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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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At 7:12pm on September 24, 2010, lori said…
Jackie, what will John be doing if he goes to Afgan.? Explain about his "battalion"- I am not familiar with this.
That was nice you got to see him for 2 weeks. How did he look? Glad he's enjoying what he's doing- that's important!
Hard to think you may not see him for such a long time. Paul calls me once a week. I need to get in the habit of emailing him. When he calls the connection is so bad I can hardly hear him most of the time. He had said that when he goes on a ship it could be months of no communication. I can't even think about that.
Sometimes I feel like he's just "away" and he'll be back, but it will never be the same will it? The only time he will be back will just be a visit- and other than I know he will be home for Christmas who knows when the next time will be. I know he's home sick. Was John? I talked to him yesterday- kept having to ask him to repeat what he had just said. I asked if he was looking forward to me coming- he said he was. I wasn't sure that's why I asked. I didn't know if it was helpful for me to go and visit him if he had his own plans with friends.

Do you stay in touch with anyone else from John's DIV or our PIR group? Is there a group for John's school?
I am so glad there is a site for the GL school because I get a lot of questions answered.

Thanks for staying in touch. Hope to talk to you soon.
At 4:11pm on September 22, 2010, lori said…
Jackie- it was great to read an email from you! I'm doing good. Working a lot of days and hours at the hospital lately. Looking forward to it slowing down after next week.
Paul is still at GL in A school. He has a long school- still more to go after he graduates in Jan from there. Then he will get sent somewhere for C school. I'm hoping it's in VA as that would be close to us. But he won't know till he grads. He is enjoying it but isn't looking forward to winter in GL.
That's great that John graduated already. Does he like the combat training? Where will they send him for his deployment?
I'm still on here! I'm going to meet a Maryland Navy mom this Sunday. Her son is on a ship already. I don't look at too many N4M sites other than the group for the school Paul's in. And there is a Maryland Moms group.
I'm going out to see Paul in a couple weeks. Haven't seen him since PIR and I really miss him. He's home sick but I'm hoping my going there will help him! He gets to come home at Christmas when the base has a stand down.
Have you seen John since PIR?
Hope you are doing well. Thanks for "checking in"!
At 5:54pm on June 3, 2010, Jill-FLA-Proud Mom of a Sailor said…
Thanks Jackie. We have not heard from C yet except he did arrive in St. Louis yesterday and was waiting on the bus that was to leave at 7 p.m. with a 2 hour bus ride ahead of them. I would have thought we would have heard something by now but if I have learned anything it is PATIENCE...Good luck to yours in Gulfport, perhaps our son's paths will cross one day. GO NAVY AND SEABEAS!!!
At 4:36pm on May 13, 2010, lori said…
Jackie, just got home and I got a letter! Short but it does 'sound' different. He talked about getting the marksmanship last fri and was excited about that. Said the food is good for cafeteria food and you don't 'have' to eat everything on the plate but he does cause he said he's starving. They get 15 min to eat and he said it was barely time to chew but he's so hungry he just inhales it.
II asked if his RDC was ok with them getting comic strips and he said yes his RDC is pretty cool about mail.
You can tell the excitement more as he writes. Passed last weeks test. Of course they have this week and the next coming up he's a little nervous about- said there is no room for mistakes.
Told me what to bring when we come. He will be staying in GL for school but still not sure when it starts.

Now I forgot what else was in your email. I'll have to go back and see and answer it from there. He mentioned calling but didn't say when. Maybe after BS is when he means.
At 7:38pm on April 30, 2010, DawnC said…
Hi - Is your son graduating 5/27 from boot camp ? Mine is and its seems like forever. I cry daily and only had one phone call and 2 letters - the phone call helped alot but I asked him alot of questions....he has a great attitude so hopefully it will go fast for him. If you need to talk I am here - I usually check in daily or at least every other day. The videos helped me alot seeing what he his going through. Talk to u soon and God Bless, DawnC

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