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Link to Navy Speak - Navy Terms & Acronyms: Navy Speak

All Hands Magazine's mini-documentary series "Making a Sailor": These six videos follow 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. 

Making a Sailor: Episode 1 - "Get on the Bus"

Making a Sailor: Episode 2 - "What did I get myself into?"

Making a Sailor: Episode 3 - "Processing Days"

Making a Sailor: Episode 4 - "Forming"

Boot Camp: Making a Sailor - Episode 5

Making a Sailor: Episode 6 - "I'm a U.S. Navy Sailor"

...and visit - America's Navy and 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."

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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  • ladies i received a letter from my son yesterday!! he is asking me to send him a book. sign lenguague book. doyou know if i can send books?

  • maybe put it on an envelop

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Comment by lemonelephant on September 10, 2019 at 11:53pm

Books, other than the Bible or other similar book, are not permitted and often get thrown away.  I'm surprised he asked for it and wonder when he plans to read it and why he would need it.

See Letter Writing & Fun Stuff/Questionnaires to send to your Recruit.

Comment by Allison on September 18, 2019 at 2:15am

The only recruits that can receive more than paper mail are those in SEPS (those being separated from the military in boot camp) and THU (temporary holding unit for sailors that have graduated from RTC but are being held at Great Lakes for some reason). If your son falls into one of the categories, then yes, you can send him a book. If not, you cannot send a book, but what you COULD do is send him a couple sheets of paper with some basic phrases or something...though I would not recommend. Sounds like he’s trying to communicate with the sailor in the opposite compartment while on a night watch, which is not allowed but honestly happens all the time when you’re trying to get through the night. And even if he’s not, that’s probably what the RDCs will assume he’s up to as well.

Comment by Allison on September 18, 2019 at 2:43am

When I say it happens all the time, I don’t mean to write it off as trivial or anything haha. New recruits just always attempt it, they learn quickly not to as others get in trouble and they adjust to the night watches, and I would say it’s just a normal part of training for divisions to go through this. 

I’m also thinking it could be that he’s just trying to be polite and communicate with a member of the ship’s galley staff as there is a lot of diversity there. Perhaps start with things that would be useful for that but not necessarily signing to recruits, such as please/thank you/good morning.


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