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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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I had no idea it was going to be this hard.  I am having a hard time holding the tears back.  My son was very fearful and sad a few days ago but now says he is excited.  I helped him through the rough patch of separation anxiety and now I am crying all over him.  Any advice is much appreciated.

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Hi are you  holding up? I take it by now your son has will be ok..everyone on this site is great...and think of the great thing he is doing..the experience will be wonderful as it was for my daughter..helps them mature & grow up! it is really an amazing experience for them..
Any time my son was faced with something new and a bit scary, we referred to it as "the great adventure." Somehow that seemed to help him face up to things. Thinking of new experiences that way put a much more positive light on the subject. I was so busy trying to convince him how wonderful it all was, I forgot to worry!

My son has been at bootcamp for 10 days and I still cry several times a day. From what I've been told, what we are feeling is normal.  I got his form letter on Saturday with his address and a short note (which I treasure!) from him. I have put a letter in the mail every day since.  I am so happy that the recruiter told me about this website. I registered almost a year ago, but just finally came back today.  I have been including all recruits in my prayers, and will continue to do so.




Thanks everyone who replied.  I am now on my 2nd full day of BC and cannot believe how much difference a day makes. I actually enjoyed the taste of food today!!! I was mostly worried about his mental state but some ladies in chat told me they watch out for that kinda stuff very closely, So I feel better about that.  The chat room REALLY helps.  Any here from Las Vegas area?

Hi, I am new to this site but immediately your message caught my eye!  My son left for BC on July 26th....was the hardest day of my life.....tears were flowing all the way there and back for me.  He was very sad and emotional for the first week. Have not received any mail from him, but have been VERY lucky that he is in a drill division that has earned the reward of a 10 minute call home the last two weeks.  Each call gets a little better, still some tears now and then between us, but I keep trying to hold mine back until he hangs up.  Keep reminding him of all the great adventures, experiences and education ahead for him...,hang in gets better. 

Thanks ReallyRed, I am feeling a little better today (day 3 of Jake being in BC) I just miss him terribly and my mind likes to wander to the worse case scenario.  So your son went to BC on July 26th 2010? Was he very nervous prior to leaving?
Hi, my name is Sue...Cody has been in bootcamp since JUNE 26th..sorry for that typo....he graduated high school on Jue 8th and we took him to bootcamp on the 26th...then moved from Indiana to Ky on the 27th...been a VERY emotional three weeks.  He was both nervous, scared and excited to go.  Has been wanting this since he was 9, but the actual leaving home and all was more than he expected.  He gets a little more settled and comfortable each week.  I, on the other    It gets better and better, when you get the first call or letter will help....Be prepared for the "box"...that is a hard day, when you get his personal belongings returned.....and then you will get the first form letter...tough, but we can get through it together!


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