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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 daughter was just moved to holding this week.  I received a call on Thrusday letting me know but I do not have a new address to send mail.  Is there just one address for the Holding Ship to send mail too or do I need to wait until I hear from her? Not sure what to do next.

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Johnita...Sorry to hear of your daughter's injury. Will be praying for her quick recovery.  This is the address our son had when he was there. 

                                                                                                   SR last name, first name, middle initial

                                                                                                    Ship 04 Div 2341

                                                                                                    3600 Ohio St.

                                                                                                    Great Lakes, IL 60088-7103

This is the address for the RCU unit. Is this where she said she was going to be? When our son called he read from a script and he was only able to tell us he broke his leg and this was his new address. We weren't able to ask questions and he wasn't able to give us any other information. The phone call lasted only 30 seconds. He has finally finished Master of Arms training and is home for a few days before transferring to his new assignment.  They will take care of her. It may take a while for her to heal, but tell her not to rush it. It is better to stay there for a while than to try to get back to training too soon. You don't want her to re-injure the foot.  We will keep you in our prayers.

Thank you so much for the infomation and for the prayers.  Best of luck and also prayers for your son and his new assignment. God Bless this country with children like this.  Thanks again

Join this group. They are a great group of Moms and the support is awesome. They can help you with the process as she goes through the phases of recovery and what to expect. Send lots of letters. They are really bored there and will get depressed easily. She will begin to feel like she has let you down within a week or so so just keep encouraging her. Hugs and Prayers, Susan


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