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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).  


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**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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At 7:46am on May 22, 2011, diannep said…
Congrats to your son being an honor recruit!  From what I have read in the PIR groups, the families are told to meet at the Public Affairs Office around 7:30 in the morning.  You should be contacted if that is the case.  You can always ask the question on RTC Facebook or you can call the Public Affairs Office 847-688-2405 for more info.
At 1:53am on May 5, 2011, hapsmolmr said…
carol -- saw your request for nukes group on the PIR boards.  If you go to the discussion groups there is a group for FAQ for Nukes that is pretty informative.
At 1:34am on May 5, 2011, hapsmolmr said…
I think we have to celebrate the fact that we have raised some great young men who are taking their future seriously and starting on a great adventure for themselves.  That, in itself, will help get me through mother's day without him.
At 1:20am on May 4, 2011, hapsmolmr said…

so good to hear you got a phone call.  Isn't it great to hear their voice after such a long time?  I'm keeping my cell phone on me at all times (which is really unusual for me) just in case he gets another phone call.

I think mother's day will be a tough one.  We are flying to Reno to be with my 2 other kids.

At 3:41pm on April 29, 2011, hapsmolmr said…
Glad to hear that you heard from Shaun.  I will hook up with you on Facebook after the crazy weekend that I'm in for here and we can chat.  Matt seems to enjoy BC too -- maybe it's because they know what job they are heading towards and they are focused and excited about that.  Matt says there are lots of recruits who came in without any specific job waiting for them and they may be the ones that are having a harder time.  Glad Matt doesn't seem to be too homesick -- I think he misses our dogs the most. 
At 2:11am on April 29, 2011, dshrops said…


So good to hear news from other moms in this division. My son called (his girlfriend) not me, she said he was sick and coughing, so I can confirm the whole division is sick. He is scheduled for a root canal on his Birthday...tomorrow, poor kid!! Oh he is one of the 4 other nukes hapsmolmr mentioned (I guess). I have received two brief letters and have read them a dozen times.

At 9:33pm on April 28, 2011, hapsmolmr said…

Hi Carol,  

I hope you get word soon.  I know I felt much better afterwards -- just needed a little bit of a connection with my son.  He'll be turning 21 during BC and since that is such a milestone in a young person's life, it's hard to not be able to celebrate with him.  He has an identical twin brother who we are taking to Disneyland to celebrate his big day -- just wish they could celebrate together.  What division is Shaun in?  Where do you live?  I'm in Nor California

At 11:54pm on April 27, 2011, hapsmolmr said…

Hi Carola-- My son, Matt just called today and is in 07/188.  He said there are 4 other nukes in his division and heard there are others so there should be a good group heading to SC after PIR.  He also said his whole division is sick and he has a bad ear ache so I hope their PIR doesn't get delayed.  We are staying at the Residence Inn because we have 6 people coming and heard the shuttle to PIR is good

At 6:41pm on April 25, 2011, Thomdent (Dustin's mom) said…

Love the 6 Flags comment!!!

At 1:33pm on April 21, 2011, Thomdent (Dustin's mom) said…


My name is Robin and my son is Dustin.  He is not my only child but the youngest and my only son.  So far, this has been some wild ride and most of the time I want to get off.  Please take the time to visit this site often, the experiences, knowledge, and kindness of those who have gone before us and those who are going through exactly what we're going through is priceless. 


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