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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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So, this post might be a little boring...but I am posting so other newbies know what to expect.

We've been able to talk to our son several times...still has a cellphone.  Last night "they" took the SR's at the hotel to dinner and then had a meeting at 10 pm to discuss what will happen today.  4:30 this morning they took him and the others back to MEPS.  He said lots of sitting around and paper work occurred.  He sworn in again as active duty.  Around 12, the SR's were put on a bus to head to the airport.  I think the most exciting part of the day was he received a military discount at Starbucks...he even sent me a pic of the receipt.  LOL...that is my boy.

I just talked to him.  His flight got into Chicago about 30 minutes ago.  He sounded tired...but upbeat.  His recruiter put this on his Facebook page today after someone wished my son good luck..."You don't need luck, just remember, there are Navy Men and dudes who join the Navy, pick one."  I reminded him of that as we hung up.  
One of the things that hit me yesterday is that I've been so concerned about me and how I felt about all of today I decided to change my perspective.  Not to say I don't/won't miss him...but I'm going to make it about him...not me.  I'm going to be a Navy mom instead of a mom of a dude that joined the Navy.  ;)

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Comment by eljac913 (Ship 12 Div 053) on January 18, 2012 at 8:51pm

Great positive outlook!  You will be fine and so will he.  :)

Comment by ZachsDad (ship03/div089 ) on January 18, 2012 at 9:05pm

We are all together in this.  I enjoyed the military discount!

Comment by kat09-88Texas on January 18, 2012 at 10:33pm

Just to let you know my son is at BC arrive last night

Comment by Tracie on January 19, 2012 at 12:12am

I love it! One of the last text messages mine sent was "Having my last Starbucks." How funny! Thanks for the positive attitude - it helps remind me to be positive. Ohh by the way, mine left on Jan. 3rd. He is on ship 02, Div. 914. Good luck Navy Mom <3

Comment by IndianaBounsMom on January 19, 2012 at 11:40am

Far from boring..........I'm inspired by your post! Thanks for sharing!


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