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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.

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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I am new to the group.  I feel like I just barely figured out being a midshipman mom and all of a sudden it is time for Commissioning.  I do not know any other parent of military officers, which is what brought me here.  Looking forward to learning from parents who have been where I am now.

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Thank you for your response!   I can imagine that each journey is very different.   

I do not know how much my son will tell me (or how much of it I will understand).  I also do not know what effect his moving will have on him and on our family I guess it will be a journey, of sorts, for all of us. 

From what my son has said about the officers he has met, those that have made a career of it, are very happy with their lives.  I hope that proves true for your daughter, too.  It certainly seems like an exciting career to choose!

Welcome, LakeviewMom  

Congratulations to you and your new Navy officer!

My son is an O-3, commissioned out of Officer Candidate School in Newport in Sept 2012.  He loves serving in the Navy, and has been all over the world on deployments and assignments.  He just got back to the States from 3 years in Japan, which he & his wife loved. 

It is hard to learn all that Navy lingo--all those acronyms!  When my son starts in with NavySpeak like "RIMPAC," etc. I have to ask him to spell it out for me.  You can Google "Navy acronyms" and find a page that explains a lot of them for you.

It's fun when your loved one is stationed overseas, because you can visit them and have a free tour guide!  We visited Japan when son & DIL were there, and had a great time.  I doubt that my hubby and I would have gone to Japan by ourselves, if son hadn't been there.  He is back in the States now for 3 years, so we are looking forward to where he will wind up next (Europe?) so we can visit there.

What is your Ensign's designator (specialty)?  Will he/she be heading to a school next or join a ship? 

Thank you for your response!  The acronyms/designators are a continuous learning curve for me. I knew O-5 and O-6 from my son speaking about the Battalion, but I had to look up O-3. lol  I will get it eventually, I suppose.   

Newport is close to us.  My son did some of his training down there, too, as their Battalion is in the Northeast.  He and his friends are going all over...several are actually going to Japan.  Most, like my son, will be going to further schooling.   It must be nice to have your son back in the states.  Our son will be the first to move away, so it will just be an adjustment for the rest of us.  But he is SO happy to be in the Navy, it makes it hard not to be happy and excited for him.


My daughter is also an O-3 who went through OCS in Sept 2012.  She trained in Pensacola as a Naval Flight Officer and is currently back in Pensacola as an instructor at the  Aviation Safety School.  What does your son want to train for as he enters the fleet after Commissioning?? 


Several of my son's Battalion mates are going to Pensacola. They are very excited to fly!  My son is going to be a Nuclear Engineer.  From what I understand, we will be training in various places across the US next year.  


Congratulations to your son!!!  Wishing him all the best in his career path!!!!

Thank you!!!

I'm curious, did your son go in wanting to be a Nuke?

When he first started talking about joining the Navy he wanted to be a fighter pilot or a SEAL (he was 12. lol)

As I recall, when he looked into NROTC, he knew he did not want subs, but was open to other ideas.  I think it was after his first summer cruise that he decided that he would like to be a SWO (is that the correct acroynm?).

Sounds like your son will be a SWO-N (Nuke) which are URL (unrestricted line) vs. a Naval Reactors Engineer that are RL (restricted line).  Very different career paths and jobs.  If so, your son will be going to Power School (@ 6 months) in Charleston, SC (great town), then to Prototype (@ 1 yr.) in either Charleston, SC. or Ballston Spa, NY.  Once completed, he will be assigned to a carrier out of San Diego, Bremerton, WA, Norfolk, VA., or Japan.   

Hard work.  I would look at and for more information.


I was being non-specific when I posted because I was not sure what information would be too specific, so I was waiting to check with my son.  He had planned to go SWO-N, before he knew about NR.  

I joined this group, in part, to find people like you who understand both having a child in the Navy, and how many different paths there are while serving.  

Makes sense.  Different paths indeed.  My son enlisted in 2006.  He was a Nuke ET for four years before becoming a OC candidate through STA-21.  He commissioned in 2013.  He is now a winged aviator!    

I have four nephews who serve(d).  One Air Force (E1 to O5, retired), another Army E5 served five years, another UNSA grad currently serving -- NFO O6, and one other USNA grad who just finished Nuke school and is now on a Boomer (LTJG).  Different paths.....



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