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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.

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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. 

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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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Its Been A Week Since he Left

Posted on October 3, 2013 at 12:27pm 6 Comments

Its been One Week Since I Hugged My Son and watched him walk to his New Adventure One Week Since I have heard his Voice ... I took this Photo week before he left well because My Sons are my Favorite to Photograph and I knew I would want to remember him as he was in his day to day routine when he was at Home, Yes he was Happily playing video games in his room ... Now his Room Door is Closed I dont open it because the Clean, Empty Room…


Thank you Mr Fed Ex Man

Posted on October 3, 2013 at 3:10am 0 Comments

Today I have never been so Happy to see the Fed Ex Truck I even took a photo of it as it came up my Street haha!!!

I received My Kid in a Box today, I was releived to get it But as I opened it and saw his handwriting I broke out in tears, I miss My Son So Much...  I am Hoping for the Form Letter soon so I can start the Planning for PIR and so I can start sending him letters

His Bedroom door is shut so I dont have to see the empty room every time I walk by, he has a pair…


Never enough time / he's there

Posted on September 27, 2013 at 11:20am 8 Comments

So we took our last little trip with our Son to San Fran

It was a fun weekend with lots of laughs n memories

I remember last Friday thinking today was still a

Week away and we had plenty of time

It went by so fast !!!! He didn't get to do everything

He wanted but he got a lot done we got home n time

Went faster before I knew it we were watching him

Say goodbye to family n friends had our last family

Dinner n he was off to the hotel I felt like I had… Continue

No Control.... I dont like this feeling one bit

Posted on August 27, 2013 at 11:34am 10 Comments

O I do not like this feeling at all, I knew that when My Son Enlisted that My Parental Rights and say so for him was being signed away, that when the time came that I could no longer call the shots with My Boy, and I am not good at not being in control of my life,,,, but what is that quote when you are making plans , god is busy making others or something like that ....

well yesterday my son got a call from his recruiter and his day to leave for BC has been bumped up to…


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At 7:03pm on October 12, 2013, HuffyMom23 said…

I am sorry your phone call turned out the way it did.  I totally get how you feel.  When my son made his first call he sounded like he was trying everything not to cry.  Then when he admitted he was homesick, that hit me too.  I too felt down all week after that.  I had all these things going thru my mind about him.  As I told you the other day, our next phone call was better.  But, even after 3 calls, I still feel like he is trying to adjust to the mental part of bootcamp.  He told me in his letter I got Thursday, that he is taking it day by day, meal by meal, and just trying really hard on everything.

Until I hear him say he is positively glad he joined, I still am going to worry.  He has been gone 1 month and I keep thinking it will get better for him.  I also don't know how much of an opportunity they have to talk with the other recruits.  I think this whole process is easier for the older recruits.  My son is just 18 and this is the longest he has been away from home.  I have to think once they get thru BC, things will be a whole lot better.  I will be thinking about you and hope your next call is better!

At 12:22pm on October 5, 2013, HuffyMom23 said…

Hi!  I hope you are having a good day today.  We are having a birthday party for my mother tonight and I will be with one of my brothers who did 20 years in the Navy.  He always helps my spirits by telling me all of his bootcamp stories.  Just hearing those things seems to make me feel so much better for my son. 

My sons biggest thing will be dealing with the recruits that aren't taking this bootcamp serious yet.  He is very serious and wants to have a good division.  He wants nothing to happen that will penalize them from graduating on November 8th.  Sometimes I feel like he is an old man in a little kids body. lol  He seems too mature for his age.  Must take after his father.  :)  Hope everything is going well for your son.  When does he graduate?  Sorry if I am overwhelming you being so chatty.  I just love this being able to talk to mothers in the same situation.  Even though we all don't know each other, I still feel like we are friends.  I guess that is part of the feeling of a "Navy Family".

At 11:42pm on October 4, 2013, HuffyMom23 said…

Got another call from my son tonight.  We were so surprised.. He sounded like a different kid from the call we had on Sunday.  All these mothers that say each call will get better are right.  I have been down all week, and now I can feel a sense of relief.  Of course the whole time (37 minutes) we talked I had a hard time getting a word in.  He was so excited to tell us all that had been going on.  I kinda hogged the phone and his dad didn't get as much time talking to him.  Suddenly I heard that yell and it was time to hang up again.  Keep me posted on how things are going with you!

At 8:46pm on October 4, 2013, maika said…

Hi there.  It's very likely our boys probably do since my husband said they do a lot of team exercises so they are always working with other recruits.  Glad to know there are several people on here that have kids in the same division.  Hopefully we hear from them this weekend.  Keeping fingers crossed.

At 6:19pm on October 3, 2013, lemonelephant said…

You are very welcome.

At 1:43pm on October 3, 2013, AKNavyMom(Ship 3 Div 021) said…

I am actually from Alabama. I have lived in Alaska for 4 years and would not want to live anywhere else. I am hoping that my son's box gets here today. I just don't like the not knowing what is going on.  I think I will be a little more at ease when I get the letter. Hope you are having a great day!

At 10:07pm on October 1, 2013, lemonelephant said…

Since your SR has a contract for Culinary Specialist (CS), join CS (Culinary Specialist) Moms. You will also want to check out Joint Culinary Center of Excellence Facebook Page and Joint Culinary Training Directorate (JCTD). The Rating Information Card for CS can be found at That indicates 9 weeks, but "A" School is 5-6 weeks after classing up. Your Sailor may fly out to "A" School in Fort Lee, VA to the Joint Culinary Center of Excellence the day after PIR, but it is not unusual for Sailors who will be going to Fort Lee to be on Hold in the THU at GL after PIR waiting to class up at Fort Lee, so you MAY get extra time with your Sailor PIR weekend just because of that. There must not be extra barracks at Fort Lee for all of those who are not ready to class up, so sometimes Sailors going there are in the THU for 1 to 4 weeks before flying to VA. I suggest that you plan to stay through Sunday night or Monday just in case your Sailor does not fly out right away. Only your Sailor will know how it will work and may not know until just before PIR. See PIR Day and Liberty During PIR Weekend to help you know how to plan your weekend.

At 3:53pm on August 24, 2013, tidefan said…

we don't have much longer with our boys now. I will be praying for you and your son and please return the favor

At 11:07pm on June 15, 2013, lemonelephant said…

Welcome to Boot Camp Moms (and loved ones); I look forward to sharing this journey with you. Be sure to check out the Pages (found under the pictures of the Members) beginning with OPSEC and PERSEC (Making Changes To Your Profile); you may want to make changes 3 and 4. Check out the discussion, Things to Do in the Last Month Before Your Future Sailor Leaves for the RTC and again as it gets closer to your future Sailor's ship date.Take care and blessings to you and yours.


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