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Make sure to read our Community Guidelines and this Navy Operations Security (OPSEC) checklist - loose lips sink ships!

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 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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Visite esta página para explorar en su idioma las oportunidades de educación y carreras para sus hijos en el Navy.


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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No he knew he wanted seals but chose cryptologist, he didn't pass the PT for seals ahead of time because instead of getting into shape he was on his computer 24/7 so now he wants to go for it. He did get a 20k sign on bonus though. He did really good on his test so maybe that helped.
Hello Linda P. I am also a Linda and have a son in the reserves in GL since 2/26. He is in div 161, ship 7.His name is Justin Newlin and he grads 3/25. We were also told of the 20 k bonus and checks of 1600 @ month. I have heard many horror stories about the bonus. Some kids havent recieved anything a year after A" school grad and some just a portion. Have you heard anything? My son went in as a "carpenter". He had tech school prior and was told he tetsed out' of some of the classes there.He really looks forward to meeting lots of new people, and Balking up"...he is 6'4', but only about 136. He has been in the gyms and running lots, but had a tough time doing the required PT in the aloted TIME. I have faith all will go well with that! he looks forward to the PT. I have recieved his box', and form letter. His short 4 lines said he well and even LAUGHING some....I check the msail all the time, even though i know they cant write but on Sundays. I have sent 4 letters already along with otherts from the family. i dont know if he has recieved any yet...i hope so! I miss him!!!
I made our reservations at the Navy Lodge its for Navy families and its $62 per night.
Linda , how can i get in touch with the Navy Lodge , was going to stay at the Ramada Inn , but have heard from others that its not very nice . Thanks Lisa
Here is the number to t he Navy lodge 1-800-628-9466
Hello Navy mom's
my name is Hannah Brekke and I live in Mankato, MN. Calvin is my only child and he decided to join the Navy. I'm so proud of him. He will graduate from boot camp on April 4th. I will be there to show him that I love him and proud of him that he did it.
Welcome to navyformoms Hannah!
Welcome Hannah my boy graduates on April 18th we love our boys don't we!
Hi Linda
I'm excited about our boys graduating. I'm proud of my son as you are of yours
Welcome Hannah! God Bless
Hi Steve's mom
thank you for the welcome
I don't think I introduced myself yet. I found this websight on Monday and am so grateful for the support. My son is Graduating BC in 2 weeks and I wish I would have found this back in Jan., but as they say, better late than never. We've had our ups and downs so far during this crazy Boot Camp journy and this week seems to be better than last. This weeks letter he told me he wants to be an astronaut, who new, and he's been going to all the different churches. (This week it was buddist) He says they're all very interesting and is grateful for the oppertunity to learn different cultures. I think he has his sense of humor back, so I know he's going to be OK and because he's doing better so am I. Thank you all for you support and God bless.


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