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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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wellen(ship04/DIV818 PIR 9/1)
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A little about me:
I am a stay at home Mom of two happy, successful boys--they have been my career. My oldest, Jonathan, is leaving for boot camp and then on to be a SWCC, a 6year committment. I have never been so sad and scared in my life.
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At 7:55pm on August 14, 2011, Linda (ship04/Div. 818) said…
I have been on this site all day long, I have read so many comments and the tears just flow, not because I'm sad, but because the emotions everyone else are feeling match mine and I don't feel so alone.   This is a great site, I hope to hear from you.  Blessings to your SR and your family.
At 9:52am on July 30, 2011, diannep said…
Perfect!  Here's hoping that you get a full long weekend with your new sailor in Great Lakes! 
At 2:01pm on July 29, 2011, diannep said…
Hey, accepted your friend request and just sent you a message on here.  We're ok to message that way.  Please let me know how I can help you!
At 12:09pm on July 27, 2011, kresgeball Div 291 PIR 9/9/11 said…
Thanks! I will take you up on the phone call!!! Here's hoping we see some mail in the next couple days!!!
At 10:50am on July 27, 2011, kresgeball Div 291 PIR 9/9/11 said…
Hi son is in the same ship and the brother division (819) of your sons. I read your bio and I know how you feel. My SR is my oldest, the first to leave the nest and I miss him very much! Its been hard to explain to some of my freinds what us boot camp moms go through. Its not like our kids are in college and we can call, skype os visit them whenever we want! I am looking forward to graduation and seeing him again for what little time we'll have.
At 4:50pm on July 22, 2011, DonnaB (ship 11, div 282) said…
Thank you, I am writing her a letter right now. I pray things are going better for her by now.
At 9:45am on July 22, 2011, Lana said…
Thanks Ellen!  Tell me a little about your son.  Mine is 18, just graduated from high school in May.  From his letters, he sounds a little shell shocked at this point!
At 11:58am on July 21, 2011, whatelks67 said…

Absolutely I'd love to talk!  So you are down past the Walmart/Southern Spirits/Lowes area.  Small world!  I love it. 


At 10:18am on July 20, 2011, jodybrock said…
Wellen, there is a N4M group for those graduating 9/1 from 04/818. Come join us.
At 2:01pm on July 6, 2011, Navy for Moms Admin said…

Welcome to Navy For Moms!

You will find this site very helpful and full of members who are eager to answer your questions.  Browse around the site and check out the forums, groups, blogs, photos, videos, and even the other member profiles!  

If you haven’t already, please make sure that you review our Community Guidelines to learn the “Do’s and Don’ts” of the community. Also, check out this Internet OPSEC Safety Video.

Enjoy your time here! I look forward (along with the community) to reading more about you! :) 



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