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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. 

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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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List of email address, to contact if you have a request for cards/letters & ......

I thought that I would start this list because I'm willing to keep my email address available. So please let me know how I can help
Just PLEASE enter something in the subject line stating it is from N4M

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Lauren... unless you want lots of spam... put a space before and after the @ sign. Then people can access your address and keep your mailbox open!
add me to the list - Patti Friend
Hi MaryJo, I would be happy to send a card. Ann
This young man is a real gem! He was so thankful that he received so many cards and packages! You Navy Moms rock!
If you know of teachers in your area, request that their class write notes or send cards. I believe they can't be given a specific name, but if they gave them to you or someone else, then they can be forwarded to a sailor or sailors. The sailor then can respond back. My son received an envelope of cards and notes from a class while he was in Iraq. The notes and questions were so cute. It really made his day.

This would work even for our sailors who are not currently overseas. Just getting mail is so important to them. Hope this helps.
Did the same with my son (and notes from seniors at the center where we volunteer). Great way for the kids to learn patriatism and my son (and 2 of his buddies who had no family) were thrilled with the X-mas notes and ornaments made by the children.
By the way...this is a good thing for rehab centers or nursing care centers. Even if we provide the note cards. It allows them an opportunity to help someone and makes them feel like they are contributing during a period in their life when they feel they can't do much.
My email address is
I am willing to send stuff to the sailor. Can you give me a list of suggestions of what to send him.

Thank You,

Mary jo you note made me think of one of my son's friends. I met the young man when I went to visit my son in March. He was very polite and seemed like a nice kid. when I would call Brandon if he was around he would get on the phone and say hello too. I told him I wanted to meet his mother, I know I can't in person but maybe on the phone. He said he didn't talk to her so why would I. He said they weren't close and didn't have much of a realtionship. He has been adopted by our family. daughter even sent him some cards to take underway to open up. I have too. I tried to send him an email When my son told him I sent him an email he went to check the emails but his email address was a bit different so he didn't get it. He was bummed. Now I have the correct one and am sending him some. It is sad to think that there are sailors that don't get that support. Have always tried to help out the single sailors even when my hubby was active duty. thanks for thinking of that young man.
Denise-your comments made me cry. A young man I became close to through work is now at GL (week 2). He has had no contact with his mom since he was 5 or 6. His dad is often absent and has issues of his own. I have sort of adopted this boy and love him like my own. My daughter has written to him every night and I write a few times a week. I want to make sure he knows people back home love and support him. I know how much it has meant to Thomas-he sent me a very long e-mail back in March telling me that he knows I will always be there for him and that he has come to think of me as a mom. So, keep up the good work-you have a very big heart and I am sure your support means the world to this young man!!
I got a local Middle School that is willing to write letters. Does anyone know someone who would like to receive the letters? My son is currently in A-school, so he doesn't know anyone specifically in need of the letters. Please email me with the names or addresses to send them once the teachers give them to me. My email is: Many Thanks...
Hi Lauren,
I am sending you my email address.
I would love to help out.


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