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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."

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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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I hugged my baby boy this morning stronger and longer than ever.  Leaving for work today took extra time since I had to stop due to not being able to see from the tears. He is on his way to L.A today with his "buddy". He didn't want me to take him because he said it would be to hard for him. Recruiters are driving the boys today, they will spend the night and fly out to Illinois tomorrow morning where it will be Day 1 of bootcamp. 

I can't believe it. I can't believe that little baby of mine I raised is on his way.  I am beyond emotional.  I miss him already. Yet I am so proud.  My heart literally feels swollen.  Being a mom has never been so hard as it is today.  It is one thing to sit by their side in the hospital for 10 days praying he doesn't die from meningitis, it is another knowing that you are letting them go to spread their wings. He no longer needs you the same way he did before. My job ins't done, but my position has changed. 

What is saving me, is knowing I did this as a single mother. I must give myself a little credit, which might help me get thru this.  I did my best, and for once, it was good enough.  <3 

God Bless all of us parents who created these hero's.  

Thanks for listening. 


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Aww thank you so much, I feel like I am apart of a special community now, because I really don't think people understand exactly how I feel unless they are going thru it themselves. Its overwhelming and I have been flood my FB with updates. I am sure some just scroll on thru without a thought, but I have got alot of positive and encouraging comments.  I too did not plan on attending graduation, but my mind changed already and we are definitely going to make the trip.  Congrats on your son as well and I am so glad to hear he is feeling better. 

Day 2 .. sheesh. 

God Bless


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