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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.

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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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I'm going to post some PDF files I made about boot camp here on the Cryptology section.  The only reason that I'm posting them here is because I can add them as attachment here, unlike other area of N4M which don't allow attachments. 


I know everyone here is way past boot camp here on the Cryptology section, but I needed a spot to place them when I try to help people understand boot camp in other sections.  So this is the only reason you're seeing them here....


I'm always curious if these helped you.....

So, If you enjoyed this:

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Make a comment below...

and let me know what you think...

(Remember, I talk Navy 24x7, and sometimes I talk way over a normal civilians head and I would like to know if there is something that could be more easy explained....)






Think! ~ Other not so well known rules...


What ribbons & Medal can your sailors earn in boot camp?


What is a Snipe?


900 Division for Dummies


11 General Orders ~ The easy way

~ Your 1st Navy Test ~ Your sailor is learning, so shall you!



~ Your 4th Navy Test ~ (SEALS)



USS John F. Kennedy (ship-9):


USS Kearsarge (ship-11):


USS TRITON (ship-12):



USS Marvin Shields (ship-13):



USS Arizona (ship-14):







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thanks so much for posting/making these PDF files! They are very helpful!!
thanks for the PDF's I'm sure my son will enjoy them.

Wow, my son is in bc..I really know what it's like now. I hope they all do good!

Thank you for helping us understand better.

Oh thank you for this bc slide show. Gives a nice view of what our kids are going through. A whole different world than most of us have ever experienced.
My husband just left for boor camp so I'm just going to follow day by day, I really think it is going to help and make me feel at least a little closer to him, thank you so, so much

This is outstanding!!  Very understandable for us Civies.

I wish I would have found this sooner!  My son is in the 9/1 PIR group and these slide shows brought to life some of what he's talked about in his letters.  I'm from that area of Illinois and back in 1970 I was part of a group from my high school put on a talent show at the base.  It looks like its really grown and changed since then just like I'm sure my son has.  I can't wait to see him.  I can hardly stand the suspense of waiting for the "I'm a Sailor" call !  Thanks so much for posting this !

Thank you for putting this together! It was so great to understand what my son has been talking about. I think he thought I really did my homework - and was quite impressed. It made him feel like I was part of his experience!!

Thanks for sharing.  Our son graduates next Friday and he will be glad to know we seen the pictures.

I love this presentation. It makes me understand (at least a little bit) what my son is going through!  He got to BC yesterday.

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! I feel so much better every time I learn something that my son is experiencing. It makes me feel closer to what he's going through. And the worst fear is fear of the unknown. Every time I actually see what he's doing, I think, "Oh, he can do that!"

Thank you for sharing.  I love knowing what my son is doing and his upcoming challenges so I can talk to him about his experiences and understand everything a little better .  Your presentation answered so many questions.  I am very impressed by the training these recruits go through.  Thanks again!!!


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