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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.

OPSEC - Navy Operations Security

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.

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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I am bursting at the seems with pride for Joseph; yet my heart breaks for me. I never knew my heart could feel so many emotions all at one time.  I can't wait to see the man he becomes!!!

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My son is a good person, strong and stubborn at times. I can't stop from worrying so much. Two weeks had passed, that letter hasn't come, maybe because of the holiday plus we live in the Hawaiian islands, it takes more longer to reach us. Thank you heidi86 for your comforting words and reassurances, well appreciated. My boy is growing up now. God will continue to guide these young men to become responsible people in the future. I wish all the parents would encourage their children to do the same, it's a blessing.

meg, I laft info for you on your My Page.

Yay and yeehaw! We FINALLY received the letter today with my son's ship address! Soooooo excited! Family sending first batch of letters tomorrow! Graduation day is 8-21! I am counting down the days! I was reading something about phone cards? We did NOT send this with my son! Does he need this for a phone call that they may get to make? Should I mail one ? I would be devastated to think he wanted to call but needed a card. Any help on this is appreciated. Thanks!

He can buy a phone card at the NEX. Send one if your want (along with stamps and stationary, also available at the NEX). Or don't.

"We did NOT send this with my son!"  No, your son did not feel it important to buy a phone card before leaving. He's the one making the decision. You are going to be seeing a lot more of this behavior in the future.

Kate, I left info for you on your My Page.

Counting Fridays may be easier on you than counting the days. See Arrival and What Happens at the RTC.

Yes, he needs a phone card to make calls, but he will be able to purchase one at the NEX. Don't worry he will call. Yes, you can mail him one. See Phone Cards and Phone Calls.

Yes, your son needs a phone card. I got mine from Walmart, they will activate it for you, get the refillable one and take a picture of it, easier to refill if he ran out of minutes. Insert it in one of your letters to him. If God permits my son will also graduate 8-21.

I received a scripted letter from my son giving us graduation info. and his address to write.  But still no phone call like his recruiter told us we would receive .  How about you???

PAMELA, The RDC schedules phone calls not the recruiter. Don't expect a call, but have your phone available at all times and be pleasantly surprised if you receive a call. See Phone Cards and Phone Calls.

Check your My Page.

My son's group were punished recently due to the mistakes made by few. Team work is very important to win this game. He felt bad but he won't give up helping to rebuild what they started. He felt also sorry knowing not all of them can graduate at the same time. He shared what he got from me like phone cards, stamps, even band- aids. They barely have time for themselves, going to store to get what the need will mean sacrificing a sleep or rest. One more month to go,it's like climbing a mountain the whole time. Let's keep letters flying to feel our support. He said " boot camp is easy only the recruits make it harder". Let's pray for the best for our recruits.


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