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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

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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 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.

Specific information on this policy change will be provided in the coming days and weeks.

We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience and appreciate your support.


RTC Graduation

**UPDATE 7/16/2021**




**UPDATE - 2020**

Due to COVID there is no public PIR. The graduations are on Thursday, and the video of the graduation is posted on RTC's FaceBook on Friday at approx 3pm. Please keep in mind that a division may need to complete additional quarantine during training which will delay their graduation.

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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This is the final test for your SRs.  It is a 12 hour overnight drill that tests them on all they have learned and may encounter when deployed on a ship.  It takes place on the USS Trayer, a Disney-created very realistic ship that allows them to be properly evaluated in all areas.  They start in the evening and conclude the following morning with the capping ceremony.  This is where they trade that "Recruit" cap for the "NAVY" cap, and they have now graduated and are sailors!  A very emotional time for your sailors after all of their hard work!  Later in the afternoon, you should receive that much anticipated "I'm a Sailor" phone call. These usually start around 2 pm GL(Central) time and can go for a good while. They can start earlier or later, so we recommend that you have that phone with you at all times!  This is one call you don't want to miss!  Some may not call because they had "watch" but should hopefully call the next day. Please ask your new sailor if all in the division passed and post that info for others to see in the event all don't receive the phone call. 

Teamwork is the name of the game.  They are divided into smaller groups and evaluated as a team member and individually.  This is what a Chief said about BattleStations:  150-300 SRs go through a night; out of those, 3-10 may fail and have to repeat BattleStations with another division.  Teamwork is the key.  If the SRs keep their mouths shut, listen and focus, and perform well as team members, they should pass.

They go through with their brother division.  Up to 4 divisions (2 sets of brother divisions) can go a night.  Sometimes only 2 divisions go (brother divisions) or 3 divisions (set of brother divisions and an 900 or 800 division).  They usually start on Thurs night, a week before PIR, but lately...some have been starting on Wed night. There are no BattleStations on Fri or Sat nights because of Captains Cup on Sat.  This is a fun athletic competition between all of the divisions in the PIR group.  It is always held the Sat before PIR.  They can resume BattleStations on Sun-Wed nights of PIR week.  They start with the lowest-numbered divisions, and work their way up. 900 and 800 divisions go randomly, unless there happen to be two 900 divisions or two 800 divisions in the same PIR group (rare).  In that case, they go as brother divisions.

SRs have to pass ALL TESTS before they are allowed to do BattleStations.  Although some of you could get a "scripted" call from your SRs saying that "I didn't pass my PFA, don't come to graduation, I won't be there," don't panic.  They will have up until Thurs before PIR to pass the PFA...then would go through BattleStations that night with the next PIR group.  They would then be at PIR, sailors in uniform, but in the balcony-- too tired to march after having been up all night.

The brother divisions for this group are:

185+186, 187+188, 189+190, 191+192



Please ask your SRs when their division's BattleStations are and post here and on the main board.  I will then get the schedule started for this group!  HOOYAH!



Tues, May 24th/Wed, May 25th      Div 187, 188 (with 183, 184 from PIR 5/26)

Wed, May25th/Thurs, May 26th      Div 185, 186, 189, 190

Mon, May 30th/Tues, May 31st       Div 812, 929

Tues, May 31st/Wed, Jun 1st         Div 191. 192

***5/26 is a Thurs PIR group...because of Memorial Day weekend coming up


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Are you sure? I thought it was changed to the 31st

We'll let you know if we (929) get that call today! I lit my candle just in case they did go Monday night. Keeping it burning through tomorrow!


I also received a letter from my husband, Div 812, saying that he was going to have battle stations Tuesday night, and call on Wednesday.
Thanks so much my SR is in 812 as well and I will be waiting all of Wednesday! HOO-YAH!

Congratulations to all the divisions who made it through battlestations and are sailors now! How exciting! :) Still waiting to hear from mine, but he's in the group going tonight--so not fretting over it. Burning candles a'plenty though!

Thanks to diannep for all the info and updates.So helpful!

FINALLY!! My son is a sailor. :) Such a great call to get!

Also passing on that not all of 191 and 192 passed, but they're getting another go at ti beore PIR.


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