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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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**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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WWII FC veteran - Father of a Pastry Chef in Dallas who mentors on Carriers

Hi Carol-


My dad was in the navy during WWII - he was also a Fire Controlman.
When I was little I thought that meant he put out fires on board ship!!
Eventually he explained that he helped "aim" the big guns and
torpedos at targets. Totally different from now of course.

I boarded the USS Theodore Roosevelt (Carrier) in September 2003
from Norfolk and cruised down the east coast to Florida but was evavuated by
COD because of an incoming huricane.

In September 2004, I and 3 other chefs from Dallas were flown from
San Diego to the USS Abraham Lincoln (Carrier) while at sea and cruised north
up the Pacific to Seattle.

In May of 2006 I took the USS San Antonio from Norfolk to New York for
Fleet Week. What an experience that was - cruising up the harbor!

I wrote an article after my first trip for the Lone Star Chef.
If you contact the state office they probably have it on file.



Of course you can post what I wrote.

I am kind of a WWII buff - have read loads.
My father has always been my hero. When he was still alive he was very
active in the VFW and Tin Can Sailors (veterans of destroyers). He was a
"Plank Owner", part of the original crew when a ship is commisioned, of
two destrroyers, USS Daly and USS New.

Before he died I bought him a tape recorder to talk about his experiences
during the war. He actually wrote a little book for my brother and I.
When I go home for Christmas I can probably email a copy to you from his computer if you are interested.

I (think) I have attached my father's page from the navy log.

Regards, Shari

PS I went to the site and couldn't find it. It was funny, I saw Ernest Borgnine! But I'll find the page for the this FC, and also request the article from the TCA. I just love history!

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