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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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Hello, I wanted to caution you if you have a son or daughter in boot camp who is covered on your health insurance plan through work.  We were never able to get a firm answer on when Navy health coverage began when our son entered boot camp.

After he graduated, he was able to generate a proof of insurance document through Navy Tri-Care and his coverage actually began on the 1st day of boot camp.  Since this is a life event and those changes can be made anytime, not just through the insurance open enrollment period, I requested that he be removed from my coverage through work.  I submitted the proof of coverage and was told that by law, he could not be removed from my plan now because the request had to be made within 30 days of the new coverage (I know, it doesn't make sense because he is now covered under 2 plans until the end of the year).

I also then questioned that if I had him removed from the plan earlier and he had washed out at boot camp, he would have had no coverage.  I was informed that if that had happened, he could then be added back onto my plan.

Good luck to all of you and by the way, the graduation ceremony in Great Lakes was unbelievable!


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Thank you for sharing ... Very informative..

I contacted my HR insurance person- Lord help me. She is clueless. She said I needed a copy of my SR's new insurance card. I was like she is at BootCamp and I cannot get that. So I am at a loss until PIR and I can get a copy. But with more rumors of layoffs today- it might not matter at all. 

Thank you for the information. I am so looking forward to 11/25.

There is no insurance card for Tricare.  There is only their military ID.  

Sorry to hear of the rumors of layoffs, that is a bummer.

You may want to check on pricing for insurance.  I mean, it didn't cost any more for us to just leave our sailors on our insurance than to take them off because we also have a younger child, so we pay for "family plan" insurance anyway.  That may not be your case, i realize, but wanted to mention it, just in case.


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