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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 son who is a Navy Dr is being sent to Okinawa, Japan In July for 2 years. He currently has Tmobile, will he need to get an international plan or whole new number that is local there? He will need a way for local work to call him and it is his understanding they wont be able to dial a US number? Any insight?

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Hi Wendy - be sure to join the Japan Moms group - here's the link:

Japan Moms

There are some very knowledgeable moms over there and they should be able to answer any questions you might have.


Wendy - Yes, I would join the Japan group - you might ask them about   WhatsApp. Also, Skype. Granted I think both of these require some sort of cell service. I have some relatives who were stationed overseas and they used Skype quite a bit for communication. I have had other family use WhatsApp. The best option is to also check with his phone carrier directly to see what their international plans consist of. 


You are welcome!! Hopefully you can get some response from the Japan group. You might want to go down in the comment wall area, if you haven't already and post your question there. The way this site works, if people are following a group, they may only see the messages from the comment area and not always the discussion area, so they don't think there is any activity. Some of us have our settings where we see latest activity on the left side of our screen but I know I don't always see everything that is posted in the groups. 

If you don't hear anything in the group and still have questions about communication, please reach out to me. Click on my chipmunk, it will take you to my profile page and you can post a comment there. I will see if I can glean any information from my family that was overseas.  


My DS, also in Japan, has just switched to GoogleFi and loves it. It just has to be set up in the USA and then shipped to him.

TY I will let him know.


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