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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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Hi, y'all! I'm new here, up early to get ready to take our son back to his college town where he signed up for Navy. He's got three years of college under his belt, but decided he wants to get out and actually work in the "real world" and make some $$ to pay off his loans, then finish a degree with Uncle Sam's help!  So, here we go.  It's a long way from our Southern home to Great Lakes, MI, but I am excited he is taking this step, while a little concerned that he will be able to be all"SIR, YES SIR!" since he loves to argue and debate :). Looking forward to meeting other moms!

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You spoke of snags with the PIR date. A friend of mine has a son in the Navy. He was sick for two days & his PIR was pushed out one week. I think I'm driving to Chicago. It's 12 hours but I don't want to fool with the airlines.
Wish I had that option but I live in Southern California and it probably take too long to get there.
Jeffsmom, it is that kind of thing that is making me hesitate to jump on a good airfare (about $150 roundtrip from Atlanta, which is about 4 hrs from here). Just want to be more sure of the date. I personally would drive to PIR b/c I love traveling and seeing new areas, but my husband dislikes long road trips and also has only about 6 days of vacation left for the year, so we are stuck with flying :(
I just checked Southwest Airlines and they do not charge you for rescheduling your flight. (A lot of the restricted fares charge $75 to reschedule). Not quite as cheap as Air Tran but by the time I add in luggage fees and insurance it's about the same. Looks like I will be booking with Southwest. Then if PIR changes I can change the travel dates (will have to pay the difference if it is more expensive). I actually checked the travel time from where I live (was thinking of driving lol) but it is a 30 hour drive one way.
I agree VikkiMiMom, I really want that form letter to come so I can start planning. I have three letters waiting to mail (forced myself not to write today so he doesn't get too many all at once) and will be really glad with the info gets here. I feel like I am waiting for the other shoe to drop.
Hang in there. It will come. So sorry you are still in limbo.
congrat nikkimom i am still waiting on my date so i can plan my trip. CONGRATS TO YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! PLAN YOUR TRIP.
Gosh, Nana Z you sound just like me. I want to know that date so I can plan my trip too. I feel like a fish out of water cause I can't plan yet.
all we can do right now is wait, but i hope it comes soon because my oldest son is tired of me calling him and crying on the phone. lol
VikkiMiMom, That may be a temporary division. I read on here that someone else was given a ship 11 and division 2 and they were told it was a PIR temporary division and that they would get a different division number when the division was filled. Probably a number beginning with 370. I'm sure that JessicaB-Sailor Mom would know for sure.
well i guess you and I wiil have to sit and wait!! But i hope not for too long.(smile) hopefuly we will hear something real soon.
Oh, me too.


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