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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 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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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 My name is Holly. My husband and I have 4 teens, with our oldest in Boot Camp. It was very hard to let him go, but he loves it. I just found this site and what a nice retreat. I wish I would have known about it before he went in. He graduates on Mach 21st.
Hi Holly nice to hear from you. What is your oldest going to study after boot camp?
He is going into nuc subs.
Hey another one :) Make sure you look up Karen she has 3 that are doing Nukie stuff. And Donna just graduated one from the nuke A school. They can answer almost any questions or concerns and they listen real good too.
Good Morning! My name is Elaine and my oldest son Brian is graduating from Great Lakes on March 7th. I'm so excited to see him!!! I'm a single mom of 3 kids....Brian, his brother Brad (attending Bible College in Calif) and Aubrey, my youngest, my daugher, is a freshman in high school. I live in Missouri, way out in the country with cows and I'm not sure how driving in Chicago is going to Wish me luck....

Have a great day ladies and God bless us all!
I hear you Elaine, we live out in the boondocks of North Dakota and are driving in for his graduation. From what a lot of the "small town" Moms tell me about driving in the big city is to park yourself in a hotel close to base and stay there.. haha. My husband wants to see the sights even though Steve will be a grad and go right the begining of October. Yucky winter driving.
Congrats on your Son's graduation on the 7th!
Talk to you soon
Hi Fellow Navy Moms!
My husband and I have 4 wonderful children. Our youngest shipped out to GL on 2/11. According to RTC website he's due to graduate 4/4. I've heard that date can be delayed for one reason or another so it was recommended to hold off on booking hotel or airline until closer - in the event of a change. My husband is currently serving a tour of duty and we were hoping he'd be home for Aaron's graduation, but it doesn't look like that will happen. Aaron's wanted to do this since the 8th grade so we've had some warning. We are so proud of him. I appreciate this website...I've learned a few things from you fellow Navy Moms! Thanks :)
Hi Susan! Nice to meet you. How are you hanging in there with your youngest gone for a few weeks now? Thank your husband for his service from me. As a mom and wife surounded by the military I bet you have a few good hint and tips for us.
Talk to you soon
Hi Everyone,
My name is Emily and my daughter will be graduating from bootcamp March 28,08 and will be going to school to became an AO (avation Ordanace)
we have never been apart for more then a day or two ... and I am excited to see her soon.
Hi Emily, how you holding up? Only a month to go! Where will your daughter be going after boot camp?

Talk to you soon
Hi Shell,
She will be going to Pennsacola FL... I think, all I know its in FL somewhere. I guess that is where all the avations personnal goes too. I am sure this month will fly by for me..

My name is Sonia. I am almost 40 yrs old..ssshhhhh....I mean 28. I am the mother of 4 grown babies. They will always be my babies. The oldest was in the Army and now my youngest is in the Navy. The 2 middle ones are in college. I have 2 grandsons by my oldest. They are my NEW babies! I spoil them every chance I get. I take my oldest grandson (20 mo. old) to a mexican dinner every Fri. and shopping. I guess I am dealing with my empty nest by being an impossible Granny. LOL


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