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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

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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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At 2:28am on October 1, 2012, Connie(Memphis Belle) said…

ok so let's see if we can figure this Sailor arrived in Pcola 9-30-10 and he graduated on  FRIDAY, April 22, 2011.  his time in Pcola was pretty much normal and he had orders BEFORE he graduated.  MarineNavyMom's girl graduated before my son BUT her orders were on "hold" and she waited an additional SIX weeks before hopping over to Keesler AFB at Biloxi.  once your Peace Chick starts A school you'll have more to ponder if she can make it to her brother's graduation. i wish i could be more help to you now but for now it's all pretty much a guessing game. i am truly impressed on how you are really working hard in understanding your daughter's new Navy Life!!! i am going to send you an email with tips you might want to pass along to your Sailor Girl about life while she is in Pcola.

At 11:29pm on September 30, 2012, Connie(Memphis Belle) said…

Happy you are so welcome!  brother graduating a date yet?  if it's on a Friday i would guess she stands a pretty good chance.  if she is already in A school....then it might depend on her class standing.  and yes she does have a LOT of schooling ahead.  ATIs have one of the most intense trainings.  after she gets her orders from A school you'll know where she's headed....sea or shore.  i hear the Navy is tightening up and EVERYONE is going to do sea duty....sooner rather than later. i LOVE her graduation pic...Peace out!  hehehehe  what a chicka!!!!

At 4:58am on September 6, 2012, FireTeamLeaderWife aka FTLW said…

Now, that's not're not allowed to make me cry! LOL 

You are very welcome...and CONGRATULATIONS on your New Sailor! Have a blast at the Meet and Greet and a fantastic time at PIR and on Liberty!

At 4:09pm on August 31, 2012, sharbear36(ship 9 div 288) said…

I can't wait either.  I finally talked to Questioning Serenity and not a mom with a son Spencer mentioned. I wish I could find some more but it is what it is.  I'm going to make my own ribbon I guess, My last name is too long  :(  I sent Lala a message about it and she didn't respond yet but I know she's working.  I don't want a navy mom one because I'd like people to know my sons last name when we meet.  I just get a longer ribbon.  My friend is really crafty so I can get it done. 

At 7:55pm on August 28, 2012, daubersmom said…

Hey there, no phone call yet but letters.. He said he is the Ship Staff Yeoman, they are doing good.. Yep its almost time for PIR.. I am so excited and hopefully I will get to meet you there...

At 1:06pm on August 24, 2012, diannep said…

:-)   :-)

At 9:04pm on August 22, 2012, GoAway'sMom - ship 11 Div 279 said…

Hello Happy Feet, I signed up for the Ramada Meet and Greet as soon as I got my son's letter letting me know when he PIR'ed. I also made reservations there but have since cancelled. I am planning on going to Sarges and NOT the Ramada one. I too am looking forward to meeting every one.

At 1:31pm on August 21, 2012, BMANSMOM(ship09DIV288) said…
Hey Stacy i got a letter. Heard back about hotel it is on main base our graduation passes will not get us on main base. Can you let everyone know. Not sure what i am going to do. Talk some more tonight.
At 8:45pm on August 20, 2012, BMANSMOM(ship09DIV288) said…

Hey Stacy, I e-mailed the Public Affairs Office about the gate pass and will let you know when I hear something.  My SR said that they were going to the firing range on Friday to do live fire.  He said they got 2 flags on Thursday one for PFA (personal fitness assessment) and one for zone inspection.  That is where all of their clothes get check to make sure they are folded right.  He said their division got 4.75 out of 5.0.  He is telling me a lot more which I am very glad.  I will let you know if I hear anything else.

At 8:16pm on August 20, 2012, BMANSMOM(ship09DIV288) said…

Hi Stacy, I got a letter today, great surprise I usually get them on Thursday.  He sounds so up-beat which makes me very happy.  He is doing very well.  Yes I am going to the meet and greet, will be in early want to check things out.  I am wanting to find out about the division shirts that I saw something about before, do you know anything about them?  I let you know what I find out.

At 1:07pm on August 20, 2012, BMANSMOM(ship09DIV288) said…
Hey Stacy I am staying at the gateway inn and was told that i just needed my pass to get on the base. I am going to double check that. I hope you had a good weekend. Still holding onto my phone tightly just in case. I am now counting days i can't wait to see the boy i sent that has turned into a man. I hope you have a good day and just in case i have not said so THANK YOU for all the advice and support.
At 7:19pm on August 16, 2012, TerriM (Ship 09 / Div 288) said…

Hey Stacy,

Yes, I got a letter this week and he had his wisdom teeth out last week. Was on bed rest for 2 days and light duty on 1. Said he missed his phone call but should get a make up call on August 10. (did not) He said that the division was talking to much and getting in trouble... IT were coming.  Just wish he would call because I have some questions that I really need to ask him.  TTYL

At 9:37pm on August 14, 2012, BMANSMOM(ship09DIV288) said…

Hi Stacey, yes I am going for PIR.  It is sad but I am not sure what he ended up going in as there were some changes at the last minute I know he is going into engineering.  I have gotten 2 full letters and 1 short one but would really love to hear his voice.  He is my youngest so it is kinda hard after it being just me and him for over 5 years.  I am really glad there are moms like you I can talk with it will really help.  Thanks


At 8:45pm on August 12, 2012, TerriM (Ship 09 / Div 288) said…

oops deleted my post by mistake.  Sorry. Anyway just waiting for the phone call or more letters.

At 2:55pm on August 6, 2012, ryt2me said…

We haven't gotten a call yet either.  Only the one letter....still anxiously awaiting a phone call or another letter.  I have been reading posts about parents getting calls because their kids have been, maybe I don't want a phone call right now. That would be horrible.  I hope we hear from our kids soon.  Natalie

At 5:46am on August 6, 2012, ryansmom12 said…
Thank you for the help. I feel very lost.
At 7:09pm on August 5, 2012, Connie821 said…
My son is actually thinking CT, but I am trying to steer him towards the airwing. I know he would hate to be locked in a box for 12 hr shifts. We live in Vancouver and I grew up in Beaverton. Even worked at Bonneville Dam. So did your daughter have choice of FTS or active duty? What did the contract say? I mean language for naval reserve or active. Connie
At 10:54am on August 4, 2012, Proudmomof2navysailors Div 285 said…

Well, today is a better day. I wish I could talk to my son with the shin splints. He was going to medical yesterday. I just want to know if it actually is shin splints or if it is more muscle strain. hopefully, he will remember to update me in his next letter. haha If not, maybe his brother will. How are things for you?

At 7:16pm on July 30, 2012, TerriM (Ship 09 / Div 288) said…

So what is the Sarge's Meet and Greet? Where is that held?

At 2:23pm on July 30, 2012, TerriM (Ship 09 / Div 288) said…

So I booked the Navy Lodge today for our stay. Sept 6 - 8. Will get to meet you in person.

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