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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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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 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).  Still limited to 2 guests maximum.

Specific information on this policy change will be provided in the coming days and weeks.

We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience and appreciate your support.


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**UPDATE 7/16/2021**




**UPDATE - 2020**

Due to COVID there is no public PIR. The graduations are on Thursday, and the video of the graduation is posted on RTC's FaceBook on Friday at approx 3pm. Please keep in mind that a division may need to complete additional quarantine during training which will delay their graduation.

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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What is ship 7?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Mary Feb 10. 7 Replies

Hi all my son Just left last week for boot camp. My understanding was that we would not get his address until he arrived at GL, after ROM. We just received a text from our sons recruiter with an…Continue


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Mary replied to Mary's discussion 'What is ship 7?'
"Everything is so fluid and changing all the time. I will definitely let everyone know if the letters make it to him in ROM - I have my doubts....I used Sandboxx to send the first letter. I will keep everyone posted. mary "
Feb 10
Mary replied to Mary's discussion 'What is ship 7?'
"Thanks so much Chipmunk!   The weird thing is that the recruiter said that the address will be where my son will ultimately be housed - he encouraged me to write letters now - he said that he had heard that some people had mail rerouted to…"
Feb 9
Mary replied to Mary's discussion 'What is ship 7?'
"Thanks Chipmunk!  his division is 988 - does that mean the music division? "
Feb 8
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What is ship 7?

Hi all my son Just left last week for boot camp. My understanding was that we would not get his address until he arrived at GL, after ROM. We just received a text from our sons recruiter with an address - which concerns me, because it is too soon, and because the ship in number 7, which I believe is for recruits that are not scheduled to graduate.... does anyone know what this means??thank you!marySee More
Feb 8
Mary replied to materfamilias's discussion 'New here, shipping tomorrow' in the group Boot Camp Moms (and loved ones)
"Yes. He should definitely bring his own wallet with some cash - I’ve heard $50 - We have him $80 just because I was so anxious - the voucher is only $23 We also sent him with a debit card and a phone card  sounds like you’ve got…"
Feb 8
Mary replied to materfamilias's discussion 'New here, shipping tomorrow' in the group Boot Camp Moms (and loved ones)
"Hi Materfamilias -  am just a few days ahead of you in this process....I know chipmunk is right, that everyone's experience will be different, but this is how is worked for us 5 days ago.... we drove our son to MEPS on Wednesday afternoon…"
Feb 7

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I am a first time navy mom. First time military mom. No one in my family has ever served. I am so proud and happy for my son, but also scared and anxious.
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Stage of (Sailor’s) Navy career?
Waiting to leave for Boot Camp
When I heard “Navy,” I...
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Our Navy experience so far...
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At 1:45am on January 31, 2021, belovedbyHim said…

Welcome!! Please read my blog to give you an idea of what the first few weeks may look like.. First Things First-- The Quarantine Edition Up and to the Left is a link to all the Navy Lingo! It is titled Navy Speak and you can find it here. We are here to get you through the “Great Silence” of the next 4 weeks (ish) and the 10 weeks of BC (ish). You will come to learn that No News Is GOOD News and everything is Needs of the Navy. You life will be Hurry Up and Wait and it’s ok to make plans but they are subject to change until after they have happened so it’s best to embrace the Motto: Semper Gumby!! (Always Flexible!!)

The Expected timeline will look like this
Day 0 -- Travel, Arrival and "I'm Here" scripted phone call
Day 1-14 -- ROM (Restriction of Movement/ Quarantine-- Lots of studying and waiting)
Day 15-21 Arrive Onboard RTC and begin P-days (P-days- Initial Processing Days) including 2 days of P-hold (Weekend)
Day 21-- Complete P days. (Initial PFT & Run)
Day 22-- Begin training and mail form letter out. Look for it to arrive around 1-2 weeks later)
All of this is assuming no exposure to COVID with additional ROM
Training typically occurs Monday - Friday but we have heard rumors that Saturday’s are now training days as well.
Normal PIR will be 10 Fridays after departure from Home but it can be less by 1 but it can be extended by ???? (lots!!) It just depends on how many times they get caught in the “Ring of Fire” but do not get COVID. IF they get COVID, Once they are recovered they will not be removed from training again even if they are in the “Ring of Fire”. (so there is that small silver lining if kids get sick)
I Hope you’ll come and join us on the Main Boot Camp Moms page: You may have to scroll down a ways to reach the comments but we’d love to get to know you and answer any questions or concerns you may have or just be a support from others who “get it”.


Because you have a son or daughter that is getting ready to leave for boot camp soon please sit down with them and have a real good talk about what to expect. 

Since Covid has hit things have been all over the place - they get put in quarantine, they get out of quarantine, they get put back in quarantine. A normal 8 week boot camp can drag on much longer and it can take a huge mental toll on them. It's important that they understand THIS IS ONLY TEMPORARY! They need to be physically strong but more importantly they need to be MENTALLY STRONG! 

Let them know that they probably won't even get a letter from home until they are at least HALF WAY through boot camp. NO you haven't forgotten about them - it just takes that long for them to train someone in the mail room so they can get their mail. The first couple of weeks they may question their decision to join - and that's normal! But they need to be strong. This is just the beginning of their Navy career and they need to learn to be FLEXIBLE. 

Remind them they are STRONG and THEY CAN DO THIS. Before they leave ask them HOW BAD DO YOU WANT THIS?

At 12:16pm on January 29, 2021, Chipmunk said…

Mary, I apologize for the delay but I finally sent you a lengthy private message to answer your questions. Be sure to go to the upper left here and look at the Inbox. Click on it and it should take you to your personal emails for this group. HUGS. Don't hesitate to ask more or post in the main BC Moms group your questions. 

At 10:13am on January 27, 2021, Chipmunk said…

Good Morning Mary - Be sure to check for friend requests. If you look to the upper left under your user name it says friends. Click on that and it should take you to another page that should show my profile picture and a short message where you can click Accept. Once you are my friend then I can send you more detailed information in a private message. 

This site is hard to view on a mobile device, from my understanding. It is easier to get familiar with it on a computer. If you are on a mobile device, be sure to put it in desktop mode. 

At 11:53am on January 26, 2021, partyofseven said…

Good Morning Mary,

And welcome to our group. We are so glad that you are here. How well I remember those feelings when my son first joined. Phoenixmom another mom in the boot camp for moms group posted a lot of links for you to read over. It is on the comment wall. 

Let me know if u have trouble finding it. I am another mom that helps out on the site as well.

Just wanted to say hi since I missed welcoming you. 

At 10:27am on January 26, 2021, Chipmunk said…

Also, I just noticed that your profile indicates you are male - is that an error?  You should correct that. 

At 10:26am on January 26, 2021, Chipmunk said…

Hi Mary - I see you joined the BC Mom group. I saw and read your comment to me. I did not approve it because you have a lot of specific dates and information in there that should be kept more private. I have to be away from my computer most of the day but I am sending you a friend request. I can answer all of those questions in what we call a PM (private message but it will be later before I can get back to you.) - Some of the general questions you may ask in BC Mom group and some of the other ladies will answer for you. 

Sounds like your son is going Nuke if headed to GC and mine is as well. You will want to join the Nuke Mom group but one thing at a time. 

At 1:18am on January 26, 2021, Chipmunk said…

Hi Mary, I noticed that you had liked B'sNukeMom's post about discussions before leaving for BC. I just thought I would say hi. I am one of the moms that sticks around in the BC Mom group to help answer questions. 

Is your loved one still waiting to leave for BC or are they there? We would love to have you join the BC Mom group!

My son has been in for 3+ years now and his is currently out in the fleet. 

At 10:28am on April 17, 2020, B'sNukeMoM⚓️MMN said…

Welcome to!   

Head to “Settings” on the main page right away to add a profile image (no last names visible, please) and complete your Profile. Then - and this is important! - read these Community Guidelines and this Operations Security (OPSEC) Checklist, for the safety and privacy of all our Sailors.

Then jump right in!  Browse around the site and check out the groups and the information in their Discussion Forums.

Join this group for boot camp moms, where you'll also find a group for your Pass in Review (graduation) date; and this one for PIR Reference Information.  

Get a head start during boot camp by joining groups for, and learning about, your Sailor's occupational specialty and "A" School; and later your Sailor's duty station and/or Navy ship and homeport. You can also join groups for your own state, region or home town and interests from getting ready for deployment to care package ideas!

Please say Hi when you join a group, and feel free to ask any and all questions - everyone was new once, and there is no "dumb" question. 

This site was created by the U.S. Navy just for you, and we look forward to getting to know you and your Sailor.  

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