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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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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."


**UPDATE - 2020**

Due to COVID there is no public PIR. The graduations are on Thursday, and the video of the graduation is posted on RTC's FaceBook on Friday at approx 3pm. Please keep in mind that a division may need to complete additional quarantine during training which will delay their graduation.

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 am terrified about my child enlisting ... anyone have tips?

I come from a family of hippies, tree huggers, make love not war.  And I have been taught to question authority, stay away from any type of government and military lifestyle because the truth gets blurred. 
I don’t actually agree with most of my families views but am not necessarily against it either. Obviously, paranoid thoughts about governmental agencies being bad are silly. And I respect the ones who fight to keep us safe so that others can sit in ignorance and privelage debating conspiracy theories. I have always felt so grateful for those who protect and serve. I raised my kids to show respect to our soldiers and give thanks for all they do. But I never imagined my child would decide that it was a path they would go and how to respond to the choice. I am totally against war, I do believe that training to protect our country changes a person. It’s heavy on the soul, learning how to kill is a decision that cannot be unlearned. Which is why I have so much respect for our military, and why I am terrified for my child. Can anyone offer insight about the process? My only image is some messed up middle aged man yelling at young adults and making them feel stupid or embarrassed. But I don’t think that’s the whole picture or at least I hope it’s not. Any thoughts and experiences?

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Comment by Chipmunk on March 22, 2021 at 11:42pm

Scared - It is past my bedtime and I don't think straight when it is late, but I wanted you to know that someone was responding to you and not just viewing your post. I also see you have joined the BC Mom group. That is a great group to be. Make sure when you go to the group page, that you scroll down past the information, past the discussion area and come to the comment area. That is where we do our daily chatter and more people will see messages that you post there and respond to them than maybe they will to this. 

I honestly am not sure how to respond to your post, but I will say, I think all of us moms are hesitant in one way or another to send our children off to the military. As for BC there is a lot of yelling and it is something your SR (seaman recruit) will need to get use to. 

Hugs and be sure to read the information on the BC Mom group page. 

Comment by Scared2letuhavehim on March 23, 2021 at 6:27am
Thank you for responding and also for pointing me in the right direction! I appreciate your kindness. Peace be with you
Comment by Chipmunk on March 23, 2021 at 11:35am

You are very welcome!! I saw you posted in the BC Mom group, I hope you saw the others who replied to you. I am a little hit and miss this morning but I wanted to reply to you again here. 

Life is not easy and nothing we do is always with a guarantee that all will be okay. I think you know that, but the fear and the uncertainty is something as Moms many of us struggle with. 

Comment by Chipmunk on March 24, 2021 at 12:50am

I got you accepted to the Christian Navy Moms group, I apologize for the delay. It has been a long day for me. 

Comment by Scared2letuhavehim on March 24, 2021 at 5:39am

Thank you! I hope the long day was not too bad! If ever you find yourself needing something I could help with... I am here. In this space I do not feel I have much to offer, but I am a good listener and am willing to help 24/7. My son started the enlistment today but as you probably know, it’s a process and I have plenty of time to write letters, create care packages, or other things needed. I am so grateful to be here. Before I found this site I had decided it was time for me to let go and let God guide the way, it has been such a humbling reminder of trusting we are safe in His love.

Comment by Chipmunk on March 24, 2021 at 10:42am

Scared - Thank you for your offer. I will send you a friend request. When you accept it, then we can send messages via what we refer to as PMs. Private messages. They are not visible on the site here to anyone else, but they do still go via an email feed to your personal inbox and to your Inbox on your My Page. 

I can fill you in on my busy day more in a PM. 

Comment by Glenni on May 12, 2021 at 11:30pm


You and your son will both be in my thoughts and prayers. My son ended up getting a NROTC scholarship and will graduate and commission in December. However, his senior year of high school he did enlist, and would have been an enlisted nuke if he hadn't received the scholarship. Encourage your son to prepare well for the ASTB if he hasn't already taken it so that he will have some good options.  

Right now my son is on a brief active duty tour with an aviation unit and has been very impressed with how the officers and enlisted interact and respect one another. My son doesn't want to kill people. He wants to serve and protect our country. That's why he is hoping to become a helo pilot instead of a fighter pilot. Of course, he understands that situations can occur in the military if your are in a conflict where you don't have a choice. There are lots of jobs in the Navy, though, that don't have sailors on the front line facing the enemy directly.


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