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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 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.

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Rota Spain

loved ones are in Rota Spain

Members: 54
Latest Activity: Sep 6, 2022

Discussion Forum

Visiting with my son in Rota?

Started by Marie. Last reply by LisaAnn Nov 14, 2019. 6 Replies

My son, a Seabee, is deployed to Rota and will be there for 6 months.  I am planning a trip to see him in April.  Does anyone know if I would be allowed on base?   I understand there is a Navy Lodge…Continue

Regular Mail

Started by Bobbi H. Last reply by Navy Mom Deanna Aug 2, 2016. 5 Replies

HELP....trying to find out if anyone has sent regular letters or cards to their Sailor.  I've sent a bunch of boxes with no issues, but since his 21st birthday is coming real soon, several people…Continue

Cell phones

Started by Leach73. Last reply by NavyMom2014 Apr 26, 2016. 21 Replies

Hello to all.I see there isn't much activity in the group but I still wanted to post this and hopefully I will get some feedback.My sailor will be going to Spain next year.I read some of the comments…Continue

Getting acclimated to Rota Spain

Started by Bensmom Mar 5, 2015. 0 Replies

My son, who is a diver, has been in Rota Spain for three months. He had quite a time acclimating to the different culture, time change and getting set up, as he will be there for two years. He is…Continue

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Comment by Carney FRG on September 17, 2019 at 12:59pm

CALLING ALL USS CARNEY OR ROTA, SPAIN CONNECTIONS! The USS Carney FRG is so excited to share three original designs on a variety of high quality shirts - these are cool and comfy! Place your orders by September 29, 2019 and have a shirt sent directly to your mailbox.

Comment by ProudMama2 on March 2, 2019 at 11:23am

My son will be joining the USS Ross in Rota, Spain in April. 

Comment by cjtizzy55 on June 15, 2017 at 8:01am

Wishing my son a safe, healthy, adventurous life as he begins his new journey!  He just arrived in Rota to meet his ship, and texted me right away to let us know what a beautiful place this is!  His ship's home port is Rota.  Good luck Sailor!


Comment by cjtizzy55 on June 6, 2017 at 3:15pm

So glad I joined this page!  He is very excited to start this part of his life, and so very thankful that he got what he wished for on his "wish list".  He is literally following in his father's and grandfather's footsteps.  Both were stationed in this area.  Vietnam and WWII.   He'll see and do soooo much more than I ever will.  All while doing something he believes in.  Not a bad way to start!

Comment by Bobbi H on June 6, 2017 at 1:42pm

NavyMom2014 is right.  The 7 hour time difference is awful! (I am on central time)  Also have to watch during time changes.  There's changes, but not at the same time as in the states.  

Comment by NavyMom2014 on June 6, 2017 at 12:57pm

Also, the ship was out on patrol when he got there.  Once the ship came back in, he had to live on the ship until he passed his qualifications then he got to move into the barracks.  From what I understand, it sounds like a dorm for the most part In his barracks, they can put things on the walls as long as they don't put holes in the walls. .

All he took with him were his uniforms (duh) and few civilian clothes and personal items.  Everything else, he has bought over there.  He hasn't bought too much though, I don't think, with the exception of the xbox. 

To ship stuff to him (care packages and such), flat rate boxes from the post office are the best way to go.

I think that's it.  Good luck Mama!

Comment by NavyMom2014 on June 6, 2017 at 12:50pm

Our son has been there since November 2015.  He is a GM on the Cook and absolutely loves Rota!  We use either WhatsApp, or Facebook to call and love to video with him over Skype.  He is on T-Mobile, but I'm not sure how his coverage is over there.

The time difference is something to get used to.  By the time I settle down at night and would really like to talk to him, he is in bed.  On the flip side, I get a lot of time to talk to him by myself because the kids are usually at school and hubby is at work when he calls. 

Advice would be, let him enjoy being there and taking in the world.  Our son has been to so many countries in the two patrols they have been on since he reported there.  He was just on his first actual leave and went to Portugal for a few days.  Needless to say, I am very envious of our boys' travels. 

Comment by cjtizzy55 on June 6, 2017 at 12:41pm

Thank you Bobbi H

Comment by Bobbi H on June 6, 2017 at 12:38pm
Cjtizzy55, we researched all the carriers. Found t-mobile to be the best for there. It's about $60 a month with taxes. Unlimited internet. Calling is expensive. We use WhatsApp and FaceTime.
Comment by cjtizzy55 on June 6, 2017 at 12:30pm

Thank you Bobbi H.  He is S-Pact so, I am assuming he will be on his ship.  Sorting out cell phone communication...any heads up on that?


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