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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.

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."

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 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).  


RTC Graduation

**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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I have 3 sons my middle son wants to join the Navy like his grandfather did back in world war II. He has wanted to be a navy seal ever since he was young. I am pround of him for wanting to do this.
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Posted on September 10, 2012 at 10:55am 0 Comments

Well my son is now a sailor. BS was last week and of course he made it through, which I knew he would. Gradutation is this Friday Sept 14, it has gone so fast. Eight weeks ago I was thinking it was so far away how will I get through but thanks to navy4moms and the PIR group on FB has helped a bunch thanks again. To all the new sailors best of luck.


Posted on July 20, 2012 at 8:53am 2 Comments

I got my son address from the recuiter, yeah now I can send my letters, I've been writing all along lol.


On his way.

Posted on July 17, 2012 at 8:08pm 2 Comments

Well final, my son Alec should be in Great Lakes. His plane left Albany, NY around 2;30pm 7/17/2010. I'm just waiting for the call of his arrivally I know it may be a little bit before I hear from him. I miss him.



Posted on November 2, 2011 at 10:30am 3 Comments

My son made it through the MEPS process and sworn in. He chose the job as a missle tech. I am very proud of him. He leaves for boot camp July 2012 because he wanted to spend his 21st birthday here at home with his family and friends. I love my son dearly.

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At 10:35pm on June 20, 2013, Sue-Pillowcase lady said…

please pm me your personal email address.

At 10:22pm on June 7, 2013, Sue-Pillowcase lady said…

Hi Christin,

Welcome to Heads at Ease!  We are glad to have you join us!

At 1:41pm on July 24, 2012, MamaLamaDingDong: AO/Pensacola said…

Christina! Good to hear from someone else in Ship 14 DIV 290! I'm anxiously awaiting the form letter so that we can find out our PIR date. Apparently we're on the cusp so could be the 7th could be the 14th. Guess we'll know soon! 

At 10:44am on July 18, 2012, IndyMom said…

Christina, did he have a phone card?  I don't know that he needed one for that call but he might have.  I have heard of this happening before for a lot of varied reasons. I would call his recruiter or RTC site and talk to public affairs.  The word on this site is no news is good news so I wouldn't worry at this is just so hard when this happens.  You should get his box in a few days.  If you have anyother questions please feel free to ask.  My son just graduated 7/13.

At 12:26am on July 10, 2012, IndyMom said…

What to do before they go.  Do get on the site and go through all available information.  If he/she has any past medical issues make sure you have up to date comprehensive records.  Take her/him to the dentist if you have insurance-if he/she needs wisdom teeth removed it would be wise to have it done before he/she leaves.  Make sure he/she is in top physical shape: he/she must be able to swim, run 1.5 miles in less than 12 minutes, do situps and pushups.  My son used Insanity and P90X workouts and worked out with a trainer for a month. navy seals SR's do a little more.  Get into a good sleep schedule that involves waking up at 6:00 am.  If he/she has access they should also get some weapons training in using a pistol and rifle. Also, learn as much about Navy as you can.  Chain of command, rules, different types of ships, etc,  Doing this will give him/her a big edge over the other candidates. Go to the swearing in ceremony if you can. When he/she leaves they need a few phone cards that are ready to use (activated), stamps, some cash, license, passport, social security info, bank account info.  Let him/her know that no matter how tough he/she is those first two weeks are life altering.  All kids and parents report that there SR just wanted to quit!  The first letter will be tough.  Besides the arrival call the next call is usually the fourth week, but carry your phone with you at all times-he/she will be more positive with this call.  Then things just keep getting better.  Start writing him/her the day they leave and number the letters-these are there life lines. Scan pictures and joke, fb pages, etc and then write letters on the other side.  There are a number of bc questionnaires that are fun to include as well. Good luck on this wonderful journey.


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