your son a wonderful gift - the encouragement and support to spread his wings. There are many cancer survivor groups. Many of us have friends and family members who have gone thru what you are going thru. I am sure your son will do great. In no time, you'll be arranging to see him at PIR - you'll will be so proud and amazed at the transformation. Hang in there.

wow a survivor! My son left on the first too.  Letting go of him was one of the hardest things I have ever done.  I have my moments too, maybe you could find some other parent(s) who's  children have left for boot camp in your area and talk. There are nine of us Navy, Airforce, Marine we are getting together this week. Easter was hard not having our kids around. I know they said they would call again in three weeks but, I was hoping we hear from them sooner.

Good luck

Both you and your son are so very brave! Peace and Love from my family to yours.

Hi Jaypurple! You are an amazing woman and mom! Congrats on being a survivor!! It's OK to be emotional and proud, that's what we women do best. My son left two days before your son and I'm longing for a call, letter, etc. I have written 3 letters and writing seems to help.

Countdown to PIR!! :-)

Congratulations on being a survivor!  Your son will be too!  My son left on March 19 and I crumbled.  Got our box....that our form letter....that helped......but when the phone call came this weekend I crumbled again.  We will all survive it is just transition is so difficult for most people.  My mother always said, "there is nothing in life constant except for change".  So true. 


Everything our sons are doing is for the good. Our sons need to grow into interesting and responsible men. I cried tears of joy the day my son left. I see nothing but positive moments by joining the Navy. Remember, none of us wants our sons or daughters living in the basement at age 47, unmarried, and with no adventures to his/her name.'re absolutely correct and I agreed with you...I was tears out like crazy when I had to drop him off at the MEPS back in February...and now I am so looking forward for his PIR graduation day this month coming...I am glad that my son finally made this decision to join the Navy...He was a gamer when he was back home so now he's in the Navy, I am so glad...and I am looking forward to have my recruit get physical trained and be strong  to serve our country, and also to have a better bright future in front of him as well...

Hoorah to all of our sons/daughters:) :)

First of all...Congratulations of being a cancer survivor!  You aren't alone in this by any means!  Hang in there!!!!


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