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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."

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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.

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So it is only 3 1/2 months until K leaves for bc.  Right now I am wondering what do do for her for her birthday and Christmas.  Whatever "things" she gets, she won't be able to enjoy for long before she leaves.  She did request either a massage or a new motorcycle jacket for her birthday.  Now, what to do for Christmas?  I guess I'll just keep on thinking about it.

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Comment by Anti M on October 9, 2011 at 11:45am

Plus, when she gets out of boot camp, her options for keeping and hauling her stuff around will be quite limited!  

Stamps and calling cards in her stocking.  She'll need them for boot camp anyway.

In addition to the massage, throw in a mani-pedi, a facial and a good short haircut.

A Kindle, which are terrific is she gets orders to a ship. She can have that at PIR. 

Does she have a laptop?  If not, give her an IOU for one, then get it and give it to her at PIR.  If she's techy or geeky, give her the IOU and then let her pick one out herself after boot camp.

Giftcards to her favorite places to use with her friends and family before she departs.

More stuff she can use at boot camp: A nice watch which fits military uniform regs, a slim black man's wallet, a religious medal.

What not to buy: bulky items such as game systems, TVs and so on.  She may not get to use them for a year or more, depending on her training system.  A fancy phone, you don't know where her orders will take her where American phones won't work, and she will want to blow her money once she graduates anyway.  

Not too many clothes or shoes; she doesn't get to wear civilian clothes right away and she would have to haul them around.

Jewelry, same reason, wait a year.  

Books, again, she has to haul them around.

Bedding or a quilt, you don't know where she'll be, and what the rules are.  Some barracks dont' allow personal bedding items, and some ships have strict fire safety rules which preclude personal bedding.  Many don't, too early to know what she can use.

Comment by mom2kandq on October 9, 2011 at 9:17pm

Thanks for the ideas Anti M.  Unfortunately for me, Kaitlin treats herself to mani/pedi every few months (well, the pedi anyway).  Her hairdresser has already said she would make sure she has an appropriate (and good) haircut before leaving for boot. Already has a watch and I have a wallet for her stocking.  A medal of her patron saint is on the way.  She bought herself a laptop for college.  Sounds depressing but a I think a Kindle sounds great!  Hadn't thought about it.  Thanks so much for that.

Comment by blm on October 10, 2011 at 5:24pm
My daughter Christina leaves for bc in Februrary and I had thought of these except for the Kindle.  My husband and I are trying to be supportive for her, but this is SO HARD. I can't always understand the emotions or why I can't  always say she is joing the Navy with tearing up. I have so much respect for those who have gone before this.
Comment by mom2kandq on October 16, 2011 at 8:00pm
bim, a lot of the tearing up is probably you welling over with pride. I know that is the source of a lot of my tears. And the thought of my "baby" just being old enough to make such a huge decision, leaving and not being able to "mommy" her like I would if she were just moving to another city or something. Your tears are completely understandable.


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