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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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Hi all. My son left on aug 30. I miss him so much already!!

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Have you gotten your form letter with his PIR date? Join the PIR group ASAP it will be your lifeline for info and support. If you can't find it let me know.
Hi. I've only received the box so far. His recruiter was very nice but I'm not sure if I should try to get an address from him. I don't want to send his letters to the incorrect address so I guess I'll just have to wait;(. Thank you!
Oh yes...waiting is fine. You should be getting his address this week. YAY.!!!
Thanks!! I'm trying to change my user name.
Can't seem to get it
It looks like your PIR date will be 11/5..if you want to join the group and hang out till you get the definite date here is the link, just click on it
okay... I think you got your calculation date wrong...did you mean Nov 5th? If you want to, click on the link I left her...if it isn't your PIR group just leave it and join the right one. The groups have to be formed by a N4M and they don't get formed till you know your PIR date. That group was formed by a N4M whose son left with the St Louis Cardinal division ...they left the end of Aug first of Sept and they were told when their PIR was. Now your PIR may be 11/12...won't know for sure till you get your form letter. You should be able to get his address from the recruiter 72 hours after he left.
yes...he'll be in a division that is a 800 division...for special ops, seals, etc. I don't think there is a boot camp group for buds...but will find out.

Yes, the first week or so is processing so doesn't count towards boot camp days
it will come to the address he puts on the box is a group
Hi Jmarie, my son left the same date as well, it has been so hard, isn't it?. It seems some days (almost every day) very hard and like a piece of my heart is gonne. Do you feel the same??.
Absolutely. Missing him so much. This is the longest we have everyone without talking;(. I m hoping to hear this week from him and get the form letter so I can send my letters to him! Try to keep strong and come here to N4M for encouragement.
Maybe our sons will graduate the same day???


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