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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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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."

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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).  


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**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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Andrea's Friends

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Andrea's Discussions


Started this discussion. Last reply by Chipmunk Sep 20, 2022. 12 Replies

Hello this is my first post. Thank you for accepting me. My son is in Coronado waiting for his transfer assignment since he will be leaving Buds.  All of a sudden his card for meals has been…Continue


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Andrea replied to Andrea's discussion 'Meals'
"Thank you for asking.  No change but when he loges there should not be reason his card does not work properly. I have seen some recent posts.  Again thank you for thinking of my son. "
Sep 20, 2022
Cassy0110 replied to Andrea's discussion 'Meals'
"It's not fair, they have to activate his card"
Sep 19, 2022
Andrea replied to Andrea's discussion 'Meals'
"Thank you.  It is really strange what they have told my son. He is going to see what happens tomorrow when he should receive his paycheck deposit. I assume they do not stop paying because he is in a holding stage.  If he needs to go ask…"
Aug 31, 2022
belovedbyHim replied to Andrea's discussion 'Meals'
"Yes... Have him ask for the ACTUAL Receipts.  (As Chipmunk said... It is the government after all) Ban statements may not be sufficient. For example they show that he bought something at The NEX but not what was bought. (They don't pay for…"
Aug 24, 2022
Andrea replied to Andrea's discussion 'Meals'
"Thank you. I appreciate the reply.  "
Aug 24, 2022
Andrea replied to Andrea's discussion 'Meals'
"Thank you!  I appreciate the reply.  I guess I am trying to figure out why his meals are not paid for at this time. He is still active and gets a paycheck.  He will have his bank statements to show his transactions. "
Aug 24, 2022
belovedbyHim replied to Andrea's discussion 'Meals'
"Yes, Sometimes one side is quicker than the other.  He should get all this paid back but it may take a bit.  He needs to eat.  He should have funds of his own available  and he needs to keep track of all meals he pays for that…"
Aug 24, 2022
Andrea posted a discussion


Hello this is my first post. Thank you for accepting me. My son is in Coronado waiting for his transfer assignment since he will be leaving Buds.  All of a sudden his card for meals has been declined. Yes he has asked twice and had been told he is on a better situation than others regarding his card. Since he is between assignments does he not get his meals paid for?  He has been there a under 2 months and this happened last week for the first time. Will it activate again when he gets to his…See More
Aug 23, 2022
B'sNukeMoM⚓️MMN(Vet) left a comment for Andrea
"Welcome to!    Head to “Settings” on the main page right away to add a profile image (no last names visible, please) and complete your Profile. Then - and this is important! - read these Community…"
Aug 23, 2022

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At 10:24am on August 31, 2022, Chipmunk said…

Okay, that is what I was seeing on the group page as far as where his A school would be located at. Be sure to post on that group page, even if there has not been activity for a while. Also be sure to do the friend request that I recommended. 

At 2:14pm on August 30, 2022, Chipmunk said…

Hi Andrea, I am not sure about that group for his base, I would have to do some digging later. Feel free to ask in the Beyond BC group if anyone has a sailor there or not. 

I am well, it has been a busy couple of days and trying to prepare for this upcoming long weekend. 

At 9:53am on August 24, 2022, Chipmunk said…

Andrea, welcome to the Beyond BC group. I posted a hello to you in our comment Wall area. Be sure to read my Welcome Information, scroll past the discussions ( I try to limit on this group to just a place to keep perpetual information updated), and underneath the discussions you will see the Comment Wall. That is where we do our daily postings. 

I am also sending you a friend request. If you accept it would you please reply to this comment and let me know. This site only notifies us when someone sends us a friend request. It does not tell us if someone has accepted it or not. 

You might also find this discussion that I posted in the BC Mom group helpful as you learn to navigate around this site. - How to send PMs (Private Messages) to friends on N4M & some OPSEC/PERSEC info - Navy For Moms (

At 10:51pm on August 23, 2022, Chipmunk said…

Andrea - Since your sailor is already out of BC, then I would like to invite you to join the Beyond BC - Navy For Moms ( - Beyond BC group. This group has a wider variety of members with sailors in various areas and you could ask your question there. 

At 7:36pm on August 23, 2022, B'sNukeMoM⚓️MMN(Vet) said…

Welcome to!   

Head to “Settings” on the main page right away to add a profile image (no last names visible, please) and complete your Profile. Then - and this is important! - read these Community Guidelines and this Operations Security (OPSEC) Checklist, for the safety and privacy of all our Sailors.

Then jump right in!  Browse around the site and check out the groups and the information in their Discussion Forums.

Join this group for boot camp moms, where you'll also find a group for your Pass in Review (graduation) date; and this one for PIR Reference Information.  

Get a head start during boot camp by joining groups for, and learning about, your Sailor's occupational specialty and "A" School; and later your Sailor's duty station and/or Navy ship and homeport. You can also join groups for your own state, region or home town and interests from getting ready for deployment to care package ideas!

Please say Hi when you join a group, and feel free to ask any and all questions - everyone was new once, and there is no "dumb" question.  This site was created by the U.S. Navy just for you, and we look forward to getting to know you and your Sailor.  Welcome to the NAVY family - we're so glad you're here!!

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