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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 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).  

Specific information on this policy change will be provided in the coming days and weeks.

We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience and appreciate your support.


RTC Graduation

**UPDATE 3/07/2022**

Mask Mandate has been lifted but you are still required to be vaccinated.


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 son has arrived safely. That was it. I knew it was coming, I knew it was scripted, but I didn't know it would be so hard. We said goodbye at the recruiter's office Monday. I was sad but he was excited and I felt like i handled it pretty well. He went to MEPS this morning and called a few times waiting on his flight. He hooked up with other shipmates and he was really upbeat. But then the call came and it hit me like a ton of bricks that I won't hear his voice for weeks. I am so proud of him. I can get through it if I know he will be ok. I can not wait to get his Div. and address. And finally a PIR date. :)

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You have placed him in the best hands of all--those of God and the US Navy. You will both be OK.

I know your right. This is something that he has prayed about every step of the way. we have been praying for him also. Thanks for the reminder. :)

I got the call Monday night. Like you I was doing o.k., then after the phone call I was upset. I knew exactly what he would say when he called, but it was still hard. I know he will be o.k., but it's gonna be hard not hearing from him for a while. He was very excited too. I wonder if they will be in the same division, even though my son arrived Monday night?

Kristie, I'm not sure if they will be or not. I can't wait to get that information! :)

I am so excited for him. All the things he will get to do and the places he will go. I will start today writing letters. I can't wait to have an address. :)

That call may come sooner than you think. Mine came the 2nd Saturday! A nice surprise.
It helped me to write notes even before I received my daughters address. Writing helped me feel connected. Keep your phone with you. The next call came the second Saturday.

Hi Gina - I understand every word you wrote. Our daughter Regina left for BC last year in August and it is a very emotional time. My advice is take it day by day and when you get his address write him as often as you can, every day if possible. Now our daughter is about to deploy and is enjoying the Navy. That is ahead for you, too, and the pride you are already feeling and will continue to feel is sustaining when you can't talk with them and let worries invade your mind. Congratulations on your son's choice!

He and you will get thru it just fine.  The 8 weeks will go by and before you know it, hopefully, you will be attending his PIR graduation.  The first 2 weeks are the hardest.  I am sure after a couple of weeks, he will get the opportunity to call, unless he has a girl friend you will have to share the calls with. ;<} Those letters that you write to him each day will get him thru all the uncertainties and home sickness.  They will mean so very much to him, even if it is just a Thinking of You card. Our boys and girls are taking the first steps of the rest of their lives, and we have to learn to let them take those steps.  My grandson, who I am very close to,  just graduated on 6-20-14 and I thought those days would never pass, but they did.  Now, he has his cell phone and we talk often - face chat, etc.

I just got my call. I'm with you it hit me like a ton of bricks too. We got to spend almost all day with him today. Watched him swear in at the MEPS. Got gate passes at the airport and got to say goodbye right before he boarded. He txt me when he landed in Chicago. I've teared up all day. But now it seems so final. 

I received the call from my son last night. He sounded great! That made me feel better about the whole situation. I'm soo excited for this new journey for my son. I look forward to the next call:) Keep your head held high Navy Moms!!!!!
Woo hoo!


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