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Join groups!  Browse for groups for your PIR date, your sailor's occupational specialty, "A" school, assigned ship, homeport city, your own city or state, and a myriad of other interests. Jump in and introduce yourself!  Start making friends that can last a lifetime.

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. 

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."

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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Forgive the long blog but just putting on here what my heart has on it...My Dad served in the Army from 1945-1948. He rarely talked about it although he served during peace time. Different era back then. We saw some random pics of the cobblestone streets of Germany every once in a rare while and he would answer questions if directly asked. Move forward 55 years...I married a man who served in the Marines from 1983-1989. He was proud of his time served and discussed his service regularly. My son, his step son, was in awe of everything military and history in general. I knew from the time SR was 10 years old he would join the military. I thought for a while it would be the Marines since he wanted to be just like "Dad". As he grew into his teenage years it became apparent that his personality would not be a good "fit" for the Marine branch as he is one of the most empathetic and compassionate young men you will ever meet. He sometimes wears his heart on his sleeve even though he has gotten better about it with age. My husband's father served in the Navy and he and my son were very close. He passed away unexpectedly in April of 2018. After that happened, it seemed my son focused more and more toward learning about the Navy. He began taking welding classes at school and found his "calling". He is an excellent welder! When the recruiters showed up at his high school he found that the Navy offered the best opportunities for him to be able to continue to weld while enlisted. He wanted to be part of the Seabees unit, but there were no openings for him so he has decided upon a Mine man position. Just being honest here but I was NOT a very happy Mama about that decision! Just the name of that position makes my stomach hurt a little! LOL! After MUCH discussion and prayer, I am just giving it to Jesus and being excited for my son! He has Senioritis so badly and just wants to get his military career started. He is loving DEP and counting down his days to leave for bootcamp in August. I could not be prouder of my son for wanting to serve his country. I will pray for him daily and will pray for myself as well! HA! Limited access to him is gonna take some getting used to! :/

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Comment by B'sNukeMoM⚓️MMN on March 3, 2020 at 12:50pm

Ahhh the emotions are normal!  

You've come to the right place and we'll get you through this ;-D  Feel free to vent here whenever you want......join groups, read everything you can but don't let it overwhelm you....Your son will be fine - the important thing is that he is preparing himself (both physically and mentally) while he is in DEP.

He's got this mama and so do you!


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