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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 8/25/2022 - 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 shipped out 9/10. It has been his goal and dream since he was 5 years old. I come from a Navy family (father&brother) and extended military family but still not handling this as well as I thought I would. He is my youngest and the one who shared most of the same interests with me. We were odd balls together. We got to say goodbye at the airport I bawled my eyes out he told me to stay weird. Our pet phrase to each other when things get tough. I am trying but so many daily things have me bawling again. I am happy and proud he is living his dream and I know he will succeed he always does when he puts his mind to it. I am sad and miserable because staying weird has become almost impossible right now.

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Tomorrow is going to be a bad day. I went to the store today and before I realized it I had picked up all of the stuff for spaghetti and movie night. (fridays) I have done this every week for almost his whole life. I had to turn around and put it all back. I just couldn't face the thought of fixing my son's favorite meal and double butter popcorn and he not be there.

Michelle. My son shipped out on 9/10 as well. He flew out of Atlanta with 10 others. I literally left MEPS with my other son, husband and his girlfriend and was dropped off at the airport immediately afterwards and caught a plane to go to New Orleans for my dads funeral. To say the least I am actually glad that I had that distraction of his funeral the first few days. It helped. We received his box of stuff EOD this past Friday. That brought tears to my eyes when we finally opened it. I have washed everything and put it up in his room. I have gone in his room and was quite surprised of how clean he left it. I guess he wanted to impress me. Seeing his car daily kills me. I am hoping we can take it to A school for him since it is only 6 hours away.  Hang in there and if you need someone to talk to message me. My heart dropped last Thursday when I received a call from Wakkegun, IL and it was him. He needed me to overnight his license to him since the original finally showed up in the mail on Monday and he knew it but there was nothing he could do since he was shipping out. What is your sons job?

Hi jcmom,
Sorry to hear about your dad. Just got the box 10 minutes ago. It has been rough but I think it will be better now. I was sure I was going to cry when I got the box but I am ok. My son is a master at Arms so his A school will be very close to where we live. Weekend visits are very possible. I had my dad keep his car at his place, more room and I'm less likely to turn into mommy fountain again. My son boxed all his stuff up before he left. He knew I would not be able to handle that at all.
Stay strong. Keep thinking about what your son wants. Stay focus on his goals. In the end, if he is happy then you are happy. Right now all your feelings are raw and they hurt but stay in the moment and practice Mindfulness. It should help. Lots of breathing and staying centered. My son left today. It’s hard but I know it’s right.
Thank you it is getting easier as long as the little habits don't sneak up on me.


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