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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."

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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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My son leaves Oct.30, I tear up just typing it! Im very proud of him but the closer it gets I realize how much I will miss him. I want to take care of everything I can ahead of time so I was wondering can we open his checking account at Navy Federal now? And do they have special auto insurance for them or do we just keep him on ours and have it suspended?

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Hi Angie,

I am not sure if you can sign up with NFCU yet, look online to see if you can. I do know he can get one at USAA. USAA also does car insurance. We had our son get his own policy because he has his own car. The important thing is to make sure there is no lapse in insurance because that will hurt him later on. So if he is just a driver on yours keep him on. If he has his own car registered to him you might want to look in to his own policy. They do have a storage mode that keeps him and the car insured but costs a lot less.

The lady that helped us at USAA was so nice and helpful. We did the call on speakerphone so he and i could have the information at the same time. Then we set up his account online.  

My son leaves 10/23.  We went to NFCU about 2 months ago and he opened up his account.  Process was quick and easy.  This way he will be all set for his direct deposit!

I agree with AmandaMom - you don't want to take him off the auto insurance completely.....see what your insurance offers in the way of a hold or something.


We opened a USAA checking acct. and he has checking at home bank too, & will split pay checks between them.  We also have USAA car ins.

My son leaves on Monday, this is a terrible week.

Yes, DEPpers can sign up for NFCU.  If he does that, be sure he takes form 1199A with him. 

You can keep his vehicle on your insurance and talk with the company about options.  I raised the deductible and took off roadside assistance and changed the coverage to "Pleasure vehicle" and that allowed me to keep the car covered but reduce the costs.  My Sailor has told me that GEICO has better plans for when he is deployed than some of the other companies he looked at and he now takes care of it on his own, so you could look into that.



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