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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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My son is leaving feb 1,2012, we have been planning for this day for about 6 or 7 months. I have remodeled everything i could in our house to keep me busy not thinking about it. Now everything is done and planning his going away party and trying to focus all my efforts of not missing him already. I have been doing well, but today is a bad day. I have cried like a baby all morning and he has not even left yet.

A few weeks ago, he brought home a card for this website for me. I hated to tell him and I already become a member. So many people ,not knowing any of you, have helped me in so many ways,in reaching out with your thoughts to everyone on here. Thanks!!!! I am sure you all have felt and are feeling the same way i am now.

I am really just rambling now, thanks for listening.

Soon to be Navy Mom...

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My son leaves Feb 1 and I've known since July. I actually had to sign for him to join since he was a month shy of his 18th birthday.  I was pretty upset at first but have warmed to the fact of him leaving.  That's not to say I won't get upset when the day is actually here.  He is quite confident with his decision which helps me.  I couldn't be more proud of the young man that he has become and I'm excited for him to begin this journey.

We are planning a going away party as well and taking a few extra strides here at the holidays to spend good quality time with family.  He actually has a bucket list of home cooked meals he wants before he leaves, which we are working on. 

At this point, I'm worried most that he will get called to leave early so I'm trying to make the most of everyday and every conversation.

Hang in there and good luck!


Join the group DEP-Leavin' for Boot Camp in February to connect with others who have loved ones leaving around the same time and who may even train together.  You may also want to join Boot Camp Mom's and PIR Reference Information. Another group to join, or at least check out the Pages and Discussions in, is New Members Stop Here. (Underlined words indicate clickable links.)


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