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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 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 recently watched with awe and pride (and tears) my son graduate with flying colors.  I wanted to take a moment to thank all of you dear women who helped me get through this process, lessen my fears, provide me with facts that only you could, having been through it yourselves.  My hat goes off to each of you, and I plan to remain active on this website in order to learn even more as his career progresses and to, possibly, help other moms as you helped me.  I would have been lost without you all.  Thank you from the bottom of my heart!

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Diane, on the right side of the page on My Page, click on invite friends and it will take you to where you need to go and will prompt you to invite friends. Good Luke. If this doesn't work, please let me know and I will help
Thank you so much - all of you, moms, for the encouragement and effort into this site. It makes me feel that I'm not alone in watching my son go through this transformation and this next chapter in life. I thank God for all those reaching out to comfort one another.

I work with special needs students and actually got word of this site from two young Navy gentlemen at the gym where I instruct swimming and fitness. It has been a great help! I plan to check in once a day!
Hi there...well, it's time for me to get started as my son leaves for boot camp in 2 weeks out of San Antonio. He is under the impression that I can come down there the day before (after he checks in) and that we can have dinner and then I can come to his swearing in the next day and see him off. Can any of you enlighten me on what to expect that day? I know he has wakeup call at 4am, but he doesn't know when he'll actually get sworn in or leave for the airport. Any input is greatly appreciated and I'm sure you will be seeing me on here a lot! From the posts I've read, you all have a great support group! I look forward to getting to know some of you, Glenda
When you go to MEPS it is mostly a lot of waiting. The recruits are called to go do different things, they come back, wait with you until they are called again. They get their contract finalized, get another physical and such things. Finally, after several hours of this they get sworn in. In Denver, we were able to take pictures and video of the swearing in. I don't know if that is standard everywhere. We were allowed to take our son to the hotel and hang out until he went to bed and then we met him the next day at MEPS and stayed until they were almost ready to go to the airport. I knew I would not be able to watch him get in that van without a complete meltdown. As it was, he was having a hard time so I was able to hold myself together for him.
Congratulations a little late! PIR is so cool, isn't it? Where is he going now?
Redfly, my son is my one and only child......and on top of that I am divorced, so it was very hard for me as well. I let my son make the decision, though we talked about it at length.......he knew what he was getting into and it was his decision to I was just supportive even though I didnt feel like that inside all the time....... the good point is..........4 yrs will go by fast if it turns out it isnt what he wants, but it may turn out it is what he wants as it did with my son. My son has been in a year now and is happy with his decision so that makes me happy as well. When I start getting lonely, I just remember how good this is for him . I think your son will make the best decision for himself.......just be supportive, it will help him and it will help him not to worry about you while he is away. I know I have to do that for my son, as we are very close so I know he will be ok with his decision. It will get easier after BC and School. My son is in Hawaii and we talk almost every day, so that really helps.
Good Luck. Things will work out I am sure. Hang in there.
Thank you, Lily AJ, for writing back. Its nice to know there are other Moms out there who are going thru the same thing. This website is great. Thanks for the tips. I am really being supportive of his decision and I hope my son likes it just like your son. I hope its everything he wants it to be. You must be so proud. How does your son like living in Hawaii?
I, too, am going through a divorce from a very bad situation, so I can relate to the loneliness. My son, Jim, and I have always been so close - even through the rough times and I miss him so much. I do believe, though, that writing him everyday has helped me a lot. Also, when I receive a letter from him, it is heart-felt and not some quick hello, I miss you, etc. It is him pouring his heart to me, which I know is good for him.

As was written before, you must be so proud of your son. Do you ever get to visit him? Mary


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