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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 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).  

Specific information on this policy change will be provided in the coming days and weeks.

We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience and appreciate your support.


RTC Graduation

**UPDATE 6/23/2022 - MASK MANDATE IS LIFTED -  Vaccinations still 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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First of all let me say, I am empty nesting something awful.  My son left on May 19th and arrived at GL on the 20th.  For days and weeks prior I was a wreck!  I mean a wreck and for at least a week after he left I was also a wreck.  But as time has gone by my anxiety has dissipated and my grief seems to be subsiding.  

But here is what I really wanted to say.  I thank God that at this moment he is safe and that I am not sending him away during a draft.  I've been watching some D-Day documentaries on TV today.  And I cannot even imagine the fear and anxiety that those families had to go through.  Also thinking about families that sent their young men off to Vietnam.  Most didn't come back.  Can you imagine the grief and fear of sending your child off knowing that they would most likely not come back.  

I thank those families for their sacrifices.  Without them we would most likely not be here connecting on this site in a free country.  I thank God for keeping my son in his care.  I'm grieving and that is real, but in comparison, well, it just doesn't compare.  

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With me being a teacher, my son has always known that MY expectation was for him to attend college after graduation.  Imagine my surprise when he came home to tell me that he had no desire whatsoever to go to go to college and be saddled with debt with no idea of what his end goal would be!  His reasons were so valid and reasonable...I could hardly argue his points.  I know that it's the right decision for him...but damn, it stings.  I'm glad to know that I'm not over-reacting and that other moms feel this same way.

Hi C's Mom,

I know exactly how you feel.  As a teacher, higher education is the expectation in our household. When my son told me almost verbatim what your son expressed to you, I found that I had to agree with him!  He did his homework, researched how he could obtain college credits while serving, and seize any opportunities that are considered to be " once in a lifetime" events.  I miss Matthew something awful (he's the baby out of 3), but at least we can text one another periodically.  Whenever I hear his voice, I catch an audible glimpse of the permanent man he will be.  Im happy for HIM. I've taught him to be a 'thinker' and turns out...he is!  

Thanks for letting me know I'm not alone in this Denise.  It does help to read others' stories and to commiserate with other moms going through the same emotional roller coaster.  -Amy

Hope all you new moms are OK?  Don't forget to pay attention to other members of the family. They too are missing your son/daughter. And pay special attention to your own health. Don't pick up that phone if you are driving, even if you think it's your son. If you missed his/her call, there will be others. Life does go on. If you can't make it to his PIR, there will be other graduations. Save your money plan on something special when he/she comes home. Don't over agonize. Moms tend to shoulder everything that goes wrong. If you have made friends you could have a "mutual vent" time - when you swap turns venting - letting it hang out.

If you haven't started a memory book, you should - not just for your SRs but for all your children. Well, take care everyone. Will check in on you all later. BQB.


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