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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

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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).  


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**UPDATE 8/25/2022 - MASK MANDATE IS LIFTED.  Vaccinations still required.

**UPDATE 11/10/22 PIR - Vaccinations no longer required.


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I am almost to my sons PIR so I have been reminicing on how we got here.  My son has always had it easy in school.  A's without trying but he is a little on the lazy side.  He could not decide what he wanted to do after graduation so he did not apply for scholarships, stating he would go to community college while he figured it out and we would save money.  After oe year of commumity college and working part time jobs he decided he was, " bored to death and still did not know what to do with his future"  I told him we should go talk to a recruiter and see what the military has to offer.

He did some research and informed me he woud talk to the air force and navy, but air force was his first choice.  He had looked into different jobs, duty stations and read online about life while in the service.  We found out there is a pace nearby where he could talk to all of the recruiters in one building.  The air force guys were having a DEP meeting and were so busy playing rock band they asked him to come back a different day.  The Navy DEPers were also meeting but one of the recruiters took him in for a practice ASVAB then called me in.  He scored we enough that the recruiter just handed him a booklet on the Nuke program and asked if he was interested.  He aswered my SR's questions and we left.   My SR did a lot of research and got very excited about it.  We went back the 1st of the next month and he was taken to MEPS where he enlisted, with a Nuke contract.

 He spent about 5 months in the DEP program.  I have nothing negative to say about his recruiting office.  They were very honest and straightforward.  At one DEP meeting someone was asking the recruits questions to see ensure they were being told the appropriate things.  My son said she asked why he decided to join the navy.  His reply, "Because the air force was too busy paying rock band to talk to me."  She told him it was the best answer she had ever gotten.  

 I know it was divine intervention leading him in the right direction.  If we had talked to the air force first I believe he would have never spoken with the navy and would have missed out on the Nuke program.  I was surprised to see how excited he was at the prospect of this program. I had been praying he would be led where he needed to be and I know my prayers were answered.  I am one proud Navy Mom.

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Comment by BunkerQB on January 28, 2012 at 7:15pm

Congratulations. I am sure he'll do fine in the Nuke program. However, if he has not been working on his studies his entire life, he will find he'll have to work harder than he has ever had to work.  For someone who is qualified the material is not necessarily difficult but the sheer volume of material to absorb will be huge. Tell him to start studying, getting use to being on top of things academically. People do drop out of the program. Often, the ones who drop out (or are dropped from) of the program are the ones who scored extremely well (therefore, very smart indeed) but assumed they can slide through the program like everything else in life. My son woke up as a sophomore in high school. Thank god.  Check out the Nuke Moms group. It's a great group but wait until your son is through bootcamp before getting super involve in the group - almost all the members have sons/daughters who are out of bootcamp, A school and beyond.  Good luck.  Welcome to the wacky world as moms of nukes.

Comment by Connie (Ship03 Div 070) on January 28, 2012 at 8:56pm

Thanks.  I told him he was going to be in for an eye opening experience with having to study.  He said he is looking forward to the challenge.  I read about mandatory study hours, so I am hopeful it will help him adjust.  I have been lurking on the Nuke Mom's group and found a page that gave a lot of tips to help manage the workload.  I plan on printing it and giving it to him if we are able to see him at the airport after PIR.

Comment by mumof4 (ship 02, div 932) on January 30, 2012 at 11:33pm

That sounds like my son - he went to the Air Force first also.  He had a surgery while on vacation out of the country several years ago, and the Air Force first lost his paperwork, and then just didn't seem too interested in pursuing it.  The Navy actually showed up in our area asking about our son, and the Naval recruiter took it from there.  He acquired all the necessary medical documention and was very supportive of our son.  Once the Navy had done all the hard work, the Air Force tried to get in on the deal and told the Navy recruiter that they had our son first and wanted his paperwork.  Fortunately the Navy recruiter told that recruiter "No way!".  Our son is excited about his ship out date in April and is a proud future sailor!   God definitely answers our prayers for our children!  Good luck to your son in the Nuke program!


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