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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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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."

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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).  


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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Ken-55 (OS Dad)
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Super Bowl???

Started this discussion. Last reply by JessicaB-Sailor Mom Jan 23, 2011. 1 Reply

Any chance (some of) the recruits may get to watch the Super Bowl or is it just another Sunday?


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A little about me:
Single dad (since my son was 3 y.o.), he's always seen his Mom once a week or so, but lived full-time with me. He left for bootcamp on 12/15/10. I'm currently making the transition from "hockey dad" to "Navy Dad" . . . funny, it feels like a natural progression.

PIR was 2/18/11. He finished A-school in late April, reported to the USS ANZIO in early May and deployed immediately.

Wow, just realized how old this info was . . . my son's ship returned from deployment in December 2011. I was fortunate enough to get to meet the ship in FL and go on a 2-day Tiger Cruise back to Norfolk for homecoming.

My son's now in Navy housing close to the base and advancing nicely, he's an E-4 and the letter his chief wrote recommending another promotion was honestly the strongest recommendation I've ever seen in my life, made me so proud!
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At 10:40pm on November 29, 2016, lemonelephant said…

Click on OPSEC and PERSEC (Making Changes to Your Profile) and the Page will open in a new window. Read the Page and follow the directions at the bottom to make change 3 (see the words in bold) so that this page is no longer visible to EVERYONE (Anyone) with access to the web. Don’t forget to click the “Save” button at the bottom.

There may be other changes you need to make as well, so read and consider each of the changes.

Another change that I recommend that is mentioned in change 1 is to change the ZIP Code to one that is not easily associated with you or your Sailor.

At 12:32pm on December 19, 2010, Northwest Annie said…

Hi Ken,

My real name is Lisa. Thanks for the friend request. Sounds like our boys are in the same stage of BC. Maybe they'll be in the same unit. Not sure how everything works. I'm just trying to be calm and not overthink what he may be doing or when he'll graduate. I'm an expert at driving myself crazy with trying to figure things out when I really know nothing! :-)  Would love to be able to plan the trip for PIR but I know it's too early. Hope all is well on your end.


At 2:07pm on December 13, 2010, Purplemom (Ship 3 Div 084) said…

We are originally from Boston, but currently living in Europe. My son flew out today for processing, but will not arrive in GL until Wednesday evening. He is excited about becoming an MA. Maybe they will be in the same Ship/Div.

At 2:24pm on November 8, 2010, Renick ET said…
Any way I can look at it to ease my worries works for me!~! I am just hoping the date is firm. Oh well. I will. Thx.
At 11:23am on November 8, 2010, Renick ET said…
Ken, my son has been scheduled to leave for BC on 12/15. I've read that there is a holiday stand-down and was wondering if that will add to his time in BC. I have seen you posting in several places and wondered if you have gotten any answers to this question. I would think they would move the new recruits until after the first of the year... Thanks. Renee
At 1:14am on January 4, 2010, lemonelephant said…
You are very welcome. Blessings to you and yours.
At 12:20am on January 4, 2010, BunkerQB said…
As a new member, you will have many questions. Join the New Moms Stop Here group immediately. For new members, this group will be your safe haven - we will support you through those tough weeks before, during and after boot camp. We have members with various experiences and skills available to help you. If you have either Kayleigh Hall and/or Gloria Lopez. as a friend, remove them ASAP by clicking on their lovely photos and click Remove. These are bogus profiles. They are email-address harvesting. NOTE: this is not an auto-generated message. You are getting this message from a real live Navy mom. Bea (son a nuke on a sub).

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