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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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Started this discussion. Last reply by lemonelephant Apr 25, 2011. 2 Replies

My son will be brought to MEPS tomorrow to be processed for Basic Training.  He will be taking the oath on Tuesday.  What items does he need to bring with him?


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At 10:55pm on April 2, 2012, janh said…

Hi Meryl,

My son graduated BC on May 28, 2011. It has been a long year but I couldn't be more proud. He will be home with us for 2+ weeks so that makes me so happy. Then off to Hawaii. His ship will be in drydock for a year, so I guess they have them do other things until then. Fine with me. I think they work on their dolphins.


My best to you and your family! Nav4Moms has been a godsend. Now I need to find out if they have anything like this for Hawaii.

At 4:50pm on May 19, 2011, bussinbier, Ship 09, Div. 208 said…
Yes meryl I got your 1st message and did reply to you. I received a long phone call earlier this week and the next day got a letter. Thank you for your good wishes. My SR is doing good and passing all his tests. I'm so happy now!!!
At 12:48am on May 1, 2011, Audrey said…
I was very surprised that the box came so quickly. I wasn't expecting it and I actually tripped over it on my porch! lol

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