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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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My son left 1/8 from Hickory, NC. When I received his clothes that was hard. His letter was even harder but a relief also to know that he was doing ok and that he said it wasn't that bad. He said that is was just cold. I was glad to write to him. I look forward to hearing from him. I check the mail everyday with hopes of a letter from him. Looking forward to seeing him soon.  : )

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Our son left on 1/9 from Florida!  We received the packet with a short letter last week, but still no phone call or another letter yet! I need to hear his voice lol!

Hi my son is in this same divisioin. He said his bunk mate from NC long shot but you never know they be bunk mates.  We are from Washington state. My son so far said that it is going well.  I am really looking forward to seeing him on 3/2. Are you making it to graduation?  So far for communication we have had the I made it safe call, an unexpected call last Wednessday, the form letter and now another letter yesterday.  Have you had about the same? I was surprised to hear that they started with 80 and are down to 71 in thier division.  My son left 1/5/11 and was there for 4 days just waiting for other SR to arrive,.




I would like to "close" or delete this discussion as it is less active of the is better to only have one discussion per division. Will that be all right Collette? I can copy all of the posts over to the other group.

If you haven't checked out the new encouragement questionnaire in the discussions be sure and check it out. It is funny and has a great paragraph of encouragement for battle stations. This is the one I made for my daughter, you may have to tweak it a little since my Sailor is a girl. I hope you all like it :-)


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