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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

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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.


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I don't understand why the Navy won't let you move when you rate for a job that you qualify for. It seem like they hold you back from progress and learning. It doesn't help the sailors who would want to make a career In the Navy to reenlist.

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Anyone know how this sailor is doing? It is an old post. Is the sailor still in the Navy? Is this a mom with an unanswered question?

Yes I Am A Navy Mother With A lot Of Unanswered Questions. Yes The Sailor Is Still In The Navy And Doing Okay. He is Still Trying To Become A E-4 And He Is Still Trying To Change Jobs Even The Job He Has Now Is Over manned And The Job He Trying To Change To Is Under manned. I Don't Understand The Logic If Someone Is Trying To Move Up in Rank And Better Themselves Why Do The Navy Make It So Hard To Do So Instead Of Helping The Airman. Also I would Like To Know Why Is It So Hard For Someone To Re-Enlist If They Want To,They Deserve That Much If They Have Been In There For Four Years He Is Feeling Very Discourage Right Now Because Of The Reason I Have Stated, He Want To Better Himself And He Is Trying Very Hard. He Went To School For Two Years Studied IT In hope Of When Joined The Military He Would Have A Skill To Help Him In That Field, And Also Learn Other Jobs As Well. He Is Really Giving It His All And I Really Want Someone To Give Him A Chance That He So Richly Deserve To Make A Career Out Being A Sailor. Is There Anything He Can Do Different To Move Up In Rank, To Change Jobs To Help Better Himself?

He can move up in rank by performing better that his peers. Navy advancement to E-4 and beyond is a very competitive process. Everyone has a equal chance to advance twice a year, providing they have served the obligatory time in rate. Unfortunately, not everyone can make the cut for the limited number of open positions. Its survival of the fittest. Doing his best is not good enough. He has to do better than the other guys.

Curious - What is your son's current job (rating)?

Ideally, every sailor, male and female, would be required to learn Basic Electricity and Electronics, IT skills, electrician skills, machine shop skill, mechanics skills, pipe fitting and plumbing skills, hull mechanic skills, etc.

Multiple ratings for every sailor should be the goal.

The right person doesn't always get the promotion. Evaluations are part of the overall score a sailor receives, but evaluations may be shop specific, division specific, department specific, religious affiliation specific, sex specific, race specific, etc. By making evaluations part of the score, the score is subjective to the prejudices, interests, attitude, and jealousies of the person writing the evaluations.

   I apologize for not responding  sooner. As a civilian, I am in front of a computer writing code 9 to 12 hours a day, so the last thing I want to look at when I get home from work, is a computer.

   Transferring to an undermanned rating is fairly easy if the rating is not one of the ratings the Navy has placed restrictions on. IT is one of the ratings the Navy places restrictions on, but a BA or BS degree in the field will trump the "A" school requirement. In fact, most of the Officers in the field won't have more than a BA or BS in the field themselves.

   In the civilian world, Bill Gates is a college dropout, and many have entered the field without graduating college. The field even has high school dropouts currently working in the field. Likewise, even among the IT personnel with college degrees, there are those who didn't major in computer science writing software.

   Each company sets its own standards for how many years of experience may substitute for a college degree in the field. Most will regard an AA or AS in the field and 4-5 years of experience as equivalent to a BA or BS, but in this economy, many companies won't even consider hiring a person without a BA or BS degree.

   The Navy sets its own standards but you would think they would at least pay attention to current civilian standards in the field.

Why does the Navy have to "at least pay attention to the current civilian standards in the field" since the Navy is military and civilian is civilian?


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