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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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Gosh, I dont know where to start! I am so lost I dont even know where to start, All I know is my son flew out on March 7th and I got the phone call that he was alive, but it seemed like it was recoreded, It was wierd! When do I get a letter, and when can I write and where,I am soooo confussed.



I need help,



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I know when you received that first call it is very short, I believe they must read it off of a card or something. There are so many of them that needs to make that call so it is very fast and short. It took about a week for us to get his stuff in the box and a few days later we got this form letter that he got to fill in the blanks. It will give you all the information that you will need  to write to him and also his PIR date (graduation date from boot camp). Just start writing the letters for when that form letter comes so you can mail them. It will be around 3 weeks before you receive a letter from him. They need to train someone to do the mail, so until then they won't receive them and his won't be mailed. My son was able to mail us a letter every Monday so we would receive it on Thursday. But I am sure every unit (ship) works different. Just some friendly advise, don't send no food or candy or anything like a musical card. I know my son was sent a musical card from his sister and not knowing it he opened it and the Petty Officer heard the first note and made him tear out the musical part and do push ups for awhile. I have also heard about them eating the candy or food while the person who got it got to do push ups until they (Petty Officers) finish eating it. So just some friendly advise. Also don't count the days until he graduates just count the Fridays until you get to see him. It a mind trick but at least it won't seem as long.


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