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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."

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 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).  

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 6/23/2022 - MASK MANDATE IS LIFTED -  Vaccinations still 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.

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alacricket (nuke sub mom)
  • Female
  • Birmingham, AL
  • United States

Alacricket (nuke sub mom)'s Friends

  • Melissa
  • LMC -mom of 2 Sailors!
  • Pat
  • abbyblue
  • carols_kitchen

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A little about me:
I am a single parent of two boys.The oldest is 24 and the youngest is 19 that joined the navy.He arrived at the Great Lakes Feb. 18, 2010. As for as i know he is a E3 for the nuclear program. He said maching was great and he could carry the flag at graduation. My 24 yr old son is suppose to get married in June 2010. It will then be just me and my mom at home. I am a phlebotomist (one who draws blood) .
I am here to support my
Stage of (Sailor’s) Navy career?
When I heard “Navy,” I...
Was proud and encouraged it
The Navy offers opportunities that...
my son is a very smart. especially if he is in the nuclear program.
Our Navy experience so far...
It was positive and maturing. Our relationship has grown stronger.

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At 10:09pm on August 19, 2010, carols_kitchen said…
Keep me updated on your sailor.
At 11:26pm on August 6, 2010, Kaye S. said…
Dear Alacricket, I rec'd a message that you've joined the discussion group for the submarine USS ALABAMA. You are more than welcomed to stay, but I'm thinking you might have joined our group by accident... this is a group of moms whose sons are all stationed on that boat and our chat will reflect this.

If you're seeking the group for moms who live in the state of Alabama, that link is here: As I said, you're welcomed here, but I didn't want you confused! Hugs! k.
At 7:33am on May 28, 2010, Pat said…
My son has been in the fleet for a little over 2 years.
I have just come off of a two week business trip. I did not have access to N4M during that time. Very tired, but okay.
At 7:38pm on April 13, 2010, Melissa said…
My son is at SC Nuke school now. He is going for MM.
At 5:35pm on April 12, 2010, carols_kitchen said…
Hi--my sailor has finished nuke school. it was a great place to visit often.
At 1:47am on March 20, 2010, Pat said…
MM is Machinist Mate...ET is Electronics Tech...EM is Electronics Mate.
These are the three jobs that he will choose sometime in the next couple of weeks, before boot camp graduation (PIR). My best to him. And safe travels for all of you!
At 10:07am on March 3, 2010, tinkerbell said…
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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. NOTE: this is not an auto-generated message. You are getting this message from a real live Navy mom.

At 7:23pm on March 2, 2010, Pat said…
Welcome aboard! It sounds like your son is in the performing division at boot camp! You have one special son! You will want to start reading up on the NUKE page on this website. Go to the Groups tab at the top of this page and type NUKE in the search block. Then click on the one that has the largest membership and enjoy the read. My sailor is an MM2 Nuke and has been in the fleet for 2+ years. Encourage him to always do his best!!
Do you know whether he wants MM, EM, or ET? Do you know whether he wants surface or sub?
By the way the answer to your question is 'Mo'...he is actually my sailor's tabby with white chest, chin, legs, and multiple other white markings.

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