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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

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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. 

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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.

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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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My youngest son left April 2nd too. But the difference this time is that its my second time around. His older brother went in sept of 2009. I was absolutely destroyed that day. Lol I cried and cried for several days. But 8 weeks later I couldn't have been more proud! He is a Seabee and is now a recruiter ! Which now tells you he recruited his younger brother! Don't get me wrong I have cried but I know how my older son has changed into such a strong and confident man. I can't wait to see the same changes in my youngest. Stay strong and be assured this will change your sons life in so many positive ways! God Bless you and your son!
Thank you guys so much for all the encouragement, it means so much to me.God bless you and your son I'm glad to hear that your son is doing well

Congratulations for your son to make a great decision and to you also on being a survivor, keep strong!! I am a huge supporter fundraising for the cure. I wish the best to you. I like to share with you a little of what we went thru. Our son just graduated last Friday, April 3, 2015. And I must say,  it is the best feeling ever seeing him there with his uniform all standing tall. I am so proud of him. During boot camp, it was not easy at all. It was the longest 9 weeks ever. It’s a transition in progress and I am still trying to deal with it day by day. It was tough saying goodbye all over again on Saturday when he left for A school.  But I must tell you that you, you have to stay strong for you and for him. I wrote letters to him every day and every day he got a letter from me. When he finally was able to call me, he told me that my letters was the only thing keeping him going. He might hate it at the beginning, and he might be “Home Sick” for at least the first 5 weeks. But you have to support him every time he calls be strong listen to him encourage him to be strong and don’t let no one get to him. They will be intimidated people but its all scare tactics. We told our son any time he felt like he could not take it anymore to go see the Chaplin and seek advise. I told him to pray a lot and ask God for a lot of strength. He had a hard time passing the first RUN test but I did a lot of research and send him articles on how to stay strong and it worked. He was so thankful and proud of what he accomplished and Now all I can say is that  Our home feels empty without him. We just got home from Great Lakes on Sunday and it hit me, first Easter without our son at home, I’ve cried and cried, but we text and he called last night and was telling me he is happy where he is now, he has a room mate  a nicer bed and more privacy. He has his cell so that he can text and call home and also a laptop so we can skype. Like I said it’s a transition and a day to day process  but in the end,  I am very, very proud of him. Hope this helps and Good Luck to you!

Thank you so much each day it's getting better just about thirty minutes ago I missed he's first call. Now I think I'm sick all over again in worries. God bless you and your son thanks so much for the encouragement.
I am so sorry! That really stinks, stay strong he will call back. Thoughts and prayers are with you.
Good news called his recruiter and he's got an address so I wrote a quick letter to encourage him and put the first letter that I wrote to him in the same envelope,so that he knows I know that he called and I'm thinking of him and praying for him. Feeling happy as I run to post day mail lol, not really. Feeling a lot better.

That is great at least you heard his voice on the machine, I hope, you will get another call soon and you can write to him, awesome

Don't send any more letters until you get The Form Letter. Ten days after arrival is still the average time to receive The Form Letter. Some with recruits who arrived on 30 March received their form letter today. Yours will be coming soon. Why wait to send more letters??

1. The PAO at the RTC asks that loved ones wait on the form letter before mailing letters. See

2. The recruiter does not always give the right address and letters that do not have the correct address may be returned or may be delayed several weeks in getting to your recruit since it will not be a high priority for those in the mail room to look up the correct information.

3. Even if you do have the correct information, your recruit will not receive letters that are mailed before receiving the form letter much quicker, if at all, than letters mailed after receiving the form letter because recruits do not receive mail until they are in their permanent ship and a Recruit Mail Petty Officer is trained. The first Mail Call is on day 1-3 or 1-4 DOT.


Note: If it has been at least 2 calendar weeks since your recruit arrived at the RTC and you do not have a form letter, then you can call the recruiter and get the address and mail letters to your recruit, but be sure to double-check the address against those at or Ship/Division--How it Works.

crying here  with you my daughter arrived in boot camp last night. we should be proud of them. lets try and stay strong 


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