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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 left for boot camp Jan 9th. I feel so lost not being in contract with him! I miss him so much! I am proud of him and his decision just hate that there is not contact.  I received the kid in a box the other day and it was so hard seeing his stuff and made me want to hug him! I am thankful a friend told me about this site. It has helped already seeing all the support on here! 

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leslie...soon you will start receiving letters but don't fret if you don't get many letters some recruits don't have (or take ) the time to write BUT they really need to hear from home. Send anything...some just write a running commentary about their day, funny things the family does, the pets. I sent jokes from   some are a little dirty but my son shared them and the division loved them.


You MAY get the first call before you get a real letter. usually the "I'm still alive" call comes 3 weeks after they the afternoon and usually on the weekend. the area code is 847 so watch for that. Try not to strong you don't want to waste valuable talking time crying. If you cry he will get emotional as well. And don't be surprised if he is already emotional. The first 3 weeks are the worst. Let him know that he is through the worst and it will get better and that it is ONLY a few weeks out of his life and that A school and beyond is much different.

Thank you so much for your support, Jessicab

My daughter left on the 9th as well, Bittersweet day. So proud and happy for her, but hate the fact that I cant have any  contact., I received the box to. I've been trying to reach her recruiter for any info he may have, No answer at the office, I should have taken his cell number.  hahah.   We can  pray for all the recruits thru  BC. I've started writing letters. That helps me.   

Hi Margaret. Welcome to the support that will get us through all this! I know exactly what you mean with the bittersweet! So proud & sad all at the same time! 

Does the form letter come from our recruits or from the recruiter? Does anyone know?

Margaret...the form letter comes from your will have the address, ship/division, grad date and info., password for the gate pass and a few lines from your recruit. You should get it a week or two after he/she left

More than likely those what left the week of jan 9 will hav ethe grad date of March 2...anyone want the link to the group?

Thankyou for you help,... So greatful for everyones help..

you're welcome is the link to the Mar 2 group

I dont have the letter yet, She did leave on the 9th. Can I enter the link without the letter?


Margaret...yes you can join the group. If for some reason she isn't in that PIR big deal just leave that group and join (or from) the next. There is also a Facebook page for RTC that will give you info

My son left the same day. We are all patiently waiting for the form letter. Thank goodness we have people to talk too.


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