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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."


**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 Ladies,

Any suggestion on when it's safe to buy your plane tickets for graduation?


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Me too! October 26th can't come soon enough! 

Where is Sandbox?  You can write letters through Sandbox.  BTW  I bought my tickets on SWA.  They allow changes and baggage.  Unlike others.  Holding a room and a car in Gurnee.  Navy Lodge was booked.  Ordered her Baby G Shock watch as recommended for a gift.  It killed me to buy a plain black watch with no personality! LOL  Just praying we all make it through this.  In the meantime I've started a new job with rigorous training and am stressing over that as well.  Just praying we all make it through the next month!

Got them!  Thanks!

Sandboxx is a free App. The letters are a bit spendy at 4.00 a letter. The more you buy the cheaper they are. We are buying our tickets today! Maybe I should buy her a watch too! She doesn't have one. Also, with Sandboxx you can add a picture. 

Thank you! Thanks for the link to Sandbox.

Your Welcome! They are sent by Fed Ex. They get our letters in 2 days. 

Hi, PIR for my son is 10/19.  We booked airfare through Southwest to Midway.  I just booked the Holiday Inn Express in Waukegan.  I read here somewhere else to call & get the Navy rate.  I also signed up for IHG rewards to get another few dollars off.  It wasn't cheap but we get the weekend with him, my son will be @ Great Lakes for A school. 

Congratulations! How exciting! Can't wait to see my Daughter on the 26th!


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