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Link to Navy Speak - Navy Terms & Acronyms: Navy Speak

All Hands Magazine's mini-documentary series "Making a Sailor": These six videos follow 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. 

Making a Sailor: Episode 1 - "Get on the Bus"

Making a Sailor: Episode 2 - "What did I get myself into?"

Making a Sailor: Episode 3 - "Processing Days"

Making a Sailor: Episode 4 - "Forming"

Boot Camp: Making a Sailor - Episode 5

Making a Sailor: Episode 6 - "I'm a U.S. Navy Sailor"

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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."

Please note! Changes to this guide happened in October 2017. There are now tickets issued, and there are no longer parking passes for PIR.

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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AHHHH.. too many places to choose to stay from. Trying to figure out a decent place to stay. So many reviews, some are good others not so. Any suggestions from anyone, who has been to PIR? Our PIR is 10/14/11.

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Many of my fellow NMs have stayed at the Navy Lodge and enjoyed it. 

But my husband and I stayed for 04/01 and 09/09 PIRs at Waukegans Residence Inn - Marriott.  It was clean and quiet, and Mon thru Fri they had a good hot breakfast with juice & coffee... and Mon-Fri evenings about 5:30pm, they had a free light dinner with beer, pop, coffee, etc !!  We had hamburgers one night... meatloaf another night.  Really saved on cost of food for us, since we wanted to splurge on dinners with our Sailors.  Internet was free there (I think NL charges). 

April stay was only $79 per night... but Sept 9th must have been summer prices, and think we paid $100 per night.  But that gave us large bed, sleeper sofa, and a kitchen with fridge, stove, microwave, etc. 

Hotel provided good directions and packet for navy families.  I would definitely stay there again.

Oh... most important thing:  We told them we were coming in for PIR, and they told us that we could cancel up to that MORNING! and not get charged.  wow... great thing to verify when one small thing can cause a delay in PIR date.


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