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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. 

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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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If anyone has a kid who has joined up or tried to join up with a DUI or other criminal history, would you please share your experience. 


My kid is a senior in high school and wants to join the Air Force or Navy but messed up and got a DUI.  His probation ends in May around graduation time and we can't speak with a recruiter while he is on probation and maybe even for a few months after, so we don't know what his chances are.  If there is little chance of him being accepted, then we'll just accept it and send him off to college.  Thanks.

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He will also receive college credits if he is accepted into the Navy and there are opportunities available to him if he wants to pursue a degree.

Underage drinking in the Navy is zero tolerance. He should not drink one drop of alcohol if he is  underage because he WILL get caught and can lose his “A” School and be sent to the fleet "Undesignated" or he can be discharged from the Navy. He needs to get it in his head now that drinking is out until he is of the legal age to do so and then to drink responsibly if he chooses to do so.

Most of his Navy training can be converted into college credits using DANTES.  The Air Force College is essentially the same thing, don't be fooled.  The Navy even brings college professors aboard during some deployments in some situations.

Underage drinking is not tolerated, just knowing about underage drinkers and not reporting them can get a sailor discharged.  Drugs are completely out of the question.  Even "legal" drugs such as spice are a no go.  

It doesn't sound like he is ready for Air Force or Navy. Just send him to some college - let him have his fun. He is only 18 once and only one opportunity to be an 18 year old freshmen once. Give the guy a break. He can go join the Air Firce in a couple of year to make you happy. The Navy has enough applicants - don't need anyone who doesn't appreciate the opportunity offered. 


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