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Join groups!  Browse for groups for your PIR date, your sailor's occupational specialty, "A" school, assigned ship, homeport city, your own city or state, and a myriad of other interests. Jump in and introduce yourself!  Start making friends that can last a lifetime.

Link to Navy Speak - Navy Terms & Acronyms: Navy Speak

All Hands Magazine's mini-documentary series "Making a Sailor": These six videos follow 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. 

Making a Sailor: Episode 1 - "Get on the Bus"

Making a Sailor: Episode 2 - "What did I get myself into?"

Making a Sailor: Episode 3 - "Processing Days"

Making a Sailor: Episode 4 - "Forming"

Boot Camp: Making a Sailor - Episode 5

Making a Sailor: Episode 6 - "I'm a U.S. Navy Sailor"

...and visit - America's Navy and 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. 

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."

Please note! Changes to this guide happened in October 2017. There are now tickets issued, and there are no longer parking passes for PIR.

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Seamen Recruits are here getting medical treatment for minor injuries. FIT DIV is also in this area. 

Location: RTC Chicago, IL
Members: 189
Latest Activity: on Sunday

It's hard not knowing! That is the purpose for this group. Most likely if you are here your SR has had trouble keeping up or not passed a PFA due to some sort of minor medical issue. Often it stress fractures bringing SR's here. Know this when you don’t get a call that is a very good thing. Calling them is not a good thing and it can negatively impact your SR to have his or her “Mommy“ calling!  They are harder on them in this DIV than any other. They want them up and out. The best thing you can do is sends tons of mail. Send scripture and motivational mail. I know my SR said reading the Bible was considered a sign of weakness here. When you get a tearful call motivate. Stay positive and encourage you SR. This is a small detour to greatness and getting the I'm a Sailor call!  Recruit family and friends…“Navy mom friends are the best“…to send your SR mail as well.  NMH for you all!!

Discussion Forum

Vision Waiver

Started by Proudmomofsailor79. Last reply by jvjnavysister Nov 20. 1 Reply

My son was just transferred to Ship 4 as he didn’t pass his vision exam on intake. He did require a vision waiver when he went through MEPS. They are now requesting another waiver. Does anyone have…Continue

+ flu

Started by amb0821. Last reply by Sarah's Human Oct 17. 1 Reply

My son contacted me Tuesday to say he was sent to RCU for the flu and his graduation date is now pushed back.  a few questions:1.  Do they always return to a group or division on a set day, I mean..…Continue

Broken Pinky Finger

Started by Liz. Last reply by B'sNukeMoM⚓️MMN Oct 3. 3 Replies

We got a call Tuesday 9/17 from our son that he was being set back 2-4 weeks because of a broken pinky finger that had happened 10 days prior. He was beginning week 4. We are beyond worried because…Continue

Scripted call from SR - Don't Come to Graduation - I'm sick

Started by Tiffany. Last reply by AmyLynn Aug 23. 9 Replies

Last night I received a call from my SR that I wasn’t looking forward to and need some serious advice and encouragement. The call was pretty scripted started out with him stating his name and not to…Continue

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Comment by B'sNukeMoM⚓️MMN on July 23, 2019 at 7:13pm

AmyLynnn - rest and meds is the best thing for your son right now.  He needs to get healthy!  Remind him that this is just a minor setback - no big deal.  He'll get through this and be stronger because of it.  He's got this!

Comment by AmyLynn on July 23, 2019 at 6:29pm
Update: My SR has pneumonia and is on dr orders approximately 20 day rest, and meds. Then join a new divison and finish. Prayers please he is so sad.
Comment by SuzyPWarrior on June 22, 2019 at 7:59pm

@2BoysMom: So heartbreaking to hear your sad news. I sent you a private message. Blessings and prayers....

Comment by Sarah's Human on June 20, 2019 at 9:51am
That’s fantastic RALVA! And I’m thrilled that RCU appears to be run by better staff than when my son was there. Every Sunday calls would’ve been soooooooooo nice.
Comment by RALVDA2019 on June 20, 2019 at 9:48am

Hi all, just wanted to update. My son gets rechecked on the 27th and if all looks good, he will return to a division and get back on track in BC. He will call me every Sunday he says and that they generally give him an hour each call!!! I hope that is correct but even 15 mins  or 5 mins with him is a blessing. He was so cute because he wrote my mom, his grandmother, and asked her to keep an eye on me and asked how truly I was doing. He is always thinking about others. So if all goes well, possibly an early August grad date. I will keep you posted. Thanks for reading!

Comment by Sarah's Human on June 16, 2019 at 6:26pm
@SuziP and RALVDA: I’m thrilled that RCU is being managed by good staff now!! My son was there five months and never got to read a single novel. He’ll be stunned at that news.

When we got our son’s first call home it was like I could finally breathe after weeks of holding it. So glad you both have that relief too.

RALVA: my boy said his boots never looked as good as when he was in RCU. ;-)

Hang in there! Hope lots more good news is coming very soon.
Comment by SuzyPWarrior on June 16, 2019 at 6:20pm

@RALVDA2019--I also got a call today--Hooray!! I'm so glad to hear your son is doing well and not to worry. My son also sounded very good and positive, not stressed out, not being pressured to separate out, etc. He said they even let him read novels of a military nature like "Hunt For Red October" and "American Sniper" and Tom Clancy novels. I have been praying for the RCU unit and all those in recovery too. I'm so glad they have helpful, smart people in charge! My SR goes in to see the doctor tomorrow and hopefully they will speed him on his way toward physical therapy and get him back on track for graduation! Prayers continuing for your son, RALVDA2019, that he will have a speedy recovery as well! My son still keeps in touch with his former ship mates (he sees them during chapel) and says they are starting battlestations this week. I'm so pleased to see he's making the effort to still follow their progress. I am also feeling lighter-of-heart after hearing his voice!

Comment by RALVDA2019 on June 16, 2019 at 5:43pm
Hi all, so I have an update. My son did call us today even though it was his 4th week and not 3rd or 5th week so I feel very gracious and lucky. He is doing very well and told me not to worry. That everyone in his unit are all so extremely helpful and smart and that his superiors are very nice to him and have not induced mental warfare on him. He said they have been very encouraging and he has received a lot of strength through them and other recruits. He also said it gives them a lot of time to study and polish his boots. Hahaha
So I am one happy parent.
Comment by B'sNukeMoM⚓️MMN on June 14, 2019 at 4:22pm

If they are given a new PIR you should be able to attend.  Depending on how long they are in RCU they could be sent directly to their A school with no PIR. 

You won't know this until they have recovered.

Comment by SuzyPWarrior on June 14, 2019 at 3:34pm

So does anyone know if we would be allowed to come out for their new PIR, assuming my SR gets a new graduation date? Someone said he wouldn't be allowed to March with his new group, and said not to bother going to graduation. Does anyone have experience with their SR getting reassigned and getting graduation clearance passes after a setback?


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