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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 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.


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My husband IS joining the navy, wives please help me!!!!!! :(

So my husband has decided he's joining the navy..... He's extremely set on serving his country and taking care of his family. My husband is the most hard-working person I have ever met and has the biggest heart I know the military will really be GREAT for him. However I'm 20 and he is 23. We both work tons, we have a 5 year old in school and a 4 month old baby at home. I'm so concerned about this. I know nobody can give real answers but I seriously am on my last hope by posting this to keep my sanity. Can someone please tell me will he be away from home a lot? Will we be able to afford me staying home with my kids when we get stationed? Will he be watching his kids grow up through pictures or will it just be every now and then that he gets deployed? Are the benefits as good as they say they are? If so what are they? someone please answer me........ I don't want to hold him back from his dreams and I will not do that but I also have a family I want a good future for and refuse to let go....

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This was just discussed in one of the SO/GF groups, read the comments, see if that helps.

okay thank you

Deciding to join the Navy doesn't mean that he IS joining the Navy. Like any other job, you apply and hope to be accepted. There are more applicants than available jobs, so not everyone will make the cut. And then the jobs being offered may not be to you husband's liking.

The first hurdle to overcome will be getting a waiver for 3 dependents. The Navy wants to know that Sailors can meet their family's financial obligations on a Sailor's pay. His gross basic pay at 6 months will be between $1547 and $1823 a month plus a housing allowance. I see you are from Virgina, the housing allowance in the Norfolk area is $1419 monthly. If you can't live on this, paying all your bills, no waiver.

Let's see some wives jump in and help with your questions.

thank you 

"Choose your rate , choose your fate........"  Some jobs are top heavy with sea duty. Boatswain Mate gets a lot of sea duty for one.  Some aviation rates get  plenty of sea time.  Sea Bees deploy as a battalion.  FMF Corpsmen deployment with the Marines.  Most Navy rates have 36/36 month sea shore rotation, not all but most do.  I have met Chiefs with over twenty years that have never been at sea. They were able to select back to back to back overseas duty.     Some Sailors have done the same with  sea duty. If I was a young Sailor going and I had a choice it would be overseas duty in Japan or Okinawa (Japan).  Point being there isn't a hard and fast rules about duty stations.  Career sailors have to be selective about duty stations and type duty   Ships homeport in the States will be in their home 50% of the time less shakedown cruises...............good luck.


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