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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."

Follow this link for OPSEC Guidelines:



**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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Montana Moms

Members: 45
Latest Activity: May 29, 2014

Discussion Forum


Started by mtdiane. Last reply by mtmomma May 18, 2011. 4 Replies

Nuke A School FAQ

Started by NF Mom. Last reply by NF Mom Feb 25, 2011. 1 Reply

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Comment by E'sMom on May 29, 2014 at 11:00am

Carol Aileen,

We will probably not go as we will be haying (hopefully)  We want to go down and visit in late Aug or Sept.  Its been a long time since I have been down to SC and my husband has never been there.

I did have an offer of a Mom who said that she would take pictures.  Will have to see how it all goes.

Comment by Carol Aileen on May 27, 2014 at 11:40pm

Hi E'sMom!  Are you going to get to go to Power School Graduation?  I highly recommend it if you can!   I did not go for A school, but another Mom took photos for me.   I am hoping to go to  Aaron's round 2 power school graduation.

Comment by E'sMom on May 27, 2014 at 11:05pm

Carol Aileen, That sounds like a wild time.  My son's PIR was 1/10/14.  He is in the Nuke pipline in A school right now.  It has not been as smooth as a mother would like but he is coming around.  When my sailor graduated we did not have much time with him.  Dinner and then to find the nearest B&N as he is a bookworm.  Some visiting and then he had to be back as he had to be on the bus at 3am to fly out at 8.  Made for a short time to see him but it was worth it!

Zacsfan - Corpsman is an excellent choice. Don't forget to write to your sailor.  Mail call is very important.  Just don't expect to get much for letters back as they don't have alot of time to write to you.   Where are you located?  I am in Central MT

Comment by Carol Aileen on May 23, 2014 at 11:44pm

Corpsman - that sounds like a good field to go into!   We did not know what Aaron's schedule would be after BC, so we just planned to stay the weekend and then we went took our youngest to DC for a few days and then to PA to visit family.   After PIR the first thing Aaron wanted was a hamburger, so we went and got one and then we went to the Mall... We had an adventure getting there and were up over 24 hours by that time ( Plane hit by lightning,  unable to land in Chicago due to storm,  landing in Indianapolis, plane too damaged to go to Chicago, renting a car at midnight and getting to Great lakes about 2 hours before needing to head to PIR.... whew didn't think we'd make it!!)    so  we didn't last long that first day... next day we went into Chicago ( take the train!!!)  and went to the Museum and aquarium..... lots to see and do!   My son went through the Nuke pipeline, first in South Carolina and then New York, He applied for the STA-21 program  ( enlisted to officer program) and is now just about finished with  college,  getting his degree in nuclear engineering with a minor in economics.   He will then head back to South Carolina and go back through the Nuke pipeline but this time on the officer side.  

Comment by zacsfan on May 23, 2014 at 11:21pm
He is going to be corpsman. Did your son leave great lakes after graduation? I think mine leaves the day after for Texas. What did you guys do with him while you had him?
Comment by Carol Aileen on May 21, 2014 at 3:03pm
Hi zacsfan! Welcome to the group! I'm in the Missoula area and my son had been in 5 years now. He has taken a slightly different route, he enlisted and then got selected for an officer program. He gets commissioned next month ! What will your son be doing in the Navy?
Comment by zacsfan on May 21, 2014 at 12:18am
Montana moms - just looking to connect with other moms from MT... my son left for boot camp a week ago.
Comment by Kim on December 13, 2013 at 10:34pm
Happy Holidays Montana Mom's! No one has been on for over a year! Hope you and your sailors have a safe and joyous holiday season!
Comment by Carol Aileen on October 19, 2012 at 2:34pm

oh nice Kati - how long is the training in Missouri?  Did you get to go to PIR? 

Comment by Kati on October 16, 2012 at 7:38am

Carol - My son in now on an Army base in Missouri!  He is training to be a SeaBee.  He has been there for a little over a week now.


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