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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 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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Here is the Heads at Ease mailing label:

When we mail pillowcases to our "own" groups (not one of Molly's adopted groups), use this label only on the package. If the pillowcases are going to one of Molly's adopted groups, use both labels. Both labels are close in size. Download the HAE-Label.PDF file below and you will be able to print the Heads at Ease labels on Avery 8163 or plain paper. If you print on plain paper you will need to tape it onto the package. I have also added a note to be included in your pillowcases. Please fill in your name on the note. The note can be printed on Avery Postcards or plain paper.

We changed the label for several reasons. One was to make "Heads at Ease" more visible. Second, we needed a logo that was not copyrighted.


We were asked to make one for people who are not "Navy" Moms so here is what Sue and I came up with:


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Dori, it is beautiful! love the design and the heart really stands out! Thank you so much for doing this. What a wonderful contribution to Heads at Ease!

I am in awe.
If you use a two-button mouse, right click the picture above. If you don't, press the Control (CTRL) key down, while holding it down, click on the picture. Either of these will bring up a menu with option. One of them is to save the image as file on your computer. I usually drop it onto my desktop until I decide where I want to keep it permanently. (Then when my desktop is sufficiently cluttered, I have a cleanup day).

Open your word processor and Insert a Picture from a File. You should be able to do a bunch for the Avery labels that are 2 x 4.

Hmm. I wonder if I could shrink it and print it on transfer paper.
Honeygram, this is a mailing label, but I don't see why it couldn't be turned into a transfer label. I'm going to have to practice.

And HAE will send some pillowcases for that unit also. Let me know when you get back.
Sue, let me make a smaller one if you are going to try it for a transfer. I thnk 2 x 3 might be a little large. I would suggest 1 x 1.5 as the largest or perhaps even .5 or .75 Let me try it out on paper to see how it pints up. Another option would be to take off the "Putting ..." and "Every Stitch ..." Then I could crop down to just the background heart.

As I told you, MartyMc and I are trying to see if we can make the "Heads at Ease" a little bolder without losing the specialness of it.
I wish I could do the embroidered heart to look just like the label but my machine isn't quite sophisticated enough. I can't get the letters small enough to put that many on a small patch.
I love it! thanks Dori and Marty for you hard work on this.
I love it too! I really like the x's and o's, I use those all the time!
I love the hugs and kisses!! Great job Dori and Marty.
Hugs and kisses were Sue's idea! They were on and off the heart all day.
that was a full day's job! I so appreciate it.
AWESOME JOB!!! The Lables are just Beautiful!!
I used 4 today in my mailings. I pointed them out to the PO Lady and she loved them. Thank you again!


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