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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."

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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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I am new to the group.  I feel like I just barely figured out being a midshipman mom and all of a sudden it is time for Commissioning.  I do not know any other parent of military officers, which is what brought me here.  Looking forward to learning from parents who have been where I am now.

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Wow!  That is wonderful!  What a great family legacy. 

I am still working on getting my family to understand basic things about the Navy.

I sounds like your son has an amazing career.  I think all the great places (literal and figurative) that the Navy can take them, is one of the best things!

From the outside looking in (no one in my generation served--as a Gold Star wife, my Mother wouldn't allow it) I view the Navy as a large corporation with tremendous opportunities and benefits.  Unlike corporations, Navy sailors put themselves in harm's way, thereby earning the benefits available to them. 

As the parent of an only child, I'm not comfortable with the added risk, but, I've learned to live with it.

My son is hoping to be a pilot. He wants to fly the MH-60 helicopter. However, each semester when  he goes for counseling with his commanding officers, they always say something like “you know, with your grades you just need to stay open to the fact that you could be drafted as a Nuke...” He did sign up for a sub cruise for this summer. So I guess it’s just wait and see.

Yeah,  My son hear that a lot, too! He was aiming for SWO-Nuke, though, so he wasn't too worried about it.  He went to an engineering school, so a lot of them stood the chance of being "drafted" nuke, but to my knowledge only one of them actually was. 

From what I hear about the kids who wanted aviation, the best bet is to do really well on the aviation selection tests.   I think all the kids get nervous about what will happen with their selection, (probably because they have no control over where the Navy sends them).  But none of the mids I spoke to after selection were anything but very excited to be heading to their prospective duty stations, so in the end, I think it all works out.

Hi LakeviewMom!  My Mid just commissioned too, so you and I are in the same boat, except that I was raised by a Navy Officer, so I have some insight into Navy life.  Yet I imagine you and I have some of the same things to learn as our kiddos head to the fleet.  Congratulations to your Ensign!

Hello Dancingqueeninsc! 

First, sorry for the delay in answering.  We were away at a family wedding and my Ensign leaves for his duty station very soon, so there have been lots of family gatherings the past few weeks.   

Thank you for the warm welcome and congratulations, as well!  I am not sure how it was for you, but we found the Commissioning Ceremony really moving and emotional.  It was not like anything I have ever experienced.  It must be extra special when it caries on a family tradition, as it does for you.  I am sure it is different for every mom, but I find that I am not only extremely proud of my ensign, but all of the men and women of his Battalion who commissioned with him.  They are truly wonderful young people.  And while I am very happy for all of them, I am going to miss them, too.

I hope your ensign is happy with his posting and as excited as mine is to get out there and do the work they have trained so hard to be ready for!  Take care,  LakeviewMom

Hello Lakeviewmom,

I'm just reading your post from last year and so many things are similar for me, but we are going thru it a year later and things are very uncertain. My son is also in the northeast and he is finishing his college senior year at home. We still haven’t heard if they will be having a group commissioning ceremony. He was drafted for SWO nuke and is going to SanDiego after commissioning. Your son must be a year into by now. How was the first year? Did you get to see him. Does he have any time off to come home? We are not a military family, so going into this with so many questions. Thanks for any feedback!


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