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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 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).  

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 6/23/2022 - MASK MANDATE IS LIFTED -  Vaccinations still 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.

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I copied this from the USNavy Museum walls, as my husband and traveled to GL RTC a week prior to sons departure.
It may or may not be completely accurate these days however, It assists me when writing my letters, words of encouragement, etc.

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Wk 1. The first night will be the most alone you will ever feel.  Youll get sweat pants, tee shirt n sneakers.
Wk 2. Physical training assessments
Swim 50 yds, float for 5 min and prone float, clothing inflation.
Life insurance n beneficiary completion
Sit ups, push ups and running.  Test.
Wk 3. Physical transformation begins.
Basics of uniform presentation, n inspection, academic learning, code and ranks, knot tying, general orders and military drill.
Drill maneuvers n issue of sailors uniform.
Wk 4. Hands on and classroom training.  Armed conflict, money management, seamanship (very physical), ship communication, naval policies, and ship/aircraft identification.
Wk 5. "Hell week".
Learning to trust your shipmates.
Tested on material learned so far.  Proper uniform, drills, physical fitness, upkeep of barracks n locker as well as weapons training.
Wk 6. You will feel and see a change in civilian to sailor.  You will be stronger, smarter and more experienced.
You learn health, safety training, hands on.  Biological, chemical, tear gas, antiterrorism, radiological.
Flooding, firefighting, etc.
Wk 7.  You will believe you can do anything.  When you arrived, you were scared and didnt know if you could do it.  Now, you will know, you can and you will.
Battleship stations.  Hands on emergency events and rescue, damage control.  This is all about pgysical and mental challenges.  You must pass these drills to graduate.
Physical training, drills n tests.
Wk 8.  You are ready.  You feel confident. You trust your shipmates with your life.
Ready for graduation!
I am crying as I read this, not because I am scared for him, but because I am SO proud❤️

awww...wish I could do the heart thing!

When you attend PIR, i encourage you to walk through the museum. It gave my husband and I a first hand view of their sleeping quarters, their small storage area, under each bunk. Uniforms, pics of BST-21, etc.
It was a moving experience. Made us appreciate what these brave kids are choosing to do, with their lives, to make a difference.
I am grateful for the geoups I've joined and SO proud of everyone's recruit! Go Navy!
Thanks Lea I did get this. Got a call yesterday. He sounded great. He has settled in and is happy and excited. This schedule will help with the remaining weeks. Blessings to you and yours!

Lea   thank you for the info. It has been years since I went to RTC and that was in Orlando. Some things still the same, others not so much. 


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