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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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**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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Comment by Kim8 on November 30, 2021 at 8:02pm

I have a question about a FPO address. My son took a pic of the FPO for his ship for when they deploy. In this address it says:

UNIT______(# is provided) BOX__(YOUR BOX # / DIV)____
FPO_____ (provided) ZIP CODE _____(provided)

I have all the info except for Box #. My son was not told a box # but was told to use "wardroom". Anyone have a similar situation? Do I put "wardroom" after BOX & then put his DIV? My son thought maybe put "wardroom" under the ship name but since he wasn't given a box # I wonder if it should go there? He's on a DDG if that helps any. 

Comment by Glenni on November 19, 2021 at 5:31pm

Just thought I'd update on the pre-commissioning loan. It is a lifesaver! My son was able to get $15k at 2.99% interest. Payments don't begin until 6 months after commissioning (3 weeks from today!!). It allowed him to buy a late model Ford Fusion that should last well into his Navy career! So for future moms of officers, this is a terrific option if your sailor needs it!!

Comment by Glenni on October 25, 2021 at 11:11pm

Did anybody's sailor take the pre-commissioning loan offered by USAA? What was that experience like? My son's car died this weekend....may it rest in peace. This summer he and his wife bought a 2015 Nissan Rogue to replace her dead Corolla. She is able to make the payments easily with her salary as a teacher. They were not planning on getting another vehicle until their first posting after flight school. But it looks like they don't have a choice. He definitely doesn't want a new vehicle, but after having 3 older used cars (including her corolla) die during his college years, he's ready to have something reliable.

Comment by Glenni on October 12, 2021 at 11:11pm

Thank you Helomom. Yes, he does have the option to make either 4 or 6 payments after he commissions. I appreciate the input!

Comment by Helomom on October 11, 2021 at 11:12pm

Glenni- Our son graduated in 1997, he bought the package and he was very pleased with it. I don’t even think the price has changed. He was moving to his first duty station almost immediately after graduation and needed everything ASAP. I believe he was given the option to make payments on it…but it was a long time ago. :-)

Comment by Glenni on October 11, 2021 at 10:32pm

For y'all whose sailors came through NROTC, did they get the ensign uniform package for about $1600? Was it worth it? 

Comment by M's mom on August 17, 2021 at 8:36pm

Helomom:   I can highly recommend Indiana University to your granddaughter!  Of course I'm slightly prejudiced, being a grad myself, although it has been, ahem, a "few" years!! 

I'm glad your family was able to visit the States.  Hopefully things are getting a little less stressful for your son.  I never really thought about it before, but, of course, a military base would generate tons of garbage, and would need some place local to haul it to.  If the locals aren't cooperative, that would be a nightmare!   Hopefully, the new year will be a better one all around, so he can start to enjoy Italy a little more, and I hope things are MUCH better by the time you head over for graduation.

Comment by Helomom on August 17, 2021 at 8:12pm

It has been a great summer! Our daughter-in-law, our granddaughter, and our grandson were able visit from Italy. The primary purpose of the visit was to narrow down our granddaughter’s list of colleges she will apply to. Success! UW, WWU, and UofO are at the top of the list…and maybe Michigan. Our grandson was able to spend some time with his cousins. They also worked in a week in SanDiego visiting friends. We had a lovely visit with our daughter-in-law! They are hoping we all get to visit them next year. We definitely plan to be there for her high school graduation. 

M's Mom, all Navy pilots start on fixed wing before they split off to type. He said it really isn’t that hard to adapt. He’s hoping to get more flight hours in this next year. They are up to their ears in COVID stuff still with ever changing regulations but he has been able to make headway with the Italian garbage union. Garbage was a huge issue at Support Site. He’s getting schools ready to open now, that’s a job. Tomorrow we are watching his live Town Meeting on the web. The fun never stops. 

Comment by Glenni on May 12, 2021 at 10:52pm

Helomom, I love the fact that your son is still flying! That's the kind of career my son hopes to have!

M's Mom, when we lived in Peru they had Ceviche mixto that had "pulpo" in it. Pulpo is spanish for octapus. It was cut up pretty small, but you it still had a very distinctive rubbery texture that was hard to get past for me.

Comment by M's mom on May 7, 2021 at 11:52pm


Wow, I didn't know your son flew fixed-wing planes as well as helos!  I've heard that flying helos is completely different than flying a fixed-wing, so he must be a talented pilot!  Hope he gets to fly more soon.  

Sounds like you've already seen many of the things I want to see in England.  I'm into history, so would love to tour some old fabulous castles, Stonehenge, Sutton Hoo, etc. My son will be stationed about 90 miles north of London, closer to Cambridge.

I've seen videos of the Scottish highlands, just lovely.  Lots of history in Scotland, too.  Not keen to eat haggis, though.--haha   My niece studied a semester abroad at St. Andrews in Scotland and loved it there. She had to have her mother send her some jars of peanut butter, because they didn't have it in Scotland.  Her Scottish friends thought it tasted awful, and must be an acquired taste!   I thought the same thing, the one and only time I tasted vegemite!!  

But that is one of the best things about international travel--trying the local foods!  We had some GREAT food in Japan, and enjoyed sampling as many things as we could.  I did draw the line though, at anything that looked like....tentacles.   I might have liked octopus, if it weren't so obvious that's what it was!   haha


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