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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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When your loved one chose to enter the military, they entered as an E1. They agreed to a about $1491.00 per month base pay. Assuming that they only work 40 hours a week, their pay is only about $8.60 an hour. However, we know they work FAR more than 40 hours a week and we know they never receive overtime. We know that they're commitment will involve lengthy deployments that will cause them to miss family and the once in a lifetime events treasured by their civilian brothers and sisters.

While patriotism is certainly a component to their willingness to sacrifice, the benefits that the military offers in lieu of pay is a what made that sacrifice a little more attractive.

Now our government wants to renege on that commitment. They want to increase Tricare premiums.

This angers me. As a conservative leaning member of this forum, I am a HUGE proponent of HUGE spending cuts. In fact, you could get me to agree that the DOD is one of those areas where spending cuts are very warranted. I see know reason why we need more admirals than we have ships. I see no reason to pay for the defense of other nations with bases planted all over the globe. Nor do I see a problem with eliminating crony capitalism from defense contracts.

What I won't agree to is that we balance budgets on the backs of the defenseless. What I won't accept is that our way out of this economic disaster is to demand further sacrifice from a part of our population that arguably represents the best in the youth of America... among whom are over 6000 who have paid the ultimate price in the last decade.

Sailors, Solders, Airmen and Marines are rightfully handicapped in their ability to defend themselves from politicians. Indeed, that very tradition ought to be a source of national pride.

However we, as loved ones to members of the military, are not handicapped. Indeed, when I look at this forum, I see a very strong political force. I see moms, dads and spouses. I see every representation from nearly every congressional district.

I think its time for us to defend the defenseless.

Let the White House know that these young men and women are off limits to political crap. Let your congressman know as well.

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The military retirees are really going to take in the rump on this, so include veterans in the discussion.   You know who gets free healthcare? CONGRESS.  They have th emeans to pay more, so let's require it of them!  

I could understand an increase in premiums or co-pays as long as it was in line with any cost of living increases annually.   No more than 3%.  I have already seen changes in my off base prescriptions.

A minor off topic point:  I do disagree about our overseas bases for the Navy, we need those secure ports to keep the sea lanes open to worldwide free trade.  A restructuring may be in order, but we can't close up shop and stay home, not in today's world.


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