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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.

OPSEC - Navy Operations Security

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.

Please see changes to attending PIR in the PAGES column. The PAGES are located under the member icons on the right side.

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Took my son to leave for Meps today! HE leaves for boot camp in the morning! My heart is proud, my mind is a blurr, I cant stop crying, will it go away?

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Comment by SOProud on June 13, 2011 at 8:27pm

My son left today as well, and you describe exactly how I feel. It seems so surreal. I cant wait until these 8 weeks are over !

Comment by kathys~Shelby's~Mom on June 14, 2011 at 9:57am

8 weeks??  My daughter told me it is 12 weeks.  My mind also is a blur...I'm so nervous, have never had to deal with anything like this before and I know NOTHING about what to expect.


Comment by deedees473 on June 14, 2011 at 10:43am
I spoke to Kyle last night at the hotel in cleveland. Hes trying to be brave and not make me worry! He leaves today for O'hare the boot camp, just wish I new what time all this will take place!I have never felt this lonely!
Comment by kathys~Shelby's~Mom on June 14, 2011 at 2:17pm

Ugh.....I really hate seeing comments like yours.  It makes me more nervous than ever....good luck and hope it gets easier for you.


Comment by deedees473 on June 14, 2011 at 5:22pm
Im sorry dont mean to make you upset! I did just speek to him! he and 9 other boys are waiting for there plane to leave from Cleveland, they have a long wait! not until 850 this evening! he sounded in good spirits! I think what people are saying is true... eaiser on them then on the parent!
Comment by kathys~Shelby's~Mom on June 14, 2011 at 5:40pm

Thats okay....I understand how you feel.  Mine goes for MEPS tomorrow....I'm not really sure what to expect from there. When, where, how long,where after that, does she come many unanswered questions I think is very unsettling.  I wish you and yours the best of luck....


Comment by deedees473 on June 14, 2011 at 6:50pm

Hi Kathys...

I went through that for a year with my son Kyle! he made more than 1 trip to MEPS! Hang in there

Comment by Lyndsi on June 15, 2011 at 4:03am

Hi ladies, 

My boyfriend/ love of my life left for bc yesterday. I have done a lot of researching on what to expect and i hope i can help put your minds at ease a little bit. Unfortunately you wont be receiving a personal letter until the second or third week of boot-camp. After that they can write every sunday for the rest of the time there. About the 3rd or 4th week into it is when they will find out when graduation is granted that everything goes well, you will receive a letter telling you the dates. During this time they may also be able to make a phone call home and i stress the word MAY. In order to call home they will need a phone card with plenty of minutes ( not quite sure if they can get those there so i recommend sending one with one of your first letters, also include a book of stamps if possible), don't be surprised if you do not get a call its a stressful time for the recruits and there are many factors that play into it. The first few weeks are the toughest and the crying will come and go when you see little things that they would enjoy or remind you of them but remember that you must stay strong and fill your letters with words of encouragement and praise. They have so many things going through their head while there considering it is a rough life changing experience that the worse thing to do would be to put the weight of your worry and sadness on them as well. It is just as hard on them as it is us but be their support system and know that every day they are thinking about you just as often as you are them. Sorry for the long comment but i hope this helped :)

Comment by kathys~Shelby's~Mom on June 15, 2011 at 9:54am

Thank you SOOO much Lundsi for the information.  You sound like you are seasoned, apparently your researching has paid off.  Your comments regarding how the parent feels or in your case the girlfriend, make alot of sense and I have really been trying to be conscious of not showing my sadness too much.  Its just so hard to let go of my babygirl.  I wish the best for you and you hang in there too.



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