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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 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).  

Specific information on this policy change will be provided in the coming days and weeks.

We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience and appreciate your support.


RTC Graduation

**UPDATE 6/23/2022 - MASK MANDATE IS LIFTED -  Vaccinations still 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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Our son reports to Great Lakes today. Leaving him last night at MEPS in Columbia, SC was so hard but we kept strong until we drove away. He is making it easier on us because he is so excited. He was already enjoying meeting new guys and girls at MEPS. We are so proud of him. I cried so hard on the way back to Charleston and I couldn't get to sleep last night but I couldn't wait to thank all of you today who have given me so much information. I need to keep busy and write him and try not to focus on what he is going through tonight. Thank God for a job to be able to go to to try to keep things busy. Thanks so much and I am grateful to have all of you.


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Comment by Tamme on July 14, 2009 at 2:54pm
Thanks. I just got a call from him from the bus to the airport. It was so exciting to hear his voice and dread the "last call" tonight. I hope he can call me again before he gets on the plane. He sounded excited at least and not nervous. There are ten of them travelling from Charleston and it is now a direct flight.
Comment by Tamme on July 14, 2009 at 3:47pm
Thanks so much, Donna. I pray that it goes by very fast for him. I am sure it will since they keep them sooo busy.
Comment by Tamme on July 14, 2009 at 5:16pm
Thanks, Sandy. It is so hard to stop trying to picture what he is doing. It's easy right now because I believe he is on a plane to Chicago hopefully getting a nap. They woke them at 3:00 a.m. to wait for their swearing in and bus to the airport. Tonight my mind will be racing to other things - the yelling and rushing around.
Comment by Tamme on July 14, 2009 at 5:39pm
LynnDe62, maybe our sons will be in the same division (or whatever its called). It is great that you have had the experience. "Talk" with you tomorrow morning. By the way, my sisters live in Bradenton.
Comment by Tamme on July 15, 2009 at 11:07am
I received my call at 1:30 our time which I believe is 12:30 their time. He didn't sound stressed but his voice sounded tired, yet very clear. They let him use his cell phone. Sandy, how long last night until they let them go to bed? I couldn't get to sleep worrying about what he was going through. It is going to kill me until I find out what division they are all in.
Comment by Tamme on July 15, 2009 at 11:34am
I thought I'd give the recruiter a couple of days too before I call. I'm so sorry you didn't get the call.
Comment by Tamme on July 15, 2009 at 3:51pm
It is 3:50 in the afternoon and I can't get the pit out of deep in my stomach that my young son is laying around with his wisdom teeth unnecessarily yanked out. Sandy, any insight on this? Do they do this to all recruits no matter what? Thanks.
Comment by Tamme on July 16, 2009 at 2:06pm
I wonder why he couldn't call? That is definitely a great excuse to call the recruiter. Then maybe you can get an address. Did you read the funny blog about the kid in the box?
Comment by Tamme on July 16, 2009 at 3:52pm
Wow that is fast. Maybe we got ours today too. That's terrible the recruiter is on vacation. No letter in the box? I guess probably not since they sent them out so quickly. It does amaze me they send them Fed Ex. Sure hope they have a great discount.
Comment by Tamme on July 16, 2009 at 5:24pm
My son kept saying it would be Sept 3 but I'm not positive it would be either since we don't even have a division number yet. That is Labor Day Weekend so it could make it more expensive as well. Flights are good right now but it is hard to book them even with a graduation date in case he is held back for any reason. We need to stay positive but you just never know. Going in at 5'5" and 112 pounds, I worry so much about him getting sick and held back.


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