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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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Hi Navyformoms,

I’ve been reading on the web that PACT-Airman is not good - due to low rating. My son signed up with the Navy but he couldn’t decide on what he wanted to do and this seemed like a good option. However, I have since learned that being on the flight deck is a dangerous job. I am feeling very anxious about it but not sharing that with my sailior recruit. The web is not always reliable and there have been changes in the PACT program. What has been your sailor’s experience? What is a good job to choose in the PACT-A program? Air traffic controller? Aviation boatswains? There was a report of recent death of an Airman on - this situiaotn has me really concerned and I a heartbroken for the parents of the sailor such a tough time for them. He was 21. 

As you can see my emotions are all over the place - my recruit is not even out of BC yet. Perspective and advice is welcome from mom’s who understand where my heart is.

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As a person who served in Navy, I really appreciate your perspective about the Airman rating. It was good be able to put my concerns into words and share them here - I am becoming more comfortable with the danger aspects, as I realize all branches of military have risks — it just takes some getting used to. Another part is the letting go and letting my son grow into his career. The Navy would not put inexperienced people on the flight deck and if does chose this, he will be well-trained before he gets there. 

Thanks so much for responsing to this post - it does help. 

Hello everyone. My Daughter is also PACT Airman. She is right now at her first command. She has yet to choose a rate bit I believe she has to complete 6 or 9 months first. I am praying that she chooses wisely and not be persuaded by extra money. I believe that there is an allowance for dangerous rates. It saddened me to learn of that young Sailor's death by accident on the flight deck.


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