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Link to Navy Speak - Navy Terms & Acronyms: Navy Speak

All Hands Magazine's mini-documentary series "Making a Sailor": These six videos follow 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. 

Making a Sailor: Episode 1 - "Get on the Bus"

Making a Sailor: Episode 2 - "What did I get myself into?"

Making a Sailor: Episode 3 - "Processing Days"

Making a Sailor: Episode 4 - "Forming"

Boot Camp: Making a Sailor - Episode 5

Making a Sailor: Episode 6 - "I'm a U.S. Navy Sailor"

...and visit Navy.com - America's Navy and Navy.mil 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."

Please note! Changes to this guide happened in October 2017. There are now tickets issued, and there are no longer parking passes for PIR.

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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Hello Everyone
My son shipped out today
He called to tell me he landed safely in Chicago. I guess this is how mom's feel qhen their kids leave for college. I'm super excited foe him but need to come up with my new normal.

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Hi Michelle - be sure to join the boot camp group - I left the link in the welcome message on your page.  You will find lots of good info there as to what/when things will be happening in boot camp.  You can expect the letter in about 9-14 days and once you have that you can then join your PIR group.  Keep your phone handy and remember, no news is good news!

Hang in there! My son shipped out 04/02 and I was able to talk to him today over the phone for a bit. He said he’s doing well, that was a big relief for me to hear. Also received the form letter and first letter last week. Stay strong!

It is the same, but also different.  My son, who is currently in BC, went to college before deciding on this career path. It is the same in that you are sending your child out into the world knowing that you will have little, if any influence over their decisions. You can only hope that the values and life lessons you have taught them will guide them and that you are sending a productive member of society out into the world. Since he went to college a 4 hour drive from home, we had to plan our visits well ahead of time so as not to show up when he was studying for exams or on a weekend that he and his friends were driving to a close away game.

The difference is that while your child may not text or call home a lot while in college, you do get some contact with them. There is not the communication black out that you experience in BC. Also, in college you can pretty much pick your classes in your chosen major, whereas in the Navy you can make your preferences known, but if they need you somewhere else that's where you're going.

Remember that during the first three weeks no news is good news.

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