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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)

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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. 

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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.


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Looking for new job!

Started this discussion. Last reply by B'sNukeMoM⚓️MMN(Vet) Jun 13, 2021. 6 Replies

My sailor was just dropped from the hospital corpsman training program for cheating on the final exam. Just a word to all, if your recruit/sailor is talking about cheating, let them know they can…Continue


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B'sNukeMoM⚓️MMN(Vet) replied to Brienne's discussion 'Looking for new job!'
"Brienne - Anti M has given you some very good info for your Sailor.  Hopefully he will be able to get one of the ratings offered."
Jun 13, 2021
Brienne replied to Brienne's discussion 'Looking for new job!'
"Thanks so much Chipmunk- I’ll head over to that subgroup!"
Jun 13, 2021
Brienne replied to Malidog's discussion 'Where do I start?'
"That’s incredible.  What happened to you son? Did you ever find out who he is supposed to talk with to straighten out this waste of some excellent sailors?"
Jun 12, 2021
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Looking for new job!

My sailor was just dropped from the hospital corpsman training program for cheating on the final exam. Just a word to all, if your recruit/sailor is talking about cheating, let them know they can even be tossed out of the navy, in addition to being dropped from a training program, for this.meanwhile, they’re looking for a new job- and they’re not being offered another school, but instead jobs with “on the job training”.  If you’re familiar with any of the choices they gave us, your input is…See More
Jun 12, 2021
B'sNukeMoM⚓️MMN(Vet) left a comment for Brienne
"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…"
May 21, 2021

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I'm a biology prof at UCD. I play banjo, and like dogs and horses.
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At 9:09am on October 5, 2022, Chipmunk said…


Hi, I saw you had posted the following comment on the Main room chat. Unfortunately, most people do not see that easily on either their computer or phone. Also, the mom who use to keep an eye on it a lot while working from home has now retired and doing G'ma duties, so she is not around to volunteer for that. The group discussions generally go to everyone's email feed and are more likely to see the messages. 

This was your question: 

"My sailor applied for leave for dates before Xmas. Her boss suggested that she instead shoot for dates including Xmas, because she has a lot of days off then anyway. But the boss also said not to apply yet- she would let her know when to apply. Anyone have experience with this?"

I do not know the exact answer, but these are my thoughts based on past experience and something my sailor gal mentioned to me yesterday. 

1) - If your sailor has a lot of leave time accumulated, then it is in her best interest to take the time off that will give her the most leave. Sometimes even her Chief or LPO is not going to be able to give her exact dates of ship movement (if she is shore duty they should know) until it comes down from chain of command, but they had an idea and will be able to guide the sailor. Sailors are only allowed to accumulate so much leave time before they loose it. Through COVID they were allowing more to be held on to, but I believe that extension is no longer in operation for future accumulated time. 

2) - I do not think you can put in a request for Holiday leave time until the holiday leave schedule has been posted. Then once it is posted they can apply for it. 

So, her boss is telling her it is best to plan to come home at Christmas time when there might be more leave time available, is how I understand what you asked. 

I hope this helps. 

Please come join the conversations in the Beyond BC group. If you are not receiving email notifications of our comments you might have accidently turned them off either on the group page or on your email feed. 

At 10:51am on June 13, 2021, Chipmunk said…

Brienne - Welcome to the Beyond BC group. Feel free to ask your question about your sailor's situation there. Or I can also see about directing the group members to your post. Most of them are fairly new to the Navy, but there are a couple of others who might have some answers. It has been a quiet few days on this site and some of even the ones that I rely on for information are dealing with life on the home front. 

At 10:43am on May 21, 2021, 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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