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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. 

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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.

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Hi - this is my first time here with this Michigan group.  We are in Mount Pleasant (Go-Fire-Up Chips!).  My son wants to come home on the 19th or 20th from Great Lakes, where he has been hanging out since PIR Nov. 26, waiting to go off to A School.  Unfortunately we can't pick him up because we will be in San Diego at our other son's graduation from Marines Boot Camp!  My sailor son will be horrified that I'm doing this, but I figured it couldn't hurt to put it out there and ask if anybody might be able to give my son (and ALL his gear) a ride back to the Central Michigan area!  He's been trying to figure out a way to get back on the train or by bus but he's having trouble so far ...    Thanks for your consideration!

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That is a great deal of time and gas.

Will there be a payment of some sort worked out prior?

Yes, of course he would want to work out the details, such as how much to contribute for gas, and all would have to be agreed upon ahead of time.    

why did he not go to A school from PIR?

Inquiring Mind, did your son find a ride home for Christmas? How exciting to have a son in the Navy and one in the Marines. We have other dual moms in our group. I confess these discussions don't get much exposure and it's definitely OK to post needs in the regular feed. I hope you will join in through the regular comment process and let us know how your sons are doing.

Lorraine, thanks so much for your reply!   Sorry I'm so late getting back to you.  I'm totally new to this site and I don't know how to do this stuff, what the proper etiquette is and how to properly reply to people or comment on posts and that, so I haven't been posting but rather, just reading what others post in the groups I'm in.   I'm probably doing this one wrong too.  Anyway, I wanted to thank you for your interest and concern!   My son ended up figuring out for himself how to get home on the train etc. - I was so proud of him!  It was hard for me as a hovering mom to step away and let him do it himself, but it worked out fine and we had a wonderful visit!  His Marine brother even made it hime for the holidays too!  Great fun listening to them comparing their boot camp experiences!

I'm glad it all worked out. Don't be afraid to comment in the regular ongoing discussions. We're all here for each other.


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