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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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My daughter's recruiter came to our house tonight for his first check in since DEP.  It seems strange to hear him refer to my daughter as Seaman Recruit.  He is now her mentor.  She has to learn the Seaman's Creed by her 1st DEP meeting which is next Wednesday. The meeting is suppose to be the first of every month but with the holiday this week and along with him having an exam they bumped it to next Wednesday.  They will be playing softball.  Still feels like I need a dictionary or a decoder ring to understand what they are saying sometimes. 

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welcome!!  I understand.  my son has been in the navy for 3 years and I still don't understand some of the lingo.  good luck to your daughter!!  tell her thanks for her service.

Proud of your daughter!! Good luck to her and her journey.  Whenever u have questions this site is great....been on here almost three years...Nice people on here to help you.  Take care

Are all the recruiters supposed to come and meet the parents?  My son joined August 12th and doesn't leave for boot camp until 1/2/15.  I have never met the recruiter.  He goes to the recruiting office a couple times a month, but he  hasn't been told he has to learn anything in the START book.  He's planning on doing it since we read he can be an E2 after graduation if he completes the DEP Guide PQS, passes a multiple choice test with an 80% and passes his PT Baseline with a SAT-MED, whatever that means.  Is this true?

Yes, he can be advanced in rate to E-2 and paid at that rate from the time he passes both the test and the baseline PFA by doing those things you mentioned. See E-1, E-2, or E-3? How did that happen?.

How old is your son? If he is already 18, the recruiter may not make a home visit. Some will anyway, but they don't have to if the future Sailor is able to sign for himself.

My daughter is 17 so she required parental signature to go into the DEP program. We met with the Navy recruiter twice before she made her decision. She also talked to the other branches of military service. The recruiter promised us we will still be involved even after she turns 18 in December.

Our son just went to his first official DEP meeting this past week.  This is our one and only child and so I am in the same boat with you trying to learn the lingo, etc.  Look forward to following this journey along with you.  What month does your daughter go to boot camp?

The Page, What does ??? mean? (A Guide to Navy Abbreviations and Terminology), will help you with many of the new terms you will come across.

August 2015

ok ours is July 2015

hello all!!

when my son signed up for the dep program, he was 17 and just out of his junior year of high school.  the recruiter came to the house first then offer for my husband and I come to any  of the meetings.  I went to a couple of them and was able to ask questions.  

My son is also in the DEP program with a shipout date of 7/28/15. He is a Senior in HS and will turn 18 in April.

I have been to the recruiter's office a couple of times. He will attend his first DEP meeting this week.

He also checks in each Monday of the week with his recruiter.  I have been reading the latest edition of the Blue Jackets manual which I ordered online when I found out about. It is very interesting and easy to read. I also downloaded a copy of the training guide for recruits that is handed out at boot camp. Granted it is dated from 2009 but is full of useful information. My son is working on reading the manual and completing the training guide before he goes. 

Make sure that he is working on his DEP START Guide.


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