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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. 

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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 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).  Still limited to 2 guests maximum.

Specific information on this policy change will be provided in the coming days and weeks.

We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience and appreciate your support.


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**UPDATE 7/16/2021**




**UPDATE - 2020**

Due to COVID there is no public PIR. The graduations are on Thursday, and the video of the graduation is posted on RTC's FaceBook on Friday at approx 3pm. Please keep in mind that a division may need to complete additional quarantine during training which will delay their graduation.

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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Hi, new Navy mom here. Just curious about how the housing is determined once they report to their first duty station? Thank you in advance. Excited to be part of this group!

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New2Navy21 - Welcome to the N4Mom site. I see you have also joined the BC Moms group and the MAA group. From your profile page it appears that your daughter is waiting to leave for BC. I am not sure what your specific question is about housing. But that would be a question for the MAA group. We have some recent BC Moms whose sailors just graduated A school or are still there. They are a part of that group. 

My son was in Nuke school and I know they kept the females housed at least on floors separate from the guys. For awhile they had their own BEQ (Bachelor Enlisted Quarters). Male or Female they are referred to as BEQs. I will just be honest, that doesn't keep the sailors from leaving base when they have the privilege to do so and get a hotel room to themselves. So, if that is a concern, be sure to talk to your daughter prior to her leaving. 

Also, make sure she knows that you need to be listed on any of her HIPPA forms for medical information release, if she wants you to be able to ask questions about her. Otherwise, she is the only one able to call and let you know what is going on with her life in the military. If she is 18, all of our government laws go into effect and she is an adult to the fullest extent, - other than legal drinking age. And underage drinking in the military is no longer an acceptable thing as it was when my husband was in the Army. 

Okay, enough about things to add more worry to your Momma head. Here are some links to other things, and be sure to come introduce yourself in the BC Mom group, if you haven't already. I haven't checked those messages again yet. 

Read before leaving - What BC may be like during COVID

First Things First-- The Quarantine Edition

Moms of Daughters 2 - This is the most active group of moms with female sailors. They don't chat a lot but if you post a question one of the regulars will likely post a reply. 

The MAA group is still probably your best option for more accurate information and I will try to direct some of those moms your way as well. 

Any questions about BC, be sure to go to the BC Mom group page, scroll down through the information, past the discussions and you will come to a Comment Wall. That is where you should post your introduction and also where we do most of our daily chatter. It is also where more members get notifications about messages posted as well. 


I was a female sailor.  All women who are E-4 and below and single must live in the barracks.  Usually they are housed separately from the men, but at smaller commands the floors may be mixed.  They will have one or two roommates.  Furnishings typically include a nice rack, a desk unit, a bedside  table, and a locking wardrobe with a chest of drawers in it.  There may or may not be a small kitchen area.  There is a small bathroom they share.  Rooms are inspected monthly or when required, health and safety checks can happen anytime.  No overnight guests allowed.  When they earn their liberty privileges in school, they can spend the night offbase in a hotel on the weekend if they do not have duty. 

If they are assigned to a ship, junior sailors might be required to live onboard in female berthing.  Some ships have barracks for when they are at their homeport, often on floating barges.  There are not enough rooms for everyone, so the ones who have not advanced are the ones who get to live on the ship.  There is a waiting list for better accommodations. There is very little room for personal belongings, and items like hair dryers are not allowed.  I never was on a ship, but my friends were, it sucks.  

Edit: MAAs often are sent overseas, and live in barracks there.  Sometimes they are required to find apartments in rare cases.  The Navy pays a housing allowance and a cost of living allowance.  They often share a place.  This is UNSUAL but possible.


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