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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. 

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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.


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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Anyone else's child arrive at bc today?

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Welcome to the next part of the journey. I left info for you on your My Page.

Hi Dawn,

I'm Julie and my son also arrived at boot camp last night.  I received my call at midnight.  It looks like you were still awake in the wee hours.  Hope you got some sleep.  I slept for 10 yours....totally drained.  Now I need to concentrate on keeping myself busy for the next 8 weeks.  I've sent you s friend request. ;)

Hi Julie, 

He called at about 8:30 PST. I did have a bit of trouble getting out of bed this morning. I think it was more from emotional exhaustion. 

Yes, definitely trying to keep busy. 

My son arrived at BC late Tuesday/early Wednesday. He has been waiting in DEP since July and was very ready to go. My son is 23 and really gave the Navy a lot of thought and did a lot of research before finally deciding to enlist. Saying that, it is still hard to let him go as I was lucky enough to have him with us until he left for BC. 

So proud of our recruit for taking the Navy path and hope all of them do well. We are missing him a lot and anxious because we are a new military family. So thankful for NavyforMoms as my family and I have learned so much about the process and what to expect. Having others to share our experience makes this bearable. 

Hi MissiMom9470,

My son is 19 and was waiting since July as well. I think it was hard for him to let go as well. Just can't wait for that form letter to have his address and to receive letters from him as well. 

I hope they all do well also. I am obsessed with trying to find out as much information as I can. This site is amazing for sure. 

My son's box arrived today. Instant tears. I haven't even opened it yet. Happy to have received it though. 


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