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**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).  Still limited to 2 guests maximum.

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**UPDATE - 2020**

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Since your recruits are having countless test, so shall you...

Tell me the ones you missed.  Remember, you guys are just parents, spouse, or BF/GF (who knows, in today's Navy you can have both), it doesn't matter how many you miss, It's only for fun....

 

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~ The Test ~

Here is a 6 question test.....

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1. Seaman Stains has worked in the officer mess (the eating area) for 2 months and is almost done with his mess cranking duties. He tell his relief “the main person you need to worry about it the guy with the “Scrambled Eggs”.
Who is he talking about?

 

1. The Chief Culinary Specialists (CS) ie the Chief Cook, rank E7.

2. The 1st lieutenant division officer (in charge of the deck and galley crew), rank Lieutenant (O-3).

3. The Commanding Officer, rank Captain (O-6)
4. The Admiral, rank Vice Admiral (O-9)

 

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2. Suddenly Chief Petty Officer Jones comes in, walks over to John, and says, "I see you're back from liberty, Smith. Get into your work clothes, I've got a job for you." Smith protests that he has the day off, but Chief Jones smiles and says, "Relax, we'll make it up to you later. Besides, it's a really cushy detail. Meet me on the fantail in ten minutes. And bring your tool belt." As Chief Jones leaves, you hear John mutter, "Bohica."

What does "Bohica" stand for?

 

1. Bravo, our hour is come at last
2. Blind obedience, honest initiative, cheerful attitude
3. A Tagalog (Filipino) word for horse sh*t
4. Bend over, here it comes again

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3. When you get to the berthing area, the first thing you notice is how crowded it is. When you ask about this, John says: "Yeah, space is at a premium here; some the guys are actually hot-racking."
What is "hot-racking?"

 

1. Sharing a bunk with another Sailor
2. Sleeping in the engine room
3. Sleeping on the floor
4. Living ashore

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4. Since WWII, the Navy has lost only two nuclear powered submarines.

What were their names?

 

1. Darter and Sealion
2. Argonaut and Triton
3. Thresher and Scorpion
4. Growler and Seawolf

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5. Is this a current active duty U.S. Navy uniform?

Yes or No

 

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6. John goes to the galley for breakfast and asks for the SOS.

What is a SOS?

 

1. It’s a Spicy, Sausage Omelet.
2. It’s Creamed chipped beef on toast.
3. It’s a Navy joke. SOS is international distress signal. So when you order the SOS, you know you'll end up with runny eggs (any style), greasy bacon, and burnt hash browns.
4. It's a Navy term for “Same Old Sh*t”. Breakfast always is the same exact thing day in and day out.

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Here is the answers to this 6 question test.....

 

1. Seaman Stains has worked in the officer mess (the eating area) for 2 months and is almost done with his mess cranking duties. He tell his relief “the main person you need to worry about it the guy with the “Scrambled Eggs”.
Who is he talking about?

 

Answer: 3 The Commanding Officer, rank Captain (O-6), but it can also be 4. The Admiral, rank Vice Admiral (O-9).

The Scrambled Egg is the gold braid found on the cap brim of a senior officer. The picture below is for officers 01 thru O4 (note: no eggs)

 

 

Starting at grade Commander (O-5) and continuing for Captain (0-6) you receive one row of scrambled eggs.

 

When you reach the grade of Admiral (O-7), you have two rows of scrambled eggs. (a double plate)

 

 

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2. Suddenly Chief Petty Officer Jones comes in, walks over to John, and says, "I see you're back from liberty, Smith. Get into your work clothes, I've got a job for you." Smith protests that he has the day off, but Chief Jones smiles and says, "Relax, we'll make it up to you later. Besides, it's a really
cushy detail. Meet me on the fantail in ten minutes. And bring your tool belt." As Chief Jones
leaves, you hear John mutter, "Bohica."

What does "Bohica" stand for?

 

Answer: 4. Bend over, here it comes again
Sailors are quite adept at creating acronyms. A couple famous one states that NAVY stands for "Never Again Volunteer Yourself." , or MARINE standing for "My @ss Rides In Navy Equipment"

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3. When you get to the berthing area, the first thing you notice is how crowded it is. When you ask about this, John says: "Yeah, space is at a premium here; some the guys are actually hot-racking."
What is "hot-racking?"

 

Answer: 1. Sharing a bunk with another Sailor
Conditions on Navy submarines are pretty sparce. When there are more Sailors than racks (bunks), it is a common practice to have to share a bed. It is arranged so that the two people sharing it have different watch schedules so both can get some sleep at different times. They don't sleep in the same bed at the same time, well, that’s what they tell us surface Sailors. This practice is known as "hot-racking" because when you get into bed the mattress is still warm from the previous occupant.

 

Since Submarines are still all male (females coming really soon), most surface sailor think that 100 Sailors deploy on submarines, and 50 couples return. I can tell you for a fact that it's a False statement. They never had more than 38 couples come back up. They're always some fights and breakups. j/k

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4. Since WWII, the Navy has lost only two nuclear powered submarines.

What were their names?

 

Answer 3. Thresher and Scorpion

 

I truly think that as many missions that our submarine force does, and to lose only two since WWII is totally amazing. May the crew Rest-in-Peace.

C. Thresher and Scorpion

 

Thesher (SSN-593) had bad luck from the start. She was commissioned on August 3, 1961. On November 2, 1961 she suffered a failure of her diesel generator while in port and had to be evacuated. In 1962, she was struck by a tug boat while mooring at Cape Canaveral, Florida and suffered damage to her ballast tanks. On April 10, 1963 Thresher was conducting deep diving tests off the coast of Massachusetts. Operating at near her test depth of 1300 feet, she reported she was having "minor problems." She was never heard from again. She was found in 5500 feet of water, broken into six pieces. The most probable cause of her loss was determined to be a leak in a high-pressure water line, which shorted out her electrical system. 129 men, including seventeen civilian observers, lost their lives.

 

Scorpion (SSN-589) was commissioned on July 29, 1960. On May 16, 1968 she left Rota, Spain on her way back to her homeport of Norfolk, Virginia. When she did not return as scheduled on May 27, a search was launched, but it was not until October that her wreckage was located in 3000 feet of water 400 miles southwest of the Azores. No one knows what caused Scorpion to sink; there are many theories, including one that she was sunk by a Russian submarine. It is known that Scorpion was suffering from a number of engineering problems, and had undergone emergency repairs shortly before her last mission. Her crew of 99 officers and men perished with her.

 

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5. Is this a current active duty Navy uniform?

Yes, it for the Chief Petty Officer (E7) from the USS Constitution. USS CONSTITUTION is located in Boston and is the world's oldest commissioned warship afloat. The battle with Guerriere earned her the nickname of "Old Ironsides" USS Constitution is a wooden-hulled, three-masted heavy frigate of the United States Navy. Named by President George Washington after the Constitution of the United States of America.

To become a crew of the USS Constitution is extremely hard. In fact in 18 years I don't know anyone that has earn the priviledge of becoming her crew. The rules are very hard to qualify for and you are hand selected. What I tell alot of sailors on my website is to always look "outside the box" for orders. Most sailors only look for positions within their on rating. They need to look for the specials programs, ie White House Duty, PEP duty, USS Constitution...etc

 

The Commanding Officer:

 

The Lieutenant:

The Chief Petty Officer (CPO) Note: in the question section I had to paint over the name so as not to give it away

 

E6 and below:

E6 and below:

 

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6. John goes to the galley for breakfast and asks for the SOS.

What is a SOS?
Answer 2 It’s Creamed chipped beef on toast.
The term comes from the appearance of the food. The toast looks like shingles on the house, while the chipped beef looks like crap. So it's referred by Sailor as “Sh*t On a Shingle” or SOS. It is actually quite good. And as any Sailor will tell you, breakfast is the one meal that you know they will get right, they never screw it up. It is the best meal of the day for most of us.
Looking at the below picture, can you think of a better name for what this looks like?

 

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I only got one right!  But once again, I learned alot.

 

I loved this! I got a couple right...actually made SOS the other day!

The only one I got right was #5, SOS.  My mom made it when I was a kid!

 

Interesting about the uniforms on the USS Constitution.

 

Thanks again Craig!

4 correct. #6 was the easiest as I grew up with SOS being one of our meals at least once a week.  Passed that right along to my SR as well!  GUESS WHAT I AM MAKING AT THE HOTEL WHEN WE GO FOR PIR?  You got it! SOS. The name we use is Sh!t on Shingles though.  LOVE these Craig! thank you. 

5 correct. Stoufers SOS is good! Craig that looks like somebody ate it and put it back...just sayin'!

Thanks. I managed to get 2 right. This was fun fun fun

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