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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. 

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 is shipping out in two weeks and I have recently heard he needs his medical records. This isn't listed on the super helpful, but possibly outdated, list of "Things To Do To Get Ready".  Can anyone tell me a current list of things to do to get ready? I sure wouldn't want him delayed for any reason.  Thanks!!

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I believe by the time he is shipping out they should have all of his medical records. I would think the only time you need something like that may be if he has any waivers and you want to make sure they have everything. My son had a waiver for an old surgery but his recruiter made sure everything was in order. The most important things to have before he leaves are things like a phone card (I got him one that could automatically refill so he was never without minutes. You don't know how often or for how long they will get to call.) Also a list of names and addresses for people he might want to write to, a small bible if that is important to him. We set up his banking with Navy Federal so he brought the automatic deposit slip with him but they can also do it while in GL.

The recruiter prepared everything for my son before leaving to BC.  My son had history with broken bones, and a knee surgery from a track&field accident, but the doctor he saw when he took his physical at MEPS reviewed my son's records, looked over the x-ray from the knee surgery, and cleared my son. I think, for a moment, they do have their entire medical records with them, but they turn those right over to recruiter (if I'm remembering correctly). It's been awhile, but that's how I remember it.  You may want to verify with the recruiter who's helping your son.

They will be able to buy phone cards there on base at the NEX store.  They'll also have access to ATM machine, if needed. My son left without taking a phone card either, but after getting the card, he was able to call when he could.


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