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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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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."

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.

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I thought i read somewhere that as much as you want to give your Sailor a gift they cannot take back with them, can anyone who has "been there, done that", confirm that and at what point can they take a gift that you bought for them...any input would be great!  THANKS!

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Comment by Anti M on August 17, 2012 at 6:30pm

It is true unless they are going to school in Great Lakes, in which case they can have them after they check into their new barracks room on Friday afternoon.  Of they are flying out on Saturday, you can give them their gift at the airport.  Noting goes back into RTC side of the base.  

Comment by sailorwifenmom on August 17, 2012 at 10:16pm

Yep - what Anti M said, nothing can go back with them into the RTC side.  Also, unless they are going to A school there in Great Lakes, whatever you do bring to give to them, I would suggest having it be small.  You can meet up with them at the airport the next day and give it to them then, but keep in mind, they have ALL their gear that they're transporting, too... So, you're talking a full (and fairly heavy) seabag and a full backpack. 

We brought our son's laptop for him and a small external hard drive with a bunch of family pictures and things on it, and the phone that he wanted to get while he was on liberty.  Other than that, I would suggest mailing it to him once he gets to his A school, or, if you want to see him get it, show it to him, then take it back with you to mail it :-)

Congrats on the upcoming PIR :-)

Comment by lemonelephant on August 17, 2012 at 10:19pm

There are only a few gifts that Sailors can take back to the RTC.  Those gifts include a watch that meets Navy standards, a NEX card, a Bible, and a small cross or religious medalion.  Almost any other gift would have to wait until after leaving the RTC (either at the airport or A School).

Comment by Leisa Ship13 Div309 Grad 9-28 on August 18, 2012 at 8:40am


Comment by sable on August 20, 2012 at 7:37pm
What would be an appropriate Navy watch? Would a Navy ring witith PIR date engraved on it be an approprriate gift ? Would they be able to take the ring with them from liberty? Greatly appreciate the advice. Out of the two what do you think would be the most desirable? I like the laptop idea but I think I'll wait till Christmas on that.
Comment by lemonelephant on August 20, 2012 at 7:45pm

Some Sailors like to pick out their watch based on the requirements of their rating, so you could check in the group for your future Sailor's rating to see if there is anything that they look for in a watch or wait and pick out a watch with your new Sailor. There is a place in the NEX to order rings--I think it is with Josten's. Some Sailors do not wear rings because they are a hazard, so I'd go with the watch. Also, iPads offer more versatility than a laptop.

Comment by lemonelephant on August 20, 2012 at 7:55pm

Wedding rings are permitted at the RTC, but not other rings.


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