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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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  • United States

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A little about me:
my son will be gone 3yrs. i know he made a life choice. i thought that i was a opened minded person until my son did this.
I am here to support my
Stage of (Sailor’s) Navy career?
When I heard “Navy,” I...
Was concerned or afraid

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At 9:06am on August 13, 2011, MarianneKT's Mom said…

Susan - I remember last year Katie took the leave over New Year's instead of Christmas because it was 1 day longer.  The prices for tickets from 2009 to 2010 in December went up $1,000! Katie still came home and made the most of her time.  After 2 years there's some special thing for single sailors (can't remember the code) where they can opt for 30 leave days, 14 days and a plane ticket (not sure if it is from FUK to ___ USA) or special pay.  Katie plans to do that this December, if all goes well.  Her ship in Sasebo is having issues too.....they didn't get to participate in Talisman Sabre in July.

It sems like if they get 14 days it is really 12 at're right about -2 travel time.

At 11:56am on February 27, 2010, BunkerQB said…
I see you have joined some groups and adjusted as a Navy family. Please join the New Moms Stop Here group, if you haven’t. There are many wonderful experienced members with that group if you have questions and concerns. I am going to be removing my self as your Friend because I am stepping back to concentrate on some business projects. If you need me, you’ll find me on a daily basis in the SF Bay Area Navy Families group (click on link). That is my “home” group where I am the creator/admin. I am frequently on the New Moms Stop Here too since I am also one of the admins. Best of luck to you and your sailor. Regards, BunkerBee.
At 8:23pm on January 22, 2010, BunkerQB said…
At 7:01pm on January 20, 2010, susan said…
i am still looking for a group in south ffa.
At 5:29pm on January 20, 2010, BunkerQB said…
I see you are getting adjusted. Please join the New Moms Stop Here group. You'll feel right at home once your other new members. You don't need to have friends to get information from this site. Just relax. I have been "mentoring" many new members and above a certain number, I won't be effective; therefore, I am “graduating” a few of you who appear to be well-adjusted and have learned the ropes. In the Forum, on “How to Do Stuff On N4M” I have posted a number of topics which will help you navigate this site. I am not far away. If you need me, you’ll find me on a daily basis in the SF Bay Area Navy Families group (click on link). That is my “home” group where I am the creator/admin. Best of luck to you and your sailor. Regards, BunkerBee.
At 6:22pm on January 6, 2010, susan said…
he is thru boot camp. we were able to gi to graduation. after school he got to come home for 30 days. now we wont see him for one year. we speak 3 times weekly. what will be hard is when he is at sea.
At 2:37pm on January 6, 2010, abbyblue said…
As a new member, you will have many questions. Join the New Moms Stop Here group immediately. For new members, this group will be your safe haven - we will support you through those tough weeks before, during and after boot camp. We have members with various experiences and skills available to help you. If we don’t have the answer, we know where to find it. In case you have two bogus profiles, namely Kayleigh Hall and/or Gloria Lopez. as a friend, remove them ASAP by clicking on their lovely photos and click Remove. They are email-address harvesting. NOTE: this is not an auto-generated message. You are getting this message from a real live Navy mom.

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