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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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**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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Was the voice mail message left to me from my step son on Tuesday, January 11th. Oh how I hated that I missed that call, but the voice mail he left me made my heart smile. “Ms. Paulie, I passed my test! I’m gonna be a NUKE” my step son excitingly yells into my voice mail. “Call me back, I might miss your call I’m going to be helping my grandparents. I love you Ms. Paulie! THANK YOU for everything you’ve done for me!” (A voice mail message I will not delete from my phone)


Tears fill my eyes as I recall the moment of listening to that voice mail and hearing the excitement in his voice. My stepson was 8 going on 9 when he came into my life. During the years since I’ve watched him find his self, become a man and struggle with that life changing decision of what to do after high school. College or enlistment?  The decision to enlist was one made of his own accord, and the pride my husband and I share for him is overwhelming. His personal need to serve his country is commendable, to say the least.  


I digress…….. In the interim of missing my stepson’s call and returning it, I got a call from my husband, “Have you talked to Thad?” my reply “I missed his call and was about to call him back.” “Call him, then call me back” my husband remarked.


Needless to say my conversation with my stepson was emotional, exciting and prideful!

He proceeded to tell me that he had the opportunity to stop off at him mom’s office to share the news, personally with her. What a wonderful mom/son moment. I’m personally grateful they were able to share in this moment.


I was the third person who was given the exciting news, Mom, dad then me. The boy knows his chain of command. LoL! :-D


After hanging up from my stepson, I returned the call to my husband. “Did you talk to him?” My husband asked. “Yes’ I replied. “I’m SO proud of my son, he has become a man overnight, one of which a father could not be more proud of!” I could hear my husband’s voice crack as he went on to tell me about his conversation with his son.


I can not even begin to express how blessed I am to be a part of this! With my stepson’s blessing, I am able to embark on this next step in his life with him, which is truly an honor.


He signed his contract this past Friday, and will be heading off to Great Lakes Naval base for basic training this October, then off to nuke school, a schooling that will require all of his time, attention and focus. I have personally seen the drive in his eyes, the drive that will give him to tools he needs for success.


Congratulations to you, my dear Thad! And THANK YOU for allowing me to journey this road with you. 

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Comment by Connie (Ship03 Div 070) on January 16, 2012 at 6:46pm

Congratulations to him.  My son is in boot camp now and is excited to be a NUKE.  I understand your pride.

Comment by IndianaBounsMom on January 16, 2012 at 7:38pm
Congrats! To you, mom and to your son. This is such an exciting endeavor. :-)
Comment by PalmBeachNavy/Marine on January 16, 2012 at 9:36pm

thats awesome! congrats


Comment by IndianaBounsMom on January 17, 2012 at 8:31am

Thank you, Misshimalready. :-)

Comment by Jo1 on January 17, 2012 at 11:14am

 Congratulations to all of you.  My son graduated BC last May and is a Nuke also.  He has graduated from A school and is waiting for Power School to start.

Comment by IndianaBounsMom on January 17, 2012 at 11:27am

Thank you, Jo1, We are all so very proud of him. Congrats to you and your son!

Comment by suzyqnj2002 on January 29, 2012 at 1:20pm

Congratulations to Thad!  We've been working through this process for months and I know how elated you must feel.  My son got a 92 on the ASVAB two weeks ago and qualifies for Nuke also.  He's going to MEPS tomorrow.  Can someone tell me how this works?  What happens next?  When does he sign a contract?  Is that the same as enlisting?  When will he start basic?

I don't know much about this process.  Any help is appreciated.

Comment by IndianaBounsMom on February 6, 2012 at 1:01pm

Suzygnj2002, Thank you! We are all so very excited for him and proud. I wish I could assist you with your questions, unfortunately; we have just begun the process our selves. From what I gather the next step is a final MEPS processing, swearing in then off to boot camp. There are a lot of resources on this page.  Navy Nuke MM – Mom would be someone to look up, who has been through the process and is willing to guide us newbie’s through. I wish you and your son the very best.  Please keep me updated on his progress.


Garcialisak, you should be proud, you’re a part of your stepson’s life and he is moving on to do something great for himself and our county! He is a bonus in your life and you in his. Enjoy sharing in the experience with him!  :-D

Comment by calsup on February 11, 2012 at 12:08pm

girls..just a reminder...your kid isn't a "nuke" till they graduate prototype and get their first duty station...congrats on being proud of the fact that they at least qualify to begin the training


Comment by IndianaBounsMom on February 13, 2012 at 8:31am

Thank you, Calsup. I am aware that my stepson will have to complete the required schooling before he is an actual "Nuke" however; the fact that he was accepted into the schooling and the journey it self, is exciting. 


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