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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 3/07/2022**

Mask Mandate has been lifted but you are still required to be vaccinated.


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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Just thought I'd share this with everyone.... My SR had his 7 day meeting at the recruiters this AM.  As he sold his car at the weekend I had to take him and go back for him.  When I got there he wasn't ready so I went into the recruiters to wait for him.  Upon entering the recruiters clapped and cheered me!  I was a little nervous at first - not sure where this was going.  Apparently they had asked my son how I was coping and if he was keeping me informed.  To which he replied "I don't need to keep her informed - she knows more than I do about BC and PIR because she's a member of".  The recruiters then quizzed me on a couple of things and I was able to answer their questions.  It was all light hearted of course but after we left the recruiters I took my SR for lunch and he told me over lunch that he was very proud of me for getting myself "in-the-know"!


Thanks to everyone for all the very valuable information. 

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awesome Mom !!!!

I have a question for all you 'experienced' mamas :) When you SR went to BC did you get medical and financial power of attorney for your SR? Does the recruiter give us the forms or do we need to meet with a legal aid ourselves? I have until Feb. before Elias leaves but I want to get all my ducks in a row so I can just cry and not 'worry' any more than I need too :) 

No, the recruiter will not give you the forms. 

You must decide for yourself if you need a power of attorney.

I didn't need a regular POA form for my now Sailor while he was at BC because he didn't have any bills that I would need to speak with a creditor about, or a car that I would need to take care of, or taxes due at that time.  I did need a POA to sign his state tax form the January after his PIR because I needed to file that one for him and he did a limited POA so I could do that.  I recently needed a limited POA (obtained from the License Bureau and Notarized for free there as well) to sell my daughter's car while she is not in the area.  We would have been able to Title my Sailor's car differently if I had had a POA when I was his "agent" when he purchased a car this summer; since I didn't have one, I am a joint owner rather than TOD owner as he had wanted.  You need to look at the POA form and see if there are situations covered that would apply to you and your future Sailor and if not, you may not need one--at least not during BC.

You can print and use the General POA as is at and there is a place for it to be Notarized.  

I have not needed a medical POA  because my Sailor has never been seriously injured or sick, but if he had been, I would have at least needed the part permitting me to receive medical information, which he would be able to sign at the hospital without a medical POA if he were alert, but not if he were incapacitated.  This one is sort of like an insurance policy, you may have it, but you hope you never need to use it.  I didn't know about a Medical Power of Attorney prior to his shipping off to BC. has a Medical Power of Attorney form.  There are lots of free forms on the web.

Be sure to check out the discussion, Things to Do in the Last Month Before Your Future Sailor
Leaves for the RTC
 (clickable link),
 for other things to do as it gets closer to the ship date.

I wish I would have known about this site before my son left for BC. Good for you!
I wish I would have known about this site before my son left for BC. Good for you!

I was told something similar by my future sailor's recruiter :)  He was asking parents if there were any questions and said to me, "I know you don't, you're on Navyformoms, you could probably tell me a few things" :D 

My Son's Recruiter told me she wished other Parents were as informed as I was.  She said she knew that I had researched everything.  She even asked me questions...  lol

That's great;) My son is at RTC now. His PIR is 1/30. In one of his phone calls home he told me that I knew more about BC than he did because of this site! It has helped me sooooo much. Along with the fact that I've received more phone calls than anticipated. I think because of the Holidays. He is doing great and it's actually gone by faster than I thought. The first few weeks were torture for me! After the first call I was able to breathe a little easier. I did feel bad though because I never went to the Recruiters office with him. I asked if he wanted me to but his reply was, "Mom, that would be kind of awkward. I'm 20 and going in the Navy, not a kid going to school!". I never pressed the issue after that. Lol!

Awesome!  I had that same experience.  Since I am sending the next one to RTC and the same recruiters, they just look at me and say, you know how this!  

That is a great story! I love it!

I feel the same way.  I have found more useful information on this site, than my Seaman Apprentice daughter and my Navy veteran husband.


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