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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 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.


RTC Graduation

**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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So very proud of my come the tears

Posted on March 21, 2010 at 7:01pm 14 Comments

Ok Moms....Am I wimpy or what? My son doesn't leave for bootcamp until July and already I find myself getting choked up. My family and I are so proud of him. Being in the Navy will give him some great opportunities and also give him an appreciation for our country. My father was a World War II Navy Seabee and so it is with great pride that my son will follow his grandfather in the same military branch.

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At 10:45pm on January 23, 2011, bonniern PIR 10/1 nukesMM 1102a said…
Thanks for the info.  I have 2 sons graduating from MM A school on Friday.  So excited.
At 2:28am on November 25, 2010, Cathi said…
At 10:55am on October 25, 2010, Karen said…
Good morning JoAnn. How is Brian doing in his classes? Joe said that how he does on his test tomorrow will determine how much time he can spend with us. So far he is doing well. whew! Can't wait to go. Karen
At 9:14pm on October 24, 2010, Karen said…
JoAnn! Your note brought tears to mine and my husband eyes... thank you. And how were you able to meet Joe? Brian and him do not have class together. They must be friends?? You are so sweet to take pies to the guys :) I can't wait to go see him. It's my husbands and my Christmas present to each other. How much time did you get to spend with Brian? I am thinking that we will get Joe for a Saturday. How did you get Brian on Friday? From one shorty to the other, thank you :) Karen
At 11:13pm on October 18, 2010, Karen said…
Hi JoAnn, Joe seems to be doing well. He took a math test today and scored 2nd highest in the class. This is from a kid that didn't do well in high school or the university at all... so that is quite a feather in his cap. He told his brother that he wishes he could have done college on his own, but... he knew he needed a very strict environment, so now we have the navy. All these years, my husband and I thought we were strict, but unless we were like the military... Your son is not an MM, correct? Joe said he wouldn't be in his class unless he was an MM.
All in all, I think Joe is okay. I know he misses us. We love talking to him. He is very busy. Worries about breaking a rule... Have a great time with your son. I envy you :) Karen

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