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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 mini-documentary series "Making a Sailor": These six videos follow 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. 

Making a Sailor: Episode 1 - "Get on the Bus"

Making a Sailor: Episode 2 - "What did I get myself into?"

Making a Sailor: Episode 3 - "Processing Days"

Making a Sailor: Episode 4 - "Forming"

Boot Camp: Making a Sailor - Episode 5

Making a Sailor: Episode 6 - "I'm a U.S. Navy Sailor"

...and visit - America's Navy and 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."

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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My daughter doesn't leave for another 4 1/2 months but as I am adjusting to the idea I have really enjoyed reading all the posts on here and they help me to prepare for what will be a difficult thing-thanks you to all who give such good advice!

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You are lucky that you have four months to prepare.  My son signed in January and left April 3.  He had been talking about it for a while, but it was still fast.  Spend time with your daughter to make those special memories, for both you and her.  God Bless you both and thank her for her upcoming service.

@bandmom my son signed and left 4 weeks later!! They gave him an original ship date of Dec 12 but he has been out of high school for a couple of years so I knew they’d change that. The very next day they told him 9/5 instead. It was a whirlwind but I asked him how he felt about leaving so soon and he said he was excited to get it over with and get to A school. When we got to the airport there was a girl about his age leaving for AF basic and they had called her the day before and told her she was leaving in 24 hours. She didn’t have any family with her. My heart was sad for her but she seemed ok. Definitely make the most of every minute with her. Do special things! Take tons of pictures you can send her while she’s at GL. It’ll fly by but so will GL. My son’s been gone a week today and it feels like he just left yesterday!

thank you-the waiting is had too but trying to spend time with her and savor all the precious moments of her childhood that are left!

I will-God bless you and your family and son too!

Hi to all!!!  Does anyone has SR in Division 402 with a PIR date of 10/25/19?


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