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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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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 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).  

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 8/25/2022 - MASK MANDATE IS LIFTED.  Vaccinations still 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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A little about me:
I live in upstate NY in the Adirondack Mountains, actually on one. I am a Navy Mom because of my youngest daughter. She leaves for boot camp October 26, 2011. I am proud and concerned at the same time.
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When I heard “Navy,” I...
Was proud and encouraged it
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They are proud, respectful caring people willing to give there best for their country and their loved ones.
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It was positive and maturing. Our relationship has grown stronger.

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At 10:52pm on November 14, 2011, Tobianne said…

Ok, first let me ask.... was she diagnosed with this prior to BC?  2nd, why did they send her to Seps? meaning was she having the bad headaches or jaw locking?  She can appeal, however, right now if it was a something she did not tell them about they are going to tell her "they" have the upper hand.

My daughter has TMD. From where? They seem to think it happened during BC while in RCU (nerves and stress), they told her over and over she would have to have surgery. Sadly, now a year and a half into this, they can not do surgery. She just had acupuncture before she left for deployment. She can only open her mouth to a finger maybe a bit more. She does not complain as she says it does not help. They have given her muscle relaxers, this helps somedays.

I would have her go and ask for an appeal, this she is entitled to. I was not aware of TMJ being a separable issue. I guess since they told my kiddo, you do not need a jaw that opens wide to fight for your country.

Keep me informed on what she has chosen, I know that when mine was in BC they really never said anything about separating her for that. I can try and look up whether it is a medical cause for seps. I find it odd that it only says Navy and Marines, I thought it was a across the board thing. humm, also realize, the 4 branches are so overmanned that they are being so picky now. If she really wants this she needs to stay and fight.

At 9:39pm on November 10, 2011, diannep said…

A lady named Tobianne sent you a friend request. Her daughter is a sailor and has TMJ.  She has some info for you.  I know that Angie's post was very discouraging on Ship 5.  But please communicate with Tobianne because she may be able to help you with this.

At 1:35pm on November 10, 2011, diannep said…

Please join the group:  Ship 5 (formerly 17) --it is for those who are being separated---on this site.  Just go to GROUPS tab up top and put that in the search box.  Lots of info on there for you.  I posted some other info on the PIR board for you.  I am so so sorry and hope there is a way she can stay in!

At 5:45pm on October 27, 2011, FireTeamLeaderWife aka FTLW said…

Hi. I am sorry to introduce myself this way. I am one of the "veteran" moms (my son PIR'd in May of this year) and last names of Sailors are not allowed on the site anywhere. You also should not post (even though you have not just an FYI) it if you have the same last name. This is in the Community Guidelines for N4M's and also follows OPSEC - OPerational SECurity. It's best not to use first names also. The RDC's read N4M's pages and can match up your recruit with you. Again OPSEC. Recruits are trying to "fly under the radar" in BC and any help we can provide helps!

 Keep the post with the pic but please go and change the title to, "My daughter" or "My recruit"

Thank you!

At 10:47pm on March 22, 2011, sron2s said…
My son fractured his hand the day before he was to leave for bootcamp. We are all very sick about it. He will have to wait 6months to reapply.  Our prayers to all the sons and daughters in the Navy and all military.  God Be With You All.
At 11:15pm on March 7, 2011, sron2s said…
My son leaves Tuesday 3/15/11
At 4:13pm on January 12, 2011, Navy for Moms Admin said…

Welcome to Navy For Moms!

You will find this site very helpful and full of members who are eager to answer your questions.  Browse around the site and check out the forums, groups, blogs, photos, videos, and even the other member profiles!  

If you haven’t already, please make sure that you review our Community Guidelines to learn the “Do’s and Don’ts” of the community. Also, check out this Internet OPSEC Safety Video.

Enjoy your time here! I look forward (along with the community) to reading more about you! :) 



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