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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.

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 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).  Still limited to 2 guests maximum.

Specific information on this policy change will be provided in the coming days and weeks.

We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience and appreciate your support.


RTC Graduation

**UPDATE 7/16/2021**




**UPDATE - 2020**

Due to COVID there is no public PIR. The graduations are on Thursday, and the video of the graduation is posted on RTC's FaceBook on Friday at approx 3pm. Please keep in mind that a division may need to complete additional quarantine during training which will delay their graduation.

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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Though you can click on everyone's profile to learn more about them, I thought I start a thread for people to introduce themselves to the forum community. :)

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Hi - I'm Kathy from Northern Virginia. My son checked in to GL on 3/5 and we got "the call" around 0115 on the 6th. My husband is retired Navy so I know a "little" about the life he will be leading. My younger son just graduated from Marine Corp boot camp at Parris Island and is now at Camp Geiger for School of Infantry. All of this experience should make this easier on me, but each situation is different and I'm really missing the kids right now. The nest got empty really fast. Guess I'll have to rely on my husband, these boards and my 3 four-legged children (2 old Labs and a young Rottie) to keep me busy. Look forward to chatting with all of you during the next several months (years)....take care,

Hi Kathy, theres an empty nest forum at started by JeanneM.
We are a family owned by labs too. We lost our old dog last summer and now are a proud owner of the most horrible pup, he is 5 months old and weighs 45 pounds. I have to get some current photos up soon. Our other old dog is 16 years old and a little slow on those cold mornings.
Talk to you soon

I'd like you to meet our grandson, Kyle. His mommy is at college at night and during the day she student teaches at a local high school. So we are on babysitting call 24/7 :)

Hi Kathy, My son Jeff checked on 3/5 too but he is in DIV 169. They should both PIR on May 2. Don't you think we should all put "Navy for Moms" stickers on our purses or something? Would be great to meet some of these terrific moms in person. Talk to you again. Pat
My son graduated March 7. We had a wonderful time and were able to spend several hours Fri, Sat, and Sun with him. I am interested in talking with moms whose son/daughter is in corpsman school. I will also answer any questions about graduation. I found this website anly about a week before grad. It would have been to know about it earlier to have some support and answers during boot camp.
Here are some pictures of Alex's recruiters that I took to add to his St. Patrick's Day Card. Thought you guys would get a kick out of them. I know Alex will enjoy them.
Charlene, these are cute! Maybe size them down? And submit them to the photos :) Good idea. Sincerely, Catherine
Hi - I stopped by there to give them my sons Navy picture for their bulletin board. They were glad to see me and we had a really good talk. I have called them a couple of times also. We probably feel more connected to them than they are to us.
These pics are great Charlene!
Hi everyone. My name is April and I am from Kansas. My oldest son left on 2/25 and I found this site just a few days after. It has been amazing so far. Tyler signed on Halloween and wasn't due to leave until June 10th for the Nuke program. He decided to change after a lot of time on the computer doing some research about jobs that would be available after he is finished with the Navy and decided to go into Submarine Electronics and Computers. With that change came a earlier BC date, it was 12 days from the date he signed his new contract until we took him to the recruiting office to leave for BC. He should have graduated from High School in May, but was able to graduate early and did so at the end of the first semester. Him being gone has been tremendously hard on his younger brother and sister (8 & 11), but each and every letter that we get from him, they cherish. He is my step son so our relationship hasn't always been a great one, but I am the only mother that child had ever known since he was 6 years old and it has just been hard for him to see that I love him just like my own 2 children. I am the one that was always there when he got scared or had his heart broken. Him going to BC has really made me realize how much that I do truly love him and am so proud of him. Sorry for being long winded.


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