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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.

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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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Hello.  I'm the mom of an SR in this division.  Anyone on here have children in the same division?  This is my second experience with the military.  My son is a Marine.  My mom and I are planning our trip to Great Lakes and are just looking around on this site for helpful information and tips.  So far, we've found a ton of info!  You all are the best!  Anyway......thanks.

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Good Morning! Got a letter from my son yesterday. Hadn't heard from him since letter written Aug 5th. He is doing really good but has been super busy. He said his Div has earned 2 flags so far. The Athletic flag & a Star flag because they did good on their inspections. He is hoping they get 2 more on Monday Aug 27th. The Military & Scholastic flags.  And the div is also waiting to find out if they did good enough at the shooting range to earn a flag. He says the div is working alright as a team but not the best. In his words "Nobody can stay shut up for some reason". But other than that he says he cannot believe he is almost done boot camp. It has gone by very fast. He also got E-2 & thinks he earned the marksmanship ribbon. Also got a perfect score on all his inspections. No hits. I am so relieved.


Thanks for that! I had been wondering if div 295 had gotten any flags. My daughter writes but it's more of the emotional side of a "girl" and I don't get the "nitty gritty" news! She asks a lot of questions about what's going on here, but doesnt answer my questions about what's going on there! Lol!

It actually took him several entries & about 3 weeks to get all this info to me. He said he didn't have a whole lot of writing time & would just write a little then go to bed. I was quite impressed he gave me so much info. I was relying on other Moms comments to figure out how things were going for quite some time. It was so nice to hear details from him. I feel like I can finally take a breath now. 

My daughter in law reads me the letters she gets from my son. Mat is still doing very well. He just finished firearms training and took his pictures. He has a week of firefighting and then a week of battle stations coming up. He loves the food there. He also received (along with the other recruits) a medal and a ribbon for volunteering during war time.


I love N4Ms.

I have learned so much here about what my SN is going through. One of the things I learned is that my son is a SN not an SR because he went in as E3. Here is a link to show all the different rates, so that if your s/he has a stripe on their sleeve at PIR you will know what it means. They will be so proud and should be.

11 DAYS TO GO!!!!!!!!

That's interesting. My son also went in as an E3, so I guess he's also an SN.. I did read early on though that even though they're technically Seamen, during bootcamp, they're still referred to as SRs though. But I don't remember where I read that.

The thing with him going in as a SN vice a SR (1) he's getting paid more, (2) he'll be eligible to take the advancement exam a lot sooner.  That's good he went in as a SN.  Congrats to both of you!!!

Thanks Angie!

That is correct! They are Recruits until they pass BS21 and officially become Sailors. Then you may refer to them at their achieved rate...E-1, E-2 E-3.
The above link that lindagr41 provided will the different Enlisted rates as far as E1-E3.

I am so upset that I was so  late in joining this group.  My son is in  SHIP 12 DIV 295... looking for any information on BD dates.. I will take all the information you  have about  anything ! We have received letters but no call except the first one... thanks for listening.. I realize t-shirt orders or flags is probably to late...

Jhendo my daughter is ship 12/div 295. Ive gotten no calls eitber. I will try to send u a message with BS dates I have heard.


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