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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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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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"BLOG OPS" PIR 05/26/2011 Boot Camp Questionnaire

We are interrupting this Blog to publish an important document.

The Boot Camp Questionnaire!


It should copy and paste all right. You may need to tweak it!

FTLW is NOT an IT!


Here is your personalized, “official”, Navy 4 Moms Boot Camp Questionnaire. Please fill it out and send it back in the SASE!
Today is Week___ Day___.
1. Life here is: a. good b. getting better c. fantastic, beyond my wildest expectations! d. hard, but I can handle it.


2. The first night here I got to bed at_____________AM and slept for ___________ Minutes/hours. OR _____Slept, who slept?


3. New Friends___________________________________________________________


4. My Best friend is_______________________________________________________


5. I do the following job at BC:
a. Kitchen Duty
b. Bathroom Duty
c. Chapel
d. Other ____________________________


6. My bed is made so tight that the quarter hits the ceiling. TRUE FLASE


7. My bed is like:
a. Papa Bear’s – Too hard
b. Mama Bear’s – Too soft
c. Baby Bear’s – Just Right


8. In our bunk I sleep on the:
Top         Bottom


9. My bunkmate is:
a. Friendly
b. Don’t know – too quiet
c. Wish he was on the other side of the room


10. Have you got any awards yet?
a. Yes. __________________________________________________________
b. Not yet, but soon.
c. No and it doesn’t look likely.
d. You are kidding, right?


11. Has the yelling at BC:
a. Increased
b. Decreased
c. Stayed the same
d. No comment
e. I can tell you, but then I’d have to kill you.


12. On a scale of 1-10 how is your division working as a team?
Awesome 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 pitiful 


13. Have you gotten IT? If so, what for?! _______________________________________________________________________


14. We designed our Division Flag and it has on it: ________________________________________________________________________


15. My spiritual life is:
a. Great – God’s showing me a lot
b. Fine, but it’s hard finding time to really pray/read my Bible
c. I’m learning what a sense of humor God has
d. Pray for me!


16. When I passed my PFA test, I did:
_____________ push-ups
_____________ sit ups,
And I did my run in ___________________.


17. Who loves you more:
a. RDC
b. Mom
c. (Insert pets name)



18. How long does it take to scrub the head with a toothbrush?
a. 2 hours
b. Haven’t found out yet
c. I don’t know, haven’t done it
d. Jesus is coming back before I get done.


19. Pssst…watch out for Ninja’s.


20. Don’t you just love Sharks? Ha, betcha’ didn’t know I knew what they were, did you?!


21. Did you order your Graduation Pictures, Keel Book and DVD yet?
a. Been there, done that
b. It is at the top of my list, Mom
c. O.K. I am on it! I will get them ordered ASAP!


22. My proudest accomplishment is: ________________________________________________________________________


23. We won (a) flag/flags! For: ________________________________________________________________________


24. You passed your swim Test! Yea! Or Have you passed your swim test?


25. Are you proud of yourself? You should be! 


26. Do you know how proud your Family is of you? You should! 


27. Have you started training on Marlinspike yet? Yes____ No ____


28. Are you looking forward to Captain’s cup? Yes ___ No ___


29. Are you looking forward to Battlestations? Yes___ No ___
((Hey, don’t let the ninja’s get you.))


30. Do these questions EVER end…really Mom…I don’t have time for all these!


31. My favorite thing about Boot Camp is:
a. Singing cadences
b. Marching
c. When do we get to blow things up?
d. LOVE studying for tests!
e. I’m the hottest guy here!


32. My LEAST favorite thing about Boot Camp is:
a. I’ve forgotten my first name!
b. Who the heck picked all this grey paint
c. No fraternizing
d. It starts way too early in the morning and I am not a morning person!


33. Finally, What I think about Boot Camp surveys
a. LOVE them! How easy is this? Mom will write to herself for me!
b. MOM! Please! I’m not at summer camp!
c. My mom is a hoot and more Recruits need a Mom like her!


Your SR


Now, fold me up and mail me out!

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Comment by momma'o~32020 on June 6, 2011 at 2:22pm

love this..and will be sending it to my son..=)


Comment by Bandito's Mom on June 9, 2011 at 10:31am
Very, very cute.  I need to save it for when he starts BC.... Too soon for me to understand about Sharks and Ninjas though.
Comment by FireTeamLeaderWife aka FTLW on June 10, 2011 at 3:27am

It's funny you should ask that! I just answered it on a PIR group.

Here it is:

Oooooo...mystical ninja's.

A ninja is a mythical being(s) that dresses all in black and goes around at night and plays pranks on SR.

If he can get away with it.

If not...IT!!!!

But they are just a myth ;-), if you get my drift!

Sharks are another form of punishment.

SR's lay on the floor, wave there arms and legs like they are swimming and repeat, "Please don't eat me Mr. Sharky...Seaman Recruits don't taste so good!"

Over the course of time this could be changed to,"Please don't eat me Mr. Sharky. I'm a dumb@$$."


IT- is intensive training for when they mess up and get "punishment". All kinds of physical training.

PIR-is Pass-in-Review. Boot Camp Graduation. Your Seaman Recruit will just know it as graduation though!

There are a lot of other Questionnaires on this site. That's how I made up mine. I printed and edited them all until I got one that "fit" me! I searched up in the search engine.

Good Luck and can't wait to see you on the boards in your PIR group. Good Luck to your future Sailor!



Comment by CAnavymom(MMN) on June 14, 2011 at 12:07am
Love this :) Thanks FTLW!!
Comment by whitemountain on June 22, 2011 at 10:51am
Figured out the SASE! silly I didn't know...all these acronyms!   I knew most of this but what is Captains Cup and Marlinspike? 
Comment by FireTeamLeaderWife aka FTLW on June 22, 2011 at 4:19pm
Here are two posts that briefly explain CC and Marlinspike.

Comment by Julie (Adam's Mom) on August 28, 2008 at 5:41pm

I have read that the captain’s cup is a fun competition between the divisions. They compete in a number of physical activities such as push-ups, sit ups, softball throw, swimming, obstacle course, relays, and such. The winner gets to carry the BC Olympic flag at graduation.

Comment by JessicaB-Sailor Mom on April 17, 2010 at 3:06pm

Marlinspike is a life-size replica of a ship where rcts learn how to tie knots, handle lines, moor, put out to sea and other aspects of seamanship

In Captains Cup they compete against their brother DIV-the one that they pretty much do all of their training with. So the rivalry is there! There is an all-male DIV winner and an integrated winner. The Flag they can win is RED with white Olympic wings. My sons DIV won this in Boot. Here is a pic. It is not great but you get the idea!

In Marlinspike they have to really work as a team in order to “dock” the ship and get high points. The DIV are given points for almost (if not) everything. These are averaged out at the end to determine who gets the Hall of Fame Flag…the mother of all the flags.

I will be posting something on Flags and Pennants in the discussion area of your PIR group soon.
Comment by Paloma on June 23, 2011 at 8:46am
I absolutly love the questionnaire will print it and send it, Thanks
Comment by FireTeamLeaderWife aka FTLW on June 24, 2011 at 3:36am
You are welcome!
Comment by timmyswife (09/248) on June 24, 2011 at 7:42pm
I love it! I can picture my husband rolling his eyes already!!
Comment by proudmama (Ship 10 Div 257) on June 30, 2011 at 1:44pm
I love this questionnaire!  I am sending it to my son today...thanks!!!  :)


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