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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."

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.

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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My son left for boot camp at Great Lakes 10/15/2013 I'm a hot mess. Crying every day. I did get address for him 8 days after he left. I overnighted him letter. Still have not Hurd from him. Did hear from Navy but that was a big let down. I thought I had a letter from him. Tomarrow will be two weeks. I pray it won't be long til I get letter or call from him. The not knowing is killing me.And I hope he is better than I am. Do you think he has past the worst part already. Please pray for my son. I will do same for others.

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Reading you message brought back memories of my son that left a little over a year ago. It is very hard on both the parent and the child not being able to talk when they want to. But once you start receiving the letters it helps a little. Make sure you join the ship and div once you know what it is. You will get so much more info and support from other moms then. And believe me it is so much better once they get done with boot camp and they have their cell phone, then you can talk with them every day. Just make sure that you are upbeat when you write to him and very positive this will help him get though it also. Also send his mail in a regular envelope and no musical cards or food/candy. I usually received my letters from my son on a thursday of each week since his mail went out on a Monday (that is once they assigned someone to do the mail) which took about 3 weeks. 

Bootcamp is really hard for us moms! What helped me was I wrote him every day, just basic things going on (good news only) and I would include a joke and a Bible verse. It helped me looking them up and I figured would help hi if he had a bad day. Don't bother sending overnight or expedited mail , it wont get there any earlier, and you don't want them to get any extra attention. Keep coming here to vent do your not venting to him. We all understand.


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