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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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Boatswain Mate

Just graduated from Boatswain Mate School on Friday, May 23

Location: Norfolk, VA
Members: 81
Latest Activity: Jan 28, 2019

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Comment by RaksAndRoll on August 31, 2018 at 7:31pm

How long is A school for BMs?

Comment by RaksAndRoll on August 8, 2018 at 7:51pm

Hi Moms,

My daughter will be heading to BC the first week of Oct.  She will be going to A school in GL after PIR to become a BM.  So I'm still early in the process!  Doesn't mean I'm not having anxiety over it though!  Now that she has a BC date set, it's all becoming very, very real.  This is an adventure for ALL of us, isn't it?  

Does anyone have any stories or words of wisdom regarding BM training in GL?

Comment by TmansMom on February 14, 2018 at 3:01pm

My son just shipped out for BC on 2-8-18.  Is there anyone else whose son left around that time and will going to A School afterwards training to be a Boatswain Mate?  Would love to stay in touch if possible!!!


Comment by TracyK on October 24, 2017 at 10:52am

My son will be graduating A school as a Boatswain Mate this Friday, Oct. 27. We won't be able to make the graduation. Are there any families in this group who has a Boatswain Mate graduating this Friday?

Comment by Blessed3times on June 10, 2017 at 9:14pm
Does anyone know if there are any days off during A school?
Comment by nindsay33 on May 24, 2017 at 8:13am

hi my son in in bc now.  His PIR is July 7.  Does anyone know where A school is?

Comment by Cissy on February 1, 2017 at 9:08pm
I have a BM son on the Makin Island out of San Diego. Anyone else?
Comment by Navy mom 1974 on June 24, 2016 at 1:31am
Hi 10mileloop, my son is a BM, started BC last Wednesday.I'm not in san Diego,but not too about 2 hrs away in chino.
Comment by Firestar3 on May 30, 2016 at 8:27am

To ( 10mileloop ) Yes, my son is a BM. But, I'm not in Sunny San Diego. I'm guessing that your son has left for boot camp. Get ready for the roller coaster ride. You will have good and bad days. Make sure you have your cellphone charged and bring it into the bathroom. They do not call never often. I only got Three calls during the entire time he was at boot camp. Start getting your snail mail letters ready. He will love those letters. Then you will get the box back of all his stuff. I still have my son's box. I placed all our corresponding letters inside for safe keeping It has been two years that my son has been out of boot camp. Good luck.

Comment by 10mileloop on May 29, 2016 at 12:48pm

Any BM moms out there?


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