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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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Hello all my son left on July 17th from Syracuse NY.  I am very torn and upset and at the same time very proud of my son.  I do not know how or what to feel at this moment I missed his call when he got to Chicago which made me a little more upset. At this point I do not know what I should be or should not be doing, Moms please HELP.

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You have done the right thing by joining N4M and reaching out.  The call upon arrival was a scripted call and he may actually get to make a make up call this weekend if he didn't get through. Be prepared, but don't be upset if you don't get one. See Phone Cards and Phone Calls.

Stay busy; take up a new hobby or continue one you have or start an exercise program. Begin writing (have the letters ready to mail once you get the form letter). Get connected with others with loved ones of others who left at the same time in DEP-Leavin for bootcamp in July. Stay informed about what is going on and what to expect in the Pages within Boot Camp Moms (and loved ones) beginning with Arrival and What Happens at the RTC.

(((((Rraine))))) That's a cyber hug from one Navy Mom to another.

Thank You :)

You are very welcome.

Hi my daughter left with your son at Syracuse... I have not heard from her either ... She text me when the plane landed -- nothing since ...

I was thinking about your daughter as well.  

Thank you !!! This is very hard ... ):

My youngest left on the 17th as well.  His older brother is four weeks into bootcamp so I was prepared for the scripted call, but it is still hard having them so far away.  This website will be a great way to give and receive encouragement from other Navy moms. 

Thank You,  I know how difficult it is for me with one child I cannot imagine what you went through for both sons.

My son left 6/18. My advice is to write letters everyday! As soon as you get "the letter" start mailing them and keep on mailing! My son said hearing his name at mail call is the best feeling ever! He received 14 letters one of the first mail calls!

I started writing I am already at letter number 3 

My husband also left on the 17th from Knoxville, Tennessee. I haven't received the "official call" yet either but he did manage a quick call when they landed at the airport but still...I want to know that he did get there and is doing fine.

My daughter left from ST Louis on the 17th got the call around 7 it was terrible.


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