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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.

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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Everyone knows how tough it is to give up someone they love for a few months, but one thing I have not thought a lot of (until recently) is how much he is giving up. Not only did my boyfriend leave me, but he left his family and friends as well. Being selfish is easy to do, but being selfless is much harder. I have yet to hear from him and it's been almost two weeks since he left, but I know he is thinking of me and hoping that I am doing well.
Since he has given up so much for me I find it easy to write him and tell him all the things I did during the day. I tell him everything from the national news, to the gossip around campus. Even though he hasn't responded yet I know he loves it.
One thing my boyfriend, Barry, was worried about when he left was that people would forget him. He is an amazing person and no one will forget him, but I wanted to show him that. Being an Early Childhood major has definitely helped me think outside the box. The other day I was helping a kindergarten classroom with Flat Stanly. If you have never read the book, it is about a young laminated boy who goes on adventures around the world. The students would color him and then with the parents help they would send hm to three family members that were around the world. The family members would take Flat Stanley into their local town and take pictures of him having adventures. They then would write a short paper about where he had visited, and send it back to the child. The child would present to the class about where their Flat Stanley had been. Even though my boyfriend is the one doing the traveling; I decided to make a Flat Barry. With all the end of the semester events coming fast, and him not being here I didn't want him to miss out. I took a picture of him and put it in a frame. Anytime I went somewhere with mutual friends, to my sorority's formal, ect. I took pictures with him. At first I thought everyone would think I was crazy, but it turns out everyone loved it and wanted to get their picture with Flat Barry as well. I have sent him about nine pictures so far and told him about the adventures that he has taken (You are welcome to look at these in my pictures). I know he will love it and others will be jealous. ;)
I think everyone should do something like this for their Sailor. It's hard enough for them already thinking they might have made a mistake, and people might forget them. I think we should show them that even though they might not be right here they are always in our thoughts.
This activity cost no money and brings excitement to everyone. For more information feel free to post and ask questions :)

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Comment by Barry's wife on April 13, 2010 at 8:28am
Thank you.
Comment by Barry's wife on April 13, 2010 at 10:22am
I will. That is a very touching story :) I will have to say this is the hardest thing I have ever done in my life.
Comment by Barry's wife on April 13, 2010 at 4:36pm
Nah I believe I have an amazing boyfriend. He's always been there for me and now it's my turn to step it up.
Comment by Barry's wife on April 15, 2010 at 3:23pm
That really made me cry :( I got his first letters today too. Today has just been a wonderful day :)


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