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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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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."

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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.

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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Hello ladies, I am getting married in August to my sailor and he insists on me going back to school, which i am all for but i'm having a hard time finding what benefits will be available to me as a spouse. I have already done a year and a half in college but my credits wont transfer to WA (our duty station). I hate that i have to start all over and i'm going to need all the financial help i can get. Any help or advice is greatly appreciated!! 

Thank you

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MYCAA will only go towards an associates and certificate program, though. 

Honestly, if you are married or you are no longer your parent's dependent, FAFSA can really help you out a lot. The federal government will give you a ton of money to go to school if you don't make a lot. Also, if you're married, there's plenty of scholarships out there you can apply for, you just have to search. You will also qualify for in-state tuition since you are married and he is stationed there. 

There are plenty of opportunities, but you can't just wait for them to hit you in the face. You have to go out looking for them!

Also, I've heard Olympic College has a great nursing program. They also have a few other 4 year programs. However, if you're looking for a big name school, you'll have to commute. I applied to University of Washington (The Tacoma Campus. There's also a Seattle campus). 

Just start googling and eventually you'll come upon something. :)

FASFA def for sure get on that asap! If they try to make you pay to submit it run! Its the FREE application so thats a very important to know! :) It should be through a .gov site if I remember right! Start googling scholarships! start applying! I think is one you can use. Its pretty much like a google for scholarships! There are quite a few of them. Just google scholarship search engines Sign up and start applying some are as easy as filling out a form, others will be based on attributes you may have such as race, gender, field, etc.


also like Emily said MyCAA is only for associates and if it doesnt cover it all you pay the rest. But its a good program.


Also, if you have a school in mind you like apply for their scholarships! Declare a major asap when you decide for sure because a lot of departments have scholarships specific to their dept. So say you wanted a degree in Photography some places have tuition waivers available to a limited number of photog majors. :) hope that helps! You really do have to be proactive keep applying even if you think you have it paid for. A lot of places will give you a check for books and other expenses.


Also if you are looking for cheap books check out big words. you need to know what book you need beforehand but it will search all the sites and find them cheapest. Also, you can get a free trial membership of amazon prime with an edu address so thats a good way to get some deals on books with free shipping. :)

You ladies are awesome!!! Thank you so much for all the great info!


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