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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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A little about me:
I'm a Navy Veteran and a Special Needs teacher.
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When I heard “Navy,” I...
Was proud and encouraged it
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To keep my eyes and ears open and never turn down an opportunity to learn something new.
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It was positive and maturing. Our relationship has grown stronger.

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Special pen-pals

Posted on November 27, 2012 at 8:11pm 1 Comment

I decided today that I want to do something that will involve my students in the process I'm going through. I teach special needs middle school students; mostly autistic kids and those with mild to moderate mental disabilities. They all know Sarah, as she has volunteered in my classroom many times. They knew she was going into the Navy, but I only shared with them today that she is gone to bc. (one of my girls asked why I seem so sad lately.) I know that some recruits don't get a lot of mail,… Continue

Waiting to hear

Posted on November 23, 2012 at 2:36pm 12 Comments

My girl went to boot camp on Nov. 14. I have had 1 phone call, and she was a mess. I have had no letter yet, not even the formal one that gives details about graduation. We didn't even get a call on Thanksgiving. I went to Navy boot camp 25 years ago, so I know what she's going through...I remember the utter exhaustion and bitter loneliness. I remember 80 other girls who liked and hated me alternately, depending on what time of the month it was. I just wish I knew how she is doing.

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At 7:24pm on January 13, 2013, jomama132000(ship12Div053) said…

Hi Christe Im glad she could help!  It was a great day indeed!! We got to spend a few hours with Ash ( she had watch that evening) and then we got to see her off at the airport before she left for Monterey saturday morning, the good thing is now we can talk and text each other. I hope you had a great weekend with your daughter, I'm sure you did. They have made us VERY PROUD MAMAS!!!!  :)

At 11:12pm on January 7, 2013, jomama132000(ship12Div053) said…

just message me

At 8:39pm on January 7, 2013, jomama132000(ship12Div053) said…

Blue candle?? yes we are flying out thursday staying at americas best..planning on going to sarges meet and greet. Did you get a call?? I didnt just woundering about the I'm a sailor call.

At 9:41pm on December 27, 2012, jomama132000(ship12Div053) said…

Hi Bella7177 hope you had a nice christmas...been a little stressed and working some xtra hours trying to get to pir..i havent even booked a room yet..rrrr are you going to a meet and greet??? I talked with my daughter yesterday she was doing ok..she said they are doing the cofidence chamber next week and feels like time has stopped but in all sounded good. Sometimes I feel so overwhelmed on this site sooo i tend to check it out every now and then right now. Hope everything is well with you?! 

At 9:14am on December 8, 2012, KatsMom said…

Bella7177, I'm still figuring out how to navigate this site, so disregard my question about if you've heard from her.  After I posted that I saw where the rest of the posts were.  I hope your girl is feeling better!  It's hard for them to be there sick.  It's hard for us too, because we can't help them and can't ask them every hour if they are feeling better.  Hang in there!

At 9:08am on December 8, 2012, KatsMom said…

HI Bella7177; thanks for the note.  It's so helpful to know there is someone else who thinks they "shouldn't" be worried or sad because we know what boot camp is like and we survived it.  You really hit the nail on the head when you said it's because we just can't be there for them.  I have total confidence that my daughter will do fine, but I'm used to being her sounding board about most everything -- that lack of communication now is the hardest thing.  Have you heard from your daughter yet?

At 8:58pm on December 6, 2012, jomama132000(ship12Div053) said…

HI Bella7177..LOL.... yup thats my girl..makeing spit bubbles!! she has been doing that forever my lovely brother taught her that!! LOL..My daughter called over the weekend and told me about how your daughter said "hey my mom is talking to a mom from Maine..Hey wait..your from Maine!"..she thought that was pretty funny and cool at the same time.she said they all think its funny and tease her that she just goes with the flow and doesnt let anything get to her.  But in general its sounds as though they are doing well. I got a letter today telling me she is the religous petty officer so now insted of free time on sundays that takes most of it( ha..nobody would volunteer so she did) but thats ok.

At 11:59am on December 1, 2012, jomama132000(ship12Div053) said…

good morning Bella7177..just seeing how its going ?! I finally got the first letter short but sweet. I been lucky this week and got a couple of phone calls from her because of secruity stuff so it gave us a couple of minutes. she has a cold and sore throat but she is hanging on cinn. toast crunch 3 times a day..LOL..sometimes nothing really changes..LOL!

At 8:52am on November 27, 2012, Proud Mom of Justin said…
Thanks for the friend requests. I'm still learning this sight. Sorry about spelling my phone changes things. So glad to be connected to other people feeling like me. Everyone at my work have not had children yet so they just don't understand. Keep the faith
At 10:31pm on November 26, 2012, jomama132000(ship12Div053) said…

Hi Bella7177 my day was ok thanks how about yours? you shouldnt have to do anything to the phonecard, it gets activated when you buy it and then she will dial the number with the pin its all on the phone card itself .


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