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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 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).  

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.


RTC Graduation

**UPDATE 3/07/2022**

Mask Mandate has been lifted but you are still required to be vaccinated.


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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My son leaves on the 23rd of August, too!  It does seem that after so many months of waiting, it's coming very soon.  I hope he's ready, and we are, too! 

Posted on June 24, 2011 at 11:38pm 4 Comments

My son leaves on the 23rd of August, too!  It does seem that after so many months of waiting, it's coming very soon.  I hope he's ready, and we are, too!  Continue

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At 4:38pm on March 28, 2013, Mamma Marsha said…

Shelia, How long was A school for HT? and did you say they go to the fleet after A school?

and for ATF where is C school.

At 9:22pm on March 2, 2013, Tinat (Ship 02 Div 943) said…
Thank you so much, Sheila for your info and thoughts. So good to here that you son likes his position,,,reassuring. :)
At 7:50pm on January 5, 2013, Ken said…
My son is on his ship. Just had him home for 9 wonderful days. It's almost a year now and he just made E3. He loves it.
At 11:57am on October 29, 2012, BethFromNJ - Doc's Mom said…

Hi Shelia, I'm down in South Jersey, in Mount Laurel.  I'm having a get together on Sunday November 4th. Would you like to join us?  Are you on Facebook too? If you are you can friend me there at  Look forward to getting to know you too!

At 8:51pm on September 30, 2011, Philly5 (Justin's proud mom) said…
and...can't wait to meet you also!
At 8:50pm on September 30, 2011, Philly5 (Justin's proud mom) said…
hey there ---  to add images to your page go to MY PAGE, then look underneath your profile picture and click on Customize.  Then under themes you will find Make it Unique.  Go to the middle tab and Side Image.  What i did is google images- find the one you want and right click on it and save to desktop.  Then you can upload it for this site:)  Let me know if you have any questions!
At 5:29pm on September 27, 2011, Philly5 (Justin's proud mom) said…
HI Sheila.  How are you doing?  I don't remember if i posted back to your comment about what rating my son is...anyway he is IT Information Technican.  24 more days!!
At 9:04am on September 25, 2011, Lala Ribbon Queen PIR Ribbons said…

There isn't an order form really. you just send me the list of things on the email I sent you. Let me know if you didn't receive that message. It should be in your inbox on the top right side of your page. I will send it again now just in case you didn't get it.


At 5:33pm on September 18, 2011, Lala Ribbon Queen PIR Ribbons said…
I sent you a message with all the info for placing an order. Let me know if you have any questions. you can also reach me through regular email at:
At 3:07pm on September 18, 2011, PMSingMOMof3(11/351) said…

You sis in law lives here? Is she complaining about the heat too? LOL. I'm from Mass originally, only here for 6 years.It feels like I moved 3 feet from the sun.

Whatever info you need, I will certainly do my best to get for you. I'll inbox you my name so you can find me on FB too. I still haven't gotten a phone call yet. I'm ready to slap him when I see him, just for making me wait. Steven set up his direct deposit the day before he shipped off. He did all of his paperwork then. In his letter he said he was in a great division, that everyone worked as a team. I'm grateful for that. He's actually doing very good. Div 350, I'm guessing the 2 are brother divisions. Where is he shipping to after PIR? He goes to Groton for Sub school. From what it seems like, it depends on where your A school is. I haven't sealed today's letter yet. I can ask him how he found out about liberty. He'll probably get that before he picks up a phone and calls me. I'm so excited for you that you did hear from him!!!! 

At 10:45am on September 18, 2011, beckmcs said…
Good morning!  Yes, it was so nice to hear my son's voice.  I so hope they can earn another call before the "I am a sailor" one right before PIR.  My son also said they were struggling to work as a team but that it was starting to come together.  Everything I have read says that weeks 4 and 5 see great strides in that area and they become close and start working hard for one another.  He passed all of the physical testing but the sit ups by just a few but thinks he will have it next round. He did say he has added 3 inches to his waist!  At 6 feet tall and 125 pounds he was looking forward to bulking up!  Our boys will be headed to separate coasts for A school.  Mine will be at the DLI (Defensive Language Institute) in Monterey, California for CTI (Cryptology Technical Interpretive).
At 7:25pm on September 12, 2011, suems2 said…

Actually, he is still on this "ship" at RTC, Great Lakes. His PIR is next week Friday the 23rd.  He will then be going to Groton, CT for A-school as a STS (sonar technician submarine).  He says that he will not actually be on active duty for likely another year or so.

At 12:25pm on September 10, 2011, suems2 said…
Hello SheilaD.  My son is on the USS Kersarge, ship 11, but he is in division 317.  What is your son specializing in?
At 12:54pm on September 2, 2011, Judi(NavyMom) said…

Thank you so much!! Not a whole lot to do, just monitor the site. Veteran mom,Fireteamleaderwife,has been my mentor. She walked me through the process.

I will forward this to her, and she will explain everything.

Thanks again-


At 7:42am on August 31, 2011, jkruth said…
I received my letter on Monday. To say I was excited to see my daughters handwriting was an understatement. I hope you receive yours soon so you will know for sure. I am new to all this Navy stuff, my husband was Army it is different.
At 2:39pm on August 30, 2011, Judi(NavyMom) said…

Hi- I'm not the most saavy facebook user either! LOL  If you log onto facebook and in the search bar type in US Navy Recruit Training Command. you should find it If you "like" it then it will be kinda bookmarked for you. I tried to cut & paste but it didn't work.  If all else fails if you give me your facebook name,I think I can send it then. Let me know. LOL I know enough about computers to get me in trouble! LOL The trivia question to day was really hard!!

I pray you get your letter today. I tell ya...I feel much better now.

Hang in there.....Judi

At 5:20pm on August 21, 2011, Philly5 (Justin's proud mom) said…

hey there  Justin is IT, what is Thomas?  Good Luck to the both of you also :) 

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