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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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I can't believe it's just about here.  I'm learning so much from this site and am looking forward to the support offered here.

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My son is now at the hotel near O'Hare. We won't see him for the 8 weeks.  He seemed really calm not nervous at all.  Not sure if that is good or bad.  Our recruiter said they won't be able to give us his address.  We will have to wait until he writes us.  Apparently there are privacy issues.  That makes sense.  I guess it is time to start concentrating on my own boot camp and lose weight before I see him again.  We took "before" pictures last night so it will be interesting to see the "after".

Our son left January 3rd as well. Good luck!

My daughter was sworn in this morning also. We said our good byes at the airport and left for home. I get a call 2 hrs on road that the plane has mechanical problems and they won't be leaving until tomorrow morning, I am happy of course they they are all safe but now she is left in the hotel with no clothes, pj's toothbrush, etc. 

Mary - I am sorry to hear that.  My son left O'Hare USO about 4:30 p.m.  Great Lakes is about an hour north of there.  We just got the 30 second call from him at 8:00 p.m.  It was just like the boot camp video on this site.  I hope it all goes smoothly tomorrow for her.  It is supposed to be 40 - 45 degrees tomorrow and we are not expecting any snow, so there shouldn't be any flight delays.

Thanks Doreen. I'm sure it will all be fine tomorrow. I'll keep your son and family in my thoughts through these tough few weeks.
Well she finally made it! 


So far so good!

The box came today.  2 days instead of 2 weeks!

Mine too!


We will be looking for the mom/wife/GF etc. who will be interested in creating the 03/02/2012 PIR group.

This next Training Group starts with Division 075 and will have the performing division of 914. So if you get that info either in your form letter or from your recruiter that would help.

New TG’s are posted on RTC website on Mondays (unless there is a Federal Holiday then it is Tuesday).

BC can be anywhere from 7.5 to 9 weeks. It is also possible for recruits to arrive in the same week…or day…but have different PIR dates. Your recruiter may have your recruit’s ship/division as early as 72 hours after arriving at BC. I will take this ship/div # for the purpose of starting a PIR group BUT please wait for the form letter that your recruit will send home to address your mail and send it. The address your recruiter gets oftentimes is incomplete or has too much information that is not necessary for the address.

Ladies, if it is something you think you'd be interested in...Friend me, send me a message and get details.

Thank You!

**** P.S.*****

If this has been something you have been thinking about I am asking you to hold off so we don't have duplicate groups. I have a mom as of right now (waiting on PIR date confirmation) but will still take a friend request (I'll ALWAYS look at those anytime!) with a private message from anyone interested and just put you in line in case hers is a later date!

Please be patient ladies...stay on here and keep reporting in with your Ship/DIV numbers and PIR dates! Thank you for your help!



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