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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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Well, Let The Journey Begin! We have A Basic Training Date and a Position of AIRC

Well, He did it!  My son has officially signed up  with the United States Navy and I  need  any and all information anyone would like to share about their experience or more importantly anyone that is involved with the title and description of AIRC.  This may be premature but im finding the more informed I am, the better I feel about the process. 


Thank you in advance for your time!


One proud Mom!

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Comment by NavyMom93 (DIV: 823) on October 6, 2011 at 8:45am


You are in the right place for information. You can also get information from the RTC's website. So far, my experience is only 4 weeks into boot camp and it's been hard getting this far. Well for me it is, not for my son according to his letters. When does your son leave? It sounds strange but first have your son make a box for you of a few of his favorite things, even cologne. On your sad, emotional wreck days, open that box and stick your nose it in. It will help, plus being able to hold something of his other than clothing helps too. I open the one my son made a few times a week. Once he gets there you'll get a short phone call, him telling you "I'm here" and maybe a few other things if he has the time. It's a short call. Mine lasted about 20 seconds. Then you'll get the "Kid in a box." Everything he takes to boot camp will be sent home. Mine sent his to his dad's house so I'm not sure what all he got to keep. I do know what he took with him though. Then you'll get a form letter with his address and stuff you will need for PIR. Keep this letter! He will be able to write a short letter on it. It will be about 2 weeks before he'll be able to write you a real letter and they are only allowed to write on Sunday but get mail every day. I write my son every day, even before I had his address. Emotionally, for you...get ready for the roller coaster. You'll go through every emotion thinkable. Come here and blog what you're feeling. Not only does it let us know that you need a shoulder, but it also helps you get the emotions out. It's not good to hold them in. The biggest thing...ask questions. From my experience, there is always someone who knows the answer or can point you in the right direction to find it. These ladies are the best in the world and without them, I wouldn't be able to handle this. On week 4, I feel more pride than sadness and I never thought I would say that. I hope this helps. Please don't hesitate to write, I always answer :)


Comment by Cubmom (Ship 07 Division 009) on October 6, 2011 at 9:26am
My son left on Oct. 3, 2011 and its terrible.  seems like all I do is cry.  One minute im fine and then the next minute I'm crying.  I did get the phone call that he made it and that was the best phone call I have had.....Every day, I carry my cell phone thinking he might call and I DON"T want to miss that call.  My family has been good but, I do believe they are tired of me crying and's so hard Kenny and I are best friends and we talked everyday.  For the past 3 weeks he was at home with me everyday.. We had him just stop working and enjoy sleeping and doin things with his friends before he left.  I know he is fine and I know this is what he wants to do but, I feel like part of my heart is gone.........thanks for listening so sorry i am a cry baby!!!  it's nice though to know that others are feeling the same things....


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