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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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Hello, I am needing some assistance, things have gone astray since my son married his wife. Her and her family have alienated me as to any information or preparations for his departure to BC on May 30th. I did (when I got to speak to him) convey the importance of him getting information to me once there. But I know for a fact that I will receive no updates or 411 grom his wife once he is gone. Please help me with outlets of information to keep me updated.
Thanks, heartbroken Mom.

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I am very sorry to hear this. I wish I knew how to help you more. Are you on Facebook? There may be more options there for ways to stay connected.  

That's a really tough one. our son has been in the Navy now for 5 years. He's going on deployment again on Monday. He now has a live in girl friend and we hear from him less often, so I can relate. This son is my youngest of 5 and We have had strained relationships at one time or another with all of them but they come around.  They're figuring out their independence and don't realize how hard it is for us to let go. I know this doesn't help you now. Prayers for reconciliation and peace.

Johanna -- You can stalk the RTC Facebook page and post on the Bootcamp Moms page.  But neither site will give you SPECIFIC information about your sailor.  That HAS to come from him or whomever he chooses to tell.  You can try and reach out to HER parents and see if they will advocate for you from a parental viewpoint but unless he makes the effort to change the relationship there honestly isn't any "backdoor" source for information.  He's an adult and you are NOT his Next of Kin in the eyes of the Navy.  I am NOT trying to be harsh or cause you more pain, but I do not want you to get your hopes up that there may be another way to resolve this.  Keep reaching out, Keep the lines of communication open, Try for reconciliation.  I am so sorry that you are going through this too.  My oldest has chosen to go low contact with us because she chose to reject our values and believe lies.  It Hurts so deeply but there is nothing I can do to force her to see us or spend time with us.  We just keep being ourselves and let her know that she is welcome to come over any time. 
It's not easy being a parent when a huge part of your heart gets to leave you and make their own choices.

Thank you all sooo much for the information and support! I will continue to make sure he understands that he has to send information to me in order for me to know the 411's.

I am so sorry that you are going through this!!


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