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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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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.

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Son leaving for BOOTCAMP 4-7-11...anyone else with the same start date?

My son is headed for Great Lakes on 4-7-11 ( or maybe he goes to MEPS first and from there to Boot).  He has been DEP since November 2010 and is anxious  to start basic.  After basic he is to go to Meridian, MS for "A" school.  Can anyone tell me if they get much liberty between basic and "A" school?

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Sheri  I did recevie Sean's box and it was a  sad moment to see all his things in there.  i have not received the letter yet wiht his little note.  i am so anxious to hear from  him and look forward to wehn he can call so I knwo he is ok.  How are you doing>>>
I am nervous, anxious and the tears come and go-but he is excited-a great new adventure
pattyb here is a good group for you to join for info

Also go to your page and scroll down to read the greeting message that I left you. It has links and other info that may be helpful
My son leaves Monday, April 4th.  I had a few tears already but I need to stop doing this.  I'm praying everything goes smoothly.
I have a question.  Does everyone who starts bootcamp this week graduate on the same day since graduation is on a Friday.  If my son starts on April 4th will he probably graduate on May 27th?  I really need to find out because I have to ask off from work as soon as possible.

Jo1   most all graduations (PIR Pass In Review) are on Friday...unless there is a holiday and then it is on Thurs and occasionally Wed.


You can guestimate the PIR by adding 8 weeks to theirdeparture date and then going to the next Friday. BUT, do NOT make any travel plans till you get the form letter to confirm the PIR date.


you can call the recruiter 72 hours after your rct left to get the address


Thank you so much for answering my question....:)

jo1 you're welcome...also go to your page and scroll down to read the greeting message I left you on your comment wall. It has links and info that may be helpful
My son Sean just left the tears were there and it ws a had time but so proud of him

My son told me that he "may" come home at T'giving and would come home at Christmas.  Then, it depends on when a spot opens up in A school - it could be 2 months, 1 month or 2 weeks, etc.  They roll into A school slots when they open up.  He thought that there would be a more extended home leave during that time, but like anything else, don't get your hopes up until it definitely is happening.


my son just called -on his way to meps to begin the journey to basic he sounds nervous but ok-I just keep crying and missing him  


I'm glad that you heard from your son.  My son left Monday and it's hard!  I haven't slept well the last two nights.


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