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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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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.

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...after she landed a few minutes ago.  She said they won't be allowed to use their phones anymore so I'll get the "I'm here and I'm fine" call in a little while, I guess.

It is a little strange but I haven't cried.  I think it is because after the recruits came out of their travel arrangement briefing, K was made the "group leader" of the Navy recruits.  I think it gave her the confidence she needed to get over that last bit of nerves.  That's not to say that in about 3 hours she won't be shaking in her boots (literally, she left 60 degree weather). But her confidence was almost like a gift to me. 

One small wait tonight before I know I will cry myself to sleep.  Oh well, that's part of being a Navy mom!

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Comment by BunkerQB on January 23, 2012 at 9:53pm

 I noticed you haven't joined the boot camp moms group yet - you probably should. I think you'll benefit from seeing videos, the diagram of the barracks (ships) and other information in this guide.  Good luck to you and your daughter - it looks like it'll be smooth sailing for her.

Start looking for the box and then the all important form letter.  good luck.

Comment by mom2kandq on January 23, 2012 at 11:06pm
I was trying not to jump the gun. I will join the bc group after I get her official "I'm here and okay" call. Silly, I know, but...
Comment by BunkerQB on January 24, 2012 at 1:01am

I do understand. We want our kids to do well. Sometimes it hurts us more than it hurts them when something goes wrong. I am sure she'll be OK. The Navy has done this for a long time. With the economy, only the really good ones are getting through and being sent to boot camp.  My sailor will be done with his commitment in about 70 days. Your journey is starting out.  Enjoy the ride.

Comment by Steph68 on January 24, 2012 at 8:05pm

Was she able to use her cell phone until they landed?  My son left this morning at 4:30 am for MEPS and we have not heard from him since.  I wanted at least a text to say when he would be boarding the plane. 

Comment by mom2kandq on January 24, 2012 at 8:46pm

Stephanie, she called from MEPS to let us know what time her swearing is was (we only live about 30 minutes away so we were able to jump in the car and go up and, of course, wait.  She texted when she was seated and then again when the plane landed.  On her way to the USO (I am guessing that's where she was going) she made a quick call, "before I can't use my phone again" to let me know they were upgraded to 1st class and that she was ready to start.  Then the call from her cell around 10:00 her time.  You will hear from him soon, I am sure.  And remember, no news really IS good news.

Comment by kazsmom on January 25, 2012 at 12:48am
I am also very new to this...but very proud! My daughter (K also..) Left today for bootcamp. We were able to spend time with her before she left and I did get a text from her when she waiting for the call to come! This has been a very bittersweet day...very sad to see her go but so proud and excited for her! I have cried a lot and I'm sure the tears will come and go for a long time! Just knowing that I have the support of other Navy moms will help me get through these very tough times! Any suggestions/advice is always greatly appreciated! Saying prayers for all of our Navy Sailors.....


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