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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

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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.

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My son left for boot camp yesterday 11-12-13. I have not quit crying. He is my only child. I can't help but feel so helpless and empty. I just wish I could hear him tell me he is ok. Just another scripted call. Anything!!! I am going back to work tomorrow but am still worried about how to adjust. I just want to know he is okay. How do I get passed this??? My heart is completely broken.

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Hi Lisa4495, i'm having the same feelings as i write. This is so very hard, it don't seem real. All i can tell you is to keep reading the other moms post. Sometimes i find comfort in reading their post and feel better, but we need to stay busy. My house is empty without him here. I've written about 6 or 7 letters within five days, and now i'm waiting to hear from him. my son left on 11-11-13, his ship is 02 Div 909. do you have your son's information? I'm wondering do our sons feel this same way, seeing as though they haven't heard from us. I hope you feel better and good luck to you and your SR. I can't wait until BC is over.

I think our sons may be together. Cole is ship 02 division 909 as well. I have been so worried because I didn't have any way to send letters until this past Friday that he was wondering why he hadn't heard from me. Got a little note yesterday about the adopt a sailor for thanksgiving and he wrote a little not on it as well. He sounded positive. Hoping to get a real letter soon. We need to find out if our boys are together

how often are you hearing from your son?

Been there and soooo know the feeling.  It's hard, not going to lie.  You do get through it, some how, some day it will get a little better.  It's been over three years since my Son left on his new adventure and I still find myself sobbing.  Just know, and tell yourself repeatedly, that he has chosen to do something wonderful for  himself and this grand Country of ours.   Get that pad of paper and start writing those letters.  You will look forward to the day that a letter comes, it will  and hold on to them.  Cry, sob, slobber and just outright bawl.  Then take a big ol breath shoulders back and head high.  and When you get that I am a United States Sailor call shout out how proud you are.  This journey will not be easy but you will get through it.  You are not alone, none of us are alone.  Now here comes a big ol N4M ((((hug)))):)


My Son left this morning for Bootcamp. I am patiently awaiting the Im here and ok call! I am actually tracking his flight so I know when he arrives in Chicago! I miss him so much and noone understands my sadness.. Im actually annoyed with some of my best friends because the are comparing it to their children going to College.. SO NOT THE SAME!!


Hang in there ladies!

Not EVER the SAME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! UGHHHHH lol

Not the same. They will never get it just like the people who never had children. Deep breath and tolerance is key here.

It will be ok I promise. I just came out the other side of that black hole they call boot camp. My son laughed at me when he heard how nuts we were.  They have groups for you sons graduating class we had so much support for each other it helped so much like you said only us NAVY moms and soon to be NAVY moms understand it.  I was in the NAVY myself you would think it would be easier to understand but it wasn't.  When you get that call you will be fine.  Reach out to other moms it truly does help  Good Luck

totally not the same.

HUGS momma.  I still cry and mine left 11/20.  I was in the hospital recovering from open heart surgery and the night he shipped was the day they released me.  Its okay to cry but remember to be strong when you talk to him.  They know we are crying and missing them, just as they are missing us.  Boot camp is as much for us as them.  Please thank your son for his service and remember we are all in this together.  HUGS


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