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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."

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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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Really, I can't help but freak out a bit here. I am literally up at night thinking about my daughter signing up in DEP as a S-PACT. I found out when I arrived at MEPS to watch her swear in. I am ex navy myself. Was a CTT for five years back in the mid to late 80's and am so proud of my daughter for making the decision to join the Navy. But then... I found out there were very few jobs to choose from so she went S-PACT because they told her that it is an apprenticeship program where they get to try all these things and then just choose whatever they want.  Well, I am not that naïve and I know that she will completely be driven by the "needs of the Navy" and will have limited rates that she can strike into.... or that was what I understand it to be like. She is very interested in becoming a Rescue Swimmer, which she can qualify for while she is in DEP. So if she can get into that program (which is very physically demanding) then she will do that, but it is very competitive and she only has 6 months before she ships out to BC. She seems to be pretty neutral about the whole thing. I just keep telling myself that she will get some serious experiences that will help her grow while she is earning her GI Bill and no matter what happens she will be able to go to college and get a an education once her enlistment is up... if she chooses to get out.  I don't know... I am just worried about this undes thing.... feel like she was mislead by the job detailer at MEPS. I remain positive when talking to her... but I am seriously debating having a very direct discussion with her recruiter about getting her switched into one of the job areas that she was interested in... there were several, just none available on the date that she went to MEPS.  Should I engage or should I just stay out of this? It was her decision to join.... I guess it is her life to live.  I am just all twisted up about this thing!

Tracey (Kenzie's Dad)  

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Can you tell me how your daughter's experience turned out? I'm in the same situation with my son right now.

My son just recently went to boot camp undesignated also.  He was originally going to the Nuke program and 2 weeks before be left to boot camp they told him he could not do the program because he got a ticket while on DEP.  The ticket was dismissed, but my son was not supposed to get in any kind of trouble.  My son knew the consequences and owns it.   So, when they told him there was not another A school open, he chose to still go undesignated.  I did not find this out until my son left because he knew I would not let him go, so after I found out, I was completely terrified and had a horrible feeling in my stomach the whole time he was in boot camp. My son is a hard worker and a very smart kid, so I knew I had to trust him and his judgement.  He went to school for a few weeks and came home for 10 days.  Then I had to send him off to be the man I raised.  He has since been on a ship, visited different countries and met a ton of people.  The only thing that he complains about is the longer hours.  He doesn't mind the work at all.  He is learning a lot and is able to see the different positions that he will be able to strike for in his future. He already has a job in mind and says he can see himself retiring from the Navy.  I sleep at ease now.  I hope this will help you. Please remember this, most people write post because they want to vent or are mad and not many people write the good stuff.  I am not saying this is the best situation, but my son is making the best of his situation.  I wish your son the best and thank him for his service. 

Advise your son having more than one rating is good for a "lifer" because it gives the CO more options.


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