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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

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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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I live north of Pittsburgh in Cranberry. But my son's are now Vets, so I don't know if I count.


Hi Lyn,

I live in Wexford, we are neighbors. And yes, you count. What is your experience with your children in the Navy?


Yes, I'm a Pittsburgh Mom. I live in Penn Hills.

Once we get through the holidays, we should all get together and share stories. Interested?


Absolutely. My son graduated Penn State last May. He was also in the NROTC program. He did get accepted for flying and is in Corpus Christi at this time.

That is exciting. How did he spend his summers?

First summer, he did a week flying, a week with the marine, a week on a ship and a week on a sub. Second summer, he did a month on a destroyer and the 3rd summer he spent a month at the airfield in San Diego.  What wonderful opportunities each summer.  This is how he definitely decided that he wanted to fly.  Does he know what he'll be doing this summer or is it too early?

According to my son, he will not find out in February and then the timing will be unknown until right before he leaves. Again, I am the mom and I am in the dark. One concern is we have our first wedding this coming summer. Our oldest daughter is getting married and they scheduled it late August in hopes that our son will be able to attend. All up in the air ----

"All up in the air"  No pun intended, right? LOL ;)


I live in kittanning. My son has been in for 6 yrs and just reenlisted in July. He is home now til jan 13. Then off to Australia he goes.
Is your son new to the navy or has he been in for awhile?


My son is in the NROTC program at Penn State. He is junior, just got the two year scholarship. (Whew!) He is hoping to fly, but will not know until he is commissioned. He is going on his first summer tour this coming summer. 


HI Jake's Mom......

I'm about an hour and 1/2 from The Burgh....but we go there a lot!!! ♥ the "BIG CITY" :D
I am planning something ABSOLUTELY CRAZY this year for my "little guy" for his birthday!
I have been promising him a trip to NYC forever.....he wants so bad to see the city, but my hubbie has NO INTEREST in going there!
We also PROMISED him a FAMILY vacation this year (as it's been over 8yrs since we were ALL together for a vacation, due to my sailor's deployments and family weddings, etc!
Anyway.....I started "surfing" for a NYC package, and came across a company that will let me "build my own" package.  So I started with a YANKEE game - (since he's a BIG Yankee fan).  Pulled up their schedule for 2014 games around his birthday in May.  LOW & BEHOLD...I got a DOUBLE SURPRISE!  NOT ONLY are they HOME the weekend of his birthday, but they are playing the PIRATES!! WHOA!!! (His other favorite team, who they only play once ever 4-5 yrs)!

So I am going to build around the game and a few of the things he wants to see in NY!!!

My only problem at this point is:  I KNOW NOTHING about NYC, so I don't know where to stay -or- STAY AWAY FROM!?!

Anyone able to help?????

Thanks gals! Hope all is well with you!



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