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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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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 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.


RTC Graduation

**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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My son will be leaving in September for bootcamp. I am so proud of him! However everytime I think about all of this I start crying. I know when he leaves I am going to be an emotional mess!

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I absolutely agree. I feel that my cup runneth over. I’m choking up as I write this- I’m thinking about the obstacles that he is facing today and what he may be thinking. I pray for his strength. Thank you so much for your kind words <3 

Have a blessed day! 

Hello Sheryl,

As days get closer for your sons departure be comforted in knowing he is doing something that makes him happy. I know this doesn't make your heart stop from breaking because I would be lying if I said otherwise. I completely broke down and was so emotional. Its okay to cry, its okay to not want to talk, its okay for you to be angry. When all this is over bootcamp for him it will make you stronger.

Take lots of pixs, and even have him leave you a voice message on your cell. it helps...…...Hugs to you and all the new Mom's going thru this. Prayers always

My son Seth shipped out 2 days ago to the Great Lakes. I'm so proud of him. Every time I stop and think of how far he's come I start to cry and thank God for answering my prayers.

Jen(OS Mom)-- Please join us on the main Boot Camp moms page.  I also have a blog that will give you an idea of what to expect for the first few weeks.

First Things First-- The Quarantine Edition

The link to the Moms page is here:

Jen(OS Mom) -- awww, congratulations to your son.  Next month it will be 2 years that my son left for boot camp. 

Hi Tammy_Girl ! Hope all is going well for your sailor!

Hi Tammy_Girl,

How are you and your Sailor doing? It's good to see you on here. :)

Jen(OS Mom),

Good Morning,

How are we doing this morning? Don't forget to post on the main page when you can. You've got this!!!

Chipmunk, thanks for reaching out.  Yep, our sailor is doing well.  Still in San Diego.  He was home last month for 3 weeks.  It was SO nice.  The weeks just flew by.  Hopefully it will work out that we can visit him next April.  And he might be home for Christmas.  How's your sailor?

partyofseven, yep, I'm still around.  I like to still be active on here.  Though I might not always respond to a post, I do like hearing about all the sailors travels.  Hugs to all Navy Moms out here!!


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