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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."

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**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.  I'm the mom of an SR in this division.  Anyone on here have children in the same division?  This is my second experience with the military.  My son is a Marine.  My mom and I are planning our trip to Great Lakes and are just looking around on this site for helpful information and tips.  So far, we've found a ton of info!  You all are the best!  Anyway......thanks.

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KellyCali, not to my knowledge, but one of the Mom's created a FB page: BC Moms and Dads (ship 12 div 296).
I haven't made any reservations yet. My brother had to see if he could get off and when he was approved the Navy Lodge was sold out. My other option is the Navy Gateway Inn which is on base (retired military), but since there's going to be 5 of us going I probably book at Springhill suite (I think that's the name) they have double queen and a queen sofabed. I'm so ready to see my young man!!!

Hmm...I'm not seeing that page on FB......not sure why. Must be searching for the wrong thing....Do you have the specific name of the page.  Thanks!


My SR is Ship 12/ Div 296. We are also staying at the Navy Lodge and going to the meet and greet at Sarges.

Oh, very cool.  Where and when is the meet and greet?  Havent come across that info yet.

the meet and greet information comes up on the right of the page when you sign in to your home page, I think there is also a discussion started on it for our group with the link.. there is a FB page, I will try to get you the information for our division group.. :)

my brother is in the divison

ok the FB page is: BC Moms & Dads (& family)Ship 12 Division 296 PIR 14Sept2012..!/groups/450457648320103/

Hope to see you there...

daubersmom and KellyCali- we will definitely have to try to meet on Thursday.

I agree... am really getting excited... 16 more days.. Wooo Hooo

I will definitely try to get there.  I'm not sure what time my flight gets in though.

My Son is Honorary Recruit Petty Officer SR Mat Ship 12 DIV 295. He says in his letters that he has made a lot of new friends and loves the Navy experience so far. His wife and I will be staying at the Courtyard Waukegan. The Naval lodge only had rooms available for the 13th and we are staying a couple extra days. SR Mat is going to Logistics Specialist training in MS. Any other LS?

Hi fellow moms! (Just stopping by to say hello..)


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