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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. 

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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.

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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zac's belongings came today.  they were sitting on the porch when i got home from work.  i don't know why but i was so scared to open them.  i did and of course starting bawling.  it's only been a few days since he left and yet i find myself still not knowing how to react.  some days i feel like crying and then other days i try to continue on with my life knowing that he is okay and doing something wonderful for everyone.  but inside i continue to think about him and replay over and over in my mind the last things he said to us when he was able to call.  i also find that i am constantly checking my phone and i take it everywhere hoping that maybe he for some reason would be calling (although i know he won't be for another couple of weeks).  i noticed to that the notebook we sent with everyones addresses came back.  not sure if he was able to write them somewhere else or doesn't have them at all.  how much longer will i have to wait for the "the letter" to come.  i can't stand not having any contact with him at all.  i want to write to him now but i guess we have to wait for his address.  i feel like by the time it comes and we are able to get mail to him it will be weeks with no communication.  i miss my son and his funny sense of humor just like his dad.....:(

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Comment by MattsMama Ship 02/Div 924 on March 1, 2012 at 7:13pm

I, too, got the box today.  Amazing how much emotion can be packed into a brown corrugated box.  Thinking of you and your family. 

Comment by prayforthesailors on March 2, 2012 at 6:16pm

Hi Zac's mom!  That box is absolutely heartwrenching.  It seems to make the seperation so complete.  But don't worry, that letter will come, it is mandatory.  The letters become such a lifeline.  The sailors live for your contact.  I have saved all my letters from boot camp.  It seems like striping them down to nothing brings them closer than ever to family.  They are so appreciative of their families after they've gone.  I miss getting those letters now that he is at Power School.  The phone calls are great, but it's not the same.  My advice is to start writing letters now, then send them out one at a time when you get the address, your sailor will love getting mail.  I teach in an Elementary school and I asked my clss if theyy's like to write and a bunch of them did.  My son was thrilled.  Once you get that address you can write him and include all the address that he might want.  Hang in there! 


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