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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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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."

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'm coming on over to the main page to officially introduce myself. At approximately 4am our daughter will start her ship out journey at MEPS. I can't sleep tonight and sure I won't be able to sleep much for the next few weeks. I have prepared my self with an additional stock of coffee to survive the days while working as a result of sleepless nights. I have received some great information so far around the timeline hoping there aren't any set backs. I worry about her swim test as she is not a good swimmer but also not afraid of water. We were hoping to spend the whole summer in swim lessons but due to COVID all pool lessons were cancelled. What happens once they realize she can't swim?

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KitaJ- Hello, my name is Troy and my wife and I share this profile. I've watched tons of youtube videos in preparation of our SR leaving. If memory serves me correctly the video on the main page here has a link to one that will explain the swim requirements and what happens if a recruit struggles. Its worth watching and will hopefully ease your mind I think. The short of it, is that they will work with her on technique and get her to the position where she has an opportunity to pass. Our son left MEPS from ST. Louis on 9/1 so just know we are right there with you. We are assuming he is currently onboard RTC the day your daughter arrived onboard Fort McCoy. Stay strong!! The video is "Behind The Scenes at RTC"


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