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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 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).  

Specific information on this policy change will be provided in the coming days and weeks.

We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience and appreciate your support.


RTC Graduation

**UPDATE 6/23/2022 - MASK MANDATE IS LIFTED -  Vaccinations still 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 son called one Sunday and said we could meet him at the gate when he flies to Nuke School in SC.  He said we could hand him suitcase of clothes, laptop, cell etc  I heard I could hand him his cell phone.  Has anyone heard if he can take a suitcase and laptop on plane as well?

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Usually the Sailors take a black backpack with those things and it is thier carry on luggage.  Some prefer to have a padded one to protect their laptop.  I see you are a member of several groups related to his rating, check on them about things that he will be allowed to have or will need to have early on.

My son graduated in early July and we were able to hand him an all black tote and backpack with his clothes, cell phone, computer, shoes, etc.  As soon as he was processed into A school, they took everything except his boxers, i-pod and cell phone away from him and locked it away until he hit Phase 2.  It only took a little over 1 week for him to pass everything and move up to Phase 2 and he's very happy to have his civvies.  It was a lot cheaper to hand him those items at the airport than it would have been to ship (and insure) the packages later.


In the New Moms Stop Here Group. we have also created a number of reference pages. They are located just underneath the member icons. Please let me know if there are others topics of interest to include. This topic is one I thought we should have a page on. If you could send me the information on this topic and expand on it, I will add it the the pages (noting "Courtesy of MidwestMom"). 

I just wanted to let you know that we have also compiled lists of groups to facilitate finding them. They can be found in the "How To Do Stuff on N4M" category under FORUM.

    GROUPS: Listed by Name of US Naval Ship

    GROUPS: Listed by PIR Date - Pass In Review (Boot Camp Graduation)

    GROUPS: Listed by Navy Job Rating

    GROUPS: Listed by Geographical Location (States, City, Country)

    GROUPS: Listed by Special Interest


Thanks for helping out.

Regards, BQB.


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