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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.

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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).  


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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A little about me:
My husband is a retired Navy officer. My oldest has completed his service. My youngest son is currently in BC. He will graduate 10/22/2021.
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My husband was retired when we married since this is new to me.
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So my so has completed his MEPS in Maine. S he has explained to me on several occasions everything that he knows so far but the one thing I do know is that he is going to be in computer/electronics on a submarine. I am so proud of him.Of course I have a zillions questions and my husband the retired Submarine officer has no inkling about enlisted. I will either drive my son crazy with questions or my husband. I wonder which one will crack first?He will start his basic on September 26th. Anybody else have a kid starting then?

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Leave date 9/26

Posted on September 1, 2012 at 8:29am 1 Comment

My son leaves for Great Lakes on 9/26. Does anyone out there have anyone leaving then?

Also, since my husband did Plebe summer for the Naval Academy instead of boot camp he cannot answer this question. Can my son where a necklace while in boot camp? I wanted to give him a cross before he left but was unsure if he could wear it. Also, what about a watch?

We are having a huge family dinner tonight with his step sisters who want to see him before he leaves. He will be… Continue


Posted on August 27, 2012 at 12:49pm 19 Comments

Ok, so I am confused. Maybe I am in the minority but I can't understand feelings that some moms have about their kids joining the Navy. I just read a post about the 5 stages of Boot Camp and frankly the first 4 seem odd.

When our son told us he was joining the Navy, I was so proud. I still am. I guess my only concern now is where his A-school will be!

Go Navy!

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At 10:41pm on June 25, 2013, Jachay said…

It really is a small world.  We lived in Liberty from 1985 until 1994.  My son actually graduated from Liberty High.  He lived in Columbia, went to USC, and worked at the Mellow Mushroom for 3 years, prior to  joining the Navy.  He misses his Columbia friends.  I'm sure he'd love sharing a ride with someone heading this way.  He left home 2/13, and really has no clue when he'll get to come this way.  He hopes to start the first school at Groton on Friday.  He got there 2 weeks ago, but is having to wait for enough Sailors to arrive before the class starts.

At 2:49pm on November 11, 2012, Craig said…

Hi Kelly,

Just go to and you will find all the items they sell on Ebay.  

Congrats on your freshly minted sailor!  Woo-hoo.....

At 8:57am on October 15, 2012, Dillonsmom said…
I have the same confusion. Lol. All I know is before he left he had decided he was going to volunteer for combat training and if accepted he would go to an army or marine base for 3 months of training, and then be deployed to Afghanistan for a year. Does anyone know anything about this as I'm completely in the dark when it comes to that. :) or if he'll still decide to do it. I assume if he does he will go to I believe a 2 week A school?!

Kelly I would love to meet up with you there!!! :)
At 3:05pm on October 3, 2012, Navymom55555 said…

So do you also have a son at BC now?

At 10:38pm on March 20, 2012, Navy for Moms Admin said…

Welcome to Navy For Moms!

You will find this site very helpful and full of members who are eager to answer your questions.  Browse around the site and check out the forums, groups, blogs, photos, videos, and even the other member profiles!  

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Enjoy your time here! I look forward (along with the community) to reading more about you! :) 



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