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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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Just got my letter from our SR made us so happy :)!  Heading to Great Lakes for the PIR in April and can't wait to see him.

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Just got our letter also.  We are also in 02/922.  I heard they are a performing division...So excited for that.  Can't wait to see him.

Yes, my son wrote a short note on the back of the paperwork and said they are a performing division and he is part of the drill team. I knew we'd be happy to hear from him but todays note was more than mere happiness.  Good to hear he is good.

Teachermom where are you from?  Will you be going to the PIR?

I'm from Destin, FL.  Already bought plane tickets...just can't decide on a hotel.

I got my letter today, and we are 02/922.  We are from Louisiana.  His note he wrote gave me mixed feelings, I was glad to hear from him, but he said processing was horrible.  I can only imagine what comes next.

There is a website that tells you what they are doing each week in  RTC.  That helps me feel more like I am part it rather than wondering what he is doing.  Is this your first in military?


I would like to know that website.  Jacob is our youngest son, and is our first in the military.

Just as there is a forum for moms there is one for dads also.  Here is a link off the Navy Dads site that has the information.

Ours is the youngest of 6 kids, he is our second one in the military.  The oldest daughter was enlisted in the Navy when she was 19.   So he too is our baby. :)

Hope the web site helps, it at least gives you an idea of what he is doing week to week while there.

Thanks, I will check that website out.  Jacob didn't say anything about being a performing division.  What does that mean?

At Navy boot camp, a special recruit division is responsible for performing musical pieces and drill routines at each boot camp graduation. Selection for this unit, the 900 Division, usually takes place within a week of the recruit's arrival at the Great Lakes Naval Station for basic training. While recruits must have some musical or drill experience, the final decision is made by the Recruit Division Commanders. Once assigned to the division, recruits go through the same training as other divisions in addition to performance duties.

I found this information on a website.  Was your son in ROTC in high school?


Our son was in Marching Band...played sax.  They have a band in the pictures so I assume that is what he is doing.  Looks like we may have an extra reason to be proud at PIR.

Yes sure does look that way :) Can't wait.  We are in Naples, FL.  Haven't decided if we want to drive or fly yet.

No he wasn't in ROTC, he played the trombone in middle school


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