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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."

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**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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A little about me:
I am a widow with 5 kids, 1 son handicap, 1 son in the Air Force (now guard) , 1 in navy boot camp, 1 son at home finishing high school, 1 daughter and 1 granddaughter--I am very blessed with my children and family and friends--My husband was a small rural town Pastor who passed away 7 years ago, currently am employed by taking care of my handicap son--am looking into going to school for some sort of nursing.
I am here to support my
Stage of (Sailor’s) Navy career?
In the NROTC program
When I heard “Navy,” I...
Was proud and encouraged it
The Navy offers opportunities that...
They made me feel that they are a team together they will make it--not self centered, they are there to encourage each other...My brother-in-law just retired, and my uncle also retired and really haven't heard bad things about it--very proud to have my son in the United States Navy and he is proud as well
Our Navy experience so far...
It was positive and maturing. Our relationship has grown stronger.

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At 1:31pm on September 27, 2011, MarianneKT's Mom said…
Karen - Yes, the sailor's address stays the same.  The post office is actually right on the ship.  So they get their mail there when the are in port, the same as they are out to sea.  The boxes travel via USPS until they hit CA, then they are shipped via the military.  That is why you don't need to pay for confirmation or anything like that.  At Christmas last year I mailed after the recommended date.  It took maybe 2 weeks to get to Sasebo.
At 2:37pm on September 5, 2011, MarianneKT's Mom said…

Wonderful idea about baking.  Packing back to back like the other ladies or in ziploc bags.  Its whatever you feel is best.  I know that some cookies travel better than others, but they all get eaten.  They LOVE homemade;)  When I sent bread- Katie likes a poppy seed kind that has a glaze- so I baked it in the small aluminum pas and then wrapped it with plastic then foil or it might have been wax paper then foil.  I know you can get lids at some stores, and that may work for them as well. I have lined large kleenex boxes with wax paper and then layered bar cookies with wax paper between them and then wrapped the whole box with saran wrap.  My daughter has used smaller boxes like granola bars for layering fudge.  I've also sent peanut brittle and toffee.  Like Tina metioned, Katie has also suggested to bake them about a minute less that what you think is done.  They can get hot on their trip over.  Enjoy your baking!

At 7:17pm on August 3, 2011, MarianneKT's Mom said…
I see you joined the Essex group.  What is your son's rate? When will he be headed to Japan.  I have a daughter who is a DC-Katie has been in Japan since April 2009. 
At 5:54pm on March 7, 2011, Navy for Moms Admin said…

Welcome to Navy For Moms!

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