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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."

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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.

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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Does anyone have good ideas for graduation gifts.  What can they have or what would he need in A school that would be a great gift.  My mom is asking me and I have no ideas!  My son is going to nuke school.  Is there something he will need for that?

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My son is also going to Charleston SC for Nuke school and was bummed when he told us we will only get to see him on Friday.


You should be able to go to O'Hare to sit with him.  Especially if your flight leaves that day, too.

The coin web site is great. Just purchased one for my SR.  It takes about a week to be shipped..  great prices... Thankyou for the info..

Thank you so much for the link for the suggestions! I thought they were great ideas! :)

I'm looking at the rate coins, did anyone get theirs engraved? If so, what did you get engraved on it?

I only engraved one that I got him that was for my dad. I ordered one that was what he was when he was in the Navy and engraved it with his name and ship on the back. It looked really good. I considered buying another one knowing that he is going to be an ET now, but I didnt. i was thinking about putting his name, and PIR date. Not sure yet.

I bought the one for his ship the USS Chicago. I just had his name engraved with the PIR date.  This would be a souvenior for his time at basic training.  I also got the one for the Recruit Training command.  That one is pretty cool with the anchor, etc.

Does anyone know if we could keep trying to get the CAC reader from the website and then ship it to our SR @ A school?

Sounds like it is something worth having.  Any ideas?

i just ordered one...I havent been told that they are out of stock. the website listed here is not the only one that carries them, I am just not sure about them so thats why i ordered from here. There is a "ship to box" when you order though.


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