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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."


**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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Comment by Allison on November 20, 2020 at 2:20pm

Thank you everyone for your support and information. My DS called last night. He said he was tired and lost a lot of weight. He said SERE was a great experience - and he is glad he doesn't have to do again!

Comment by Chris on November 18, 2020 at 10:55pm

My son went to SERE when there was a foot of snow on the ground in early March.  He was the highest rank in the group, so he received some special attention.  It was valuable training for him.    

Comment by jsefamily on November 17, 2020 at 6:35pm
CheriH’s assessment matches what I know or understand as well. There are various scenarios they simulate and it includes strategic access or non-access to leadership and resources. My son lost a lot of weight and he was lean prior to beginning the course. They all seem to stuff themselves when it is complete. No one wants to repeat the course but find it valuable. We aren’t supposed to know details and that’s ok.
Comment by Allison on November 17, 2020 at 6:17pm

Thanks CheriH. I really appreciate the information. It's hard to wait for that call that he's back home. I am trying to focus on the fact that they don't throw them into anything without lots of training. And maybe all those years on Boy Scout hiking trips will help a little!. 

Comment by CheriH on November 17, 2020 at 5:37pm

Hi Moms...I'll weigh in on the SERE question.  Stands for Survive, Evade, Resist, Escape.  As far as I know it's still two weeks long.  The first week (or so) is instruction.  Everything they need to know to do those four things.  Then they take them out to the wilderness...depends on where as to to what kind of terrain they get.  I've heard of Maine, Washington State, the desert in Southern California.  And then, they get to practice the skills they have learned.  Some of it they have a team mate, I believe.  There are different exercises that they are presented with; problems to solve.  They do end up getting captured and subjected to some tactics they have to get through.  Throughout the week they are carefully watched.  I'm sure that if someone were in real danger, they would intervene.

My son is an F18 pilot; went through SERE right after he winged, 6 years ago.  They are instructed not to tell us much, as it does need to be somewhat secret for their protection.  My son's comment was it was very valuable training but he wouldn't want to do it again.  

He also said that when they got on the bus to go back home, they gave them a ham sandwich with american cheese on white bread and it was the best thing he had ever tasted!

I prayed alot that week; talked with my DIL every day; and was so grateful to get the phone call when he was done.  

I hope that helps!

Comment by redheadlass on November 17, 2020 at 4:22pm

I would like to know about SERE too. My son is currently in Advanced  Flight Training as an SNA.. Still has a ways to go to earn his wings, but he has mentioned SERE to me.. I have heard about it but do not know many details about it. All I know is it is for two weeks, right? 

Comment by Glenni on November 17, 2020 at 3:46pm

I'm interested in the answer to Allison's question, too. My son is a Midshipman 1st class, and I'm just learning about SERE training after reading Allison's post. My son hopes to be an aviator or NFO, so from what I'm reading, it looks like he will have to go through SERE at some point, too.

Comment by Allison on November 15, 2020 at 3:21pm

Hello experienced Navy Moms! Can you tell me about your DS or DD experience in SERE? I am stressing. Navy training is very thorough, but it's hard because I have heard some tough stories. No word yet from my DS.

Comment by jagsailor on November 13, 2020 at 11:25pm

Thanks Kim8! That was so helpful.  My son is great and has had no symptoms thankfully.  Your explanation answered all my questions! I appreciate it.He hopes to start on 11/29. It all makes sense.

Comment by Kim8 on November 13, 2020 at 11:06pm

Hi jagsailor,

I'm sorry your son tested positive. I hope he doesn't experience many symptoms & recovers quickly. H class stands for Holding class & that is where candidates will go for various reasons  like a medical illness/injury or if they don't pass an "evolution" which is a physical and/or knowledge test that they need to pass to continue on in their training. The candidate has to wait for the next class to get to the point in training where they were at, in your case, the start of ocs training. They have a new class starting every 3 weeks. "Class up" is when they join the next class. Hope this helps.


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