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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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**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.


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USS Barry

Site for Families with Sailors on the USS Barry

Members: 35
Latest Activity: Nov 25, 2017

Do you have a Sailor on the USS Barry?

My son just met up with the Barry a couple of days ago. I haven't seen anyone else say whether or not their Sailor was on the Barry, so upon the advise a good N4M friend, I decided to start a group! Hope there's more Mom's out there that their Sailors call the Barry 'home'.

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Comment by HuffyMom23 on May 17, 2014 at 10:20pm

There doesn't seem to be much discussion on this group.  Does anyone have a son that has a motorcycle out with them in Norfolk?   

Comment by HuffyMom23 on January 23, 2014 at 8:08pm

My son is actually buying his cousins motorcycle from him once he has enough money.  I am like most mothers freaking about him wanting a motorcycle, but he is an adult and that will be his decision.  The kids who he is friends with from his classes in the Great Lakes are all on the base.  I am hoping he will meet someone on the barge soon enough to do things with.  He has only been there for a week so I am sure in time it will be just fine for him.  Thank you ladies for all your encouraging words and advise.

Comment by Cathy D on January 23, 2014 at 8:00pm
My son arrived in Norfolk after his first tour in November. He was having a hard time finding honest salesmen at car dealerships so my husband bought him a used truck and drove it to Norfolk from Chicago. He also found living arrangements after getting to know some of the other sailors. Everything will work out. Tell your sons not to get discouraged and ask around for help from sailors who have been there longer. Good luck and god bless you and your families and especially those who are serving our country.
Comment by HuffyMom23 on January 18, 2014 at 2:05pm

No problem Marcia.  My son arrived in Norfolk on Thursday.  He was so excited to get out there.  The Great Lakes is really cold right now and he was so over that. lol  He is living on the barge.  He unpacked and my brother who is retired navy came and picked him up for the weekend.  Because of my brothers job, he has access to the base so that worked out perfectly.  He was stationed out there years ago so he can show his nephew around.  They are bonding this weekend because they haven't seen each other for many years. 

Comment by JanetAZ on January 4, 2014 at 11:08am

My stepson lived on the ship when he got there last summer.  There isn't much space but he said it wasn't that bad.  He finally got base apartment after they got back from deployment and he is about to buy a car with all the money he saved while living on the ship and being deployed.  Once your son gets there, he'll see what options there are.  

Comment by HuffyMom23 on January 4, 2014 at 12:09am

Marcia - does your son have a vehicle to drive?  I am assuming these houses they rent are off base.  My son will not have a vehicle.

Comment by tatmom4rc(Ship12, Div. 204) on January 2, 2014 at 7:31pm

My son has not found any housing arrangements.  There are limitations to base housing and it is dependent on the ships coming and going.  Also, many of them are staying on barges that have rooms, but this arrangement isn't very optimal.  Maybe I have misunderstood but there also needs to be approval by someone in the Navy before they can move off ship.  My son has been there over a month from his deployment and he says that it will be some time before apartments open up to rent.

Comment by HuffyMom23 on January 2, 2014 at 1:10pm

Hi!  I am new to this group.  My son is still training in the GL, but will be heading out to the east coast probably by the end of January.  He is so excited to get out there, and will be on this ship.  He has heard that the barracks are usually pretty full out in Norfolk, so I think he suspects he will be living on the ship.  Does this sound typical when sailors first get out to Norfolk? 

Comment by tatmom4rc(Ship12, Div. 204) on November 26, 2013 at 11:07pm

My son joined the Barry when it was in the Mediterranean and came back with it just recently.  So this is my first posting to this site.  He was promoted to today to E4.  He is loving the work and can't wait to go back out with the ship.  I've read the story about the last deployment and it's extensions. By the newspaper story the sailors got to see a lot of the world.

Comment by mumu4us on November 5, 2013 at 7:51pm

God Bless the USS Barry for their safe return. I am so proud and excited to see all of the crew members especially my son. Just a proud Mom giving a big shout out!!!!


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