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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."

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).  


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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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Dana (David's Mom)
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I'm married mother of three boys. 28, 26, 23 David being my middle child. We live in northern California (Chico) where my husband is retired and I work at a sewing factory making Christmas "stuff" for Woof 'n Poof.
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Was proud and encouraged it
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It was positive and maturing. Our relationship has grown stronger.

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At 9:38pm on June 6, 2013, smeesmom said…
Box is in the mail along with a copy of the directions and some extra tags in case you haven't printed that stuff out yet. I was confused also when I wrote to you about theo ship #. I didn't realize DMcKee and Dana were both you.
At 1:28pm on June 6, 2013, smeesmom said…

I bought some fabric this morning and hope to get it mailed this afternoon.  I'm finishing up one without a border and it's taken me hours.  Now I have to attack two that I sewed but want to attempt borders.  Since you're experienced, you'll probably be able to do these without all the challenges they've been to me.  (But they'll definitely be made with love, and perseverance.)

While I'm typing, I see your pix going by.  Is the snow in your area of California?  What does your son do one the ship?

At 8:42am on June 5, 2013, smeesmom said…
Dana, I would love to send some fabric to you. I haven't sewed nice high school and thought " how hard can pillow cases be?" It's taken me several hours just to cut out the shapes and I haven't even turned the sewing machine on. I'm thinking my machine doesn't zigzag and I'll have to use some seam tape. Trying it out is on today's to-do list. I'm not clear as to how much fabric to buy so I bought 11/2 yards to allow for shrinkage. It seems to be plenty. What is your address? Kathy
At 12:22am on June 3, 2013, smeesmom said…
Sorry, I guess I asked the wrong person. I'm confused since I thought the b-day list was for the Nimitz. Then the address came up with a different ship #. The five-digit zip was the same as Nimitz but the plus four was different. I guess I'll wait and see if McKee updates it. I think the name came from her.
At 10:14pm on June 2, 2013, smeesmom said…
Am adding the new name to my list and see that he's CVN69 with a zip code suffix of 2821. Is this correct?
At 11:26am on June 2, 2013, Sue-Pillowcase lady said…

Hi Dana,

Welcome to Heads at Ease!  We are happy that you have joined us!  As you know, we are currently sending pcs to the Nimitz.

You have a handsome sailor!   I also have a 28 year old son.   He is now a Navy vet are serving for 5 years.

Please pm me your personal email address.  I have a fabric deal for you.

At 9:55pm on April 15, 2013, doreen53 said…
Wow tough for me to type on my iPhone .. My point being it was Taylor and I as she grew up and I am getting an email sometimes two each day. Thank you
At 9:53pm on April 15, 2013, doreen53 said…
U can send the bday list to
Again God Bless our children and keep them safe
At 9:52pm on April 15, 2013, doreen53 said…
Hey Dana
Thanks for everything. Taylor my daughter is my only child and this is very difficult as it was she and only as she grew up. I thought when she went 8 hours away for college I thought that was hard but this is more isolation. I do get a daily email got now sometimes two do very happy. My daughter will be 21 on August 22 this year. Her address
An Endress,Taylor McGee Endress
Dept. air/DivV5
FPO AP, 96620-2820
At 6:10pm on April 23, 2011, NavyMom71987 said…
Gregory (my son) is going to be a medic. His A-school is 6 months also. Is it Okay if we visit him during his schooling time. I know he goes to school everyday all day long, but I do believe he gets some weekends off. Suzanne

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