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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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Anyone else have a son leaving on Sept 5th?  

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Did he fly out today?

Yes!  My son checked in to the Recruiter's office at 3pm on the 4th.  He had to stay in a hotel that night and check in at MEPs at 6am on the 5th.  He flew out at 2:35p for Chicago.  Got a quick phone call when he landed around 7pm.  Didn't hear anything else until I got my phone call from him at 1:30am CST saying he arrived at RTC.  

For some reason, hearing his voice, opened the flood gates a bit.  Reading information on this site definitely helps calm the emotions.

That is so exciting. Bet you didn’t get any sleep. But now the magic begins!  

Yes, a bit short on sleep today.  Now I'm feeling excited for my son.  You're getting close, only 12 more days.

my grandson left 9/5, we got his call about 630 pm that he arrived, wonder when we will get a call again ?

Got the box today with my son's clothes and phone.  I think they will get to call between 3 and 4 weeks.  Really looking forward to hearing from him.

You may receive an "I'm still alive!" call in week 3 or 4 (calendar week, not DOT), but that call can come before or after that depending on when the RDC is able to schedule the phone banks. (It has been coming during the third weekend after arrival for many lately or early in the following week. Some have gotten it before the form letter.) The call may be only a few minutes to a half hour or more depending on how long the RDC schedules the phone banks. Don't expect a call, but do have your phone available from 8ish am to 8ish pm Central Time and be pleasantly surprised when you receive a call.  The "I'm still alive!" call or other calls the RDC schedules usually come in the mornings on weekdays except on the day of a PIR because the "I'm a Sailor!" calls, which are typically made 1 to 7 days before PIR now, are in the afternoon and evenings, but calls can come anytime during those hours on Saturday.  Calls on the day of a PIR or on Sunday come between 1 and 8 pm. Calls for security reasons or for information are generally made during regular business hours.  Remember "No news is good news!" See Phone Cards and Phone Calls. 

Possible times for calls scheduled by the RDC: 

8 am to noon M-Th 

1 pm to 8 pm F or Sun 

8 am to 8 pm Sat 

Calls for information or due to a problem usually come during business hours, M-F 9 to 5 pm. 

Thanks so much for the information!  Is there only one call prior to the PIR call?  I guess it would make sense if they are about halfway through.  I definitely do not want to miss it!

NavyMum, you are very welcome.

Calls are totally up to the RDC. Some RDC's only schedule the "I'm still alive!" call and the "I'm a Sailor!" call and others try to schedule a call every week or two. Don't expect a call, but have your phone available at all times (especially from 8 am to 8 pm Central Time M-Th and Sat and from 1 pm to 8 pm Central Time on Fridays and Sundays--calls at other times are possible, but generally indicate a problem or a need for information) and be pleasantly surprised when you get a call. See Phone Cards and Phone Calls. 

My son started bootcamp Sept 6

Andrea, welcome to the journey. I left info on your My Page to get you started.

Hi Andrea, hope you are doing well!  I've found this week so much easier than last week.  Did you get your box yet?


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