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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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Great Lakes A School Q&A Discussions (161)

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leave after A/C school-- orders are confusing

my son is in A school now in pensacola Fl--he is set to finish on 9/6/19 and was told he starts 26 days of c school after that-- he is bein…

Started by MANDY

2 Aug 16, 2019
Reply by Anti M

What happens after ASchool?

My son completes A School on Feb. 20 and he has already been assigned to the USS Ronald Teagan in Japan. Will he leave the next day? He use…

Started by SailorMom18

1 Feb 13, 2019
Reply by Phoenixmom

BECC Info?

My sailor just started BECC. From what I found is it's about 49 days on average of training. Has anyone had anything else about BECC? And…

Started by adubz33

9 Nov 29, 2018
Reply by SuBHuni34

Leave after A school

My son's in A school for fire control right now. We've been looking forward to the leave that he'll get following A school before he goes o…

Started by Carey

20 Nov 28, 2018
Reply by Phoenixmom

Anyone graduating A school on 10/26/18

Do any of you have graduates on this date? I'm trying to find out what time his graduation will be so I can fly in on time. Thanks

Started by Dena4

2 Oct 11, 2018
Reply by Dena4

Care packages

Could someone tell me if there are any specific guidelines around sending care packages? Are there any restrictions? And do they have to be…

Started by stepho

3 Sep 11, 2018
Reply by Phoenixmom

PACT seaman

Im afraid my SR will not get a good rating and will end up in bolier room or kitchen. How can she prepare to get good rating will at A scho…

Started by Gmachris

1 Aug 3, 2018
Reply by Anti M

Need help

Can anyone help me out with finding out dates to expect  for graduation for my son he left on January 22im new to all this. 

Started by Mysailorboy1980

6 May 30, 2018
Reply by Bandmom

A School

If going to A School in Great Lakes, how much time do they get for liberty following graduation? can they wear civilian clothes in A school…

Started by travel101

10 May 12, 2018
Reply by Katiemom

(EM) Electricians Mate

Anyone with loved ones going to A school for Electricians Mate. I would like to share any information.

Started by MomSeanEM2

48 Nov 8, 2017
Reply by Phoenixmom


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