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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 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.

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Hi, y'all! I'm new here, up early to get ready to take our son back to his college town where he signed up for Navy. He's got three years of college under his belt, but decided he wants to get out and actually work in the "real world" and make some $$ to pay off his loans, then finish a degree with Uncle Sam's help!  So, here we go.  It's a long way from our Southern home to Great Lakes, MI, but I am excited he is taking this step, while a little concerned that he will be able to be all"SIR, YES SIR!" since he loves to argue and debate :). Looking forward to meeting other moms!

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Thanks for the great advice and links!
Thanks for the encouragement re: the arguing and debating! I guess I have been concerned that he would have trouble with obeying commands, but he assures me he thought it all through! Glad to know your son did great in boot camp. The videos I've been watching all evening look fun, actually! He did go to a military h.s. so he is somewhat familiar with the kind of training they get.
Hey there. My son left today TOO! I am a mess however..he just texted me that he landed safe..was heading into the USO to eat..and now I think the phone is OFF. I miss him so much already! Did yours leave today too? What is he going into to? Have you heard from him YET?
Sounds just like our boy! He called when the plane landed in Chicago and said he would be going to the USO too, and that was the last we heard. He is going to be a Nuke. Can't wait to get that address so we can write!
My son is on the plane now with 21 other Seamen Recruits from Jacksonville Fl. He called on the way to the airport and was very upbeat. They were told many of them will be in the same division, & they were getting to know each other so he was less nervous than he's been for days. He had to loose some weight so that was hanging over his head until they passed through MEPS.Well let's all hang on for this roller coaster ride.
Heather, we were actually walking through the mall where he was to meet his recruiter, who would drive him to the airport, and my son mentioned he was afraid he had gained weight from us taking him out to dinner, having a barbecue, and other stuff. I was so nervous until we found one of those scales that give your weight and your fortune in the mall----fortunately, he was below the weight limit (thank You, Lord!) so we could relax and even go eat lunch w/o worrying!
hey our boys are together we are from clermont i got his box yesterday
just sent out our first letters and a calling card
how have u been since he left? im ok been working alot. i never thought i would miss hearing my boys fight and argue but i do its toooo quiet in this house my youngest has no one to pick on any more lol
email me taint18@yahoo
ship 11 div 369
here is the link to your PIR group
My son left yesterday for Great Lakes! I got my one phone call at 10 pm! Now the waiting starts. I know he is happy & he needed this change in his life. He will turn 21 when he gets out of boot camp! He will be a man!
Where are you from? I got my call at 10 as well, they probably got there together. It has helped me knowing all of these other families are going though the same thing at the same time & our kids are together becoming independent adults.
Well, my screen name IS savannahgal! But our son signed up in Athens, GA, so had to go up there and the recruiter drove him to Atlanta to get on the plane. Hope these kids get to meet up!


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