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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

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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. 

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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.

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Hi All! My son is scheduled to leave Dec 5. He was sworn in yesterday. While I'm excited I'm scared because he is my youngest son (21). I have so many questions but I don't want to bombard him. I heard leaving in Dec is different from any other month. Does anyone have any info, advice, suggestions

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Those shipping between Thanksgiving and Christmas often have 10 Fridays instead of the typical 9 Fridays due to a large number shipping at times, but other than that (and the cold), there is really no change in training. He will have a nice meal for Christmas and will have holiday routine on Christmas and be able to attend Chapel if he desires and will be able to write (See Letter Writing & Fun Stuff/Questionnaires to send to your Recruit.) and he may even get a phone call, but don't count on it and be pleasantly surprised if you get a call (See Phone Cards and Phone Calls.).  All federal holidays are HOLD days at RTC. New Year's Day will be treated much like a Saturday with no holiday routine so no guaranteed chance for writing and about 5 hours of training. A call may be scheduled on this day by the RDC, but with the large number of recruits at RTC, don't count on it.

I mentioned the cold, but don't worry. RTC takes VERY good care of the recruits and all training is done indoors. The times they are outside going between ships, they are bundled up well and the only exposed body parts are their eyes and a little skin near them.

Hi Regina126!  My son leaves the same week (Dec 4), and I am excited for him and nervous all at the same time, too!  My son is 20 and he is my oldest, but he is the type that just goes with the flow and is not stressing about this at all, and I am doing ALL of the stressing!!

There is a sub-group on here for those folks whose recruits are leaving in December: if you would like to join us there. Perhaps our boys will end up in the same division!

Hang in there, my friend! :)


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