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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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Hi, My son is 19, and has talked with a recruiter, and has taking his asvab testing. He is set to go to MEPS on Monday and Tuesday. I am just a concerned mom that needs info on everything because he just out of the blue decided on this very quick. Of course I support him, but he's very independent and doesn't want me around much. Do parents go to MEPS? Or do they just wait till they get sworn in? I hope I am in the right group and am doing this thing right. I'm excited but nervous for him. I'm near Atlanta! Thanks so much!

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Hi! I’m new as well but I think I can answer for you. My son went with his recruiter. They drove him and a couple other guys there and they wait with them all day. Then they’re at the hotel overnight and continue with testing the next day. No parents as far as I know. Good luck!

Thanks so much! I am so new to this and really do not know much.  

To my knowledge, parents don’t go to MEPS. Our son went with the recruiter, stayed overnight and came back. We did go to see him sworn in.

I can give a little bit of input from my personal experience. My daughter is 19 as well, very independent and wanted to do the whole process on her own. We just encouraged her to make sure that she was signing up for what she wanted. She wanted to go in as a corpsmen ,she took the as ASVAB and missed it by one point. So she continued to study and then went to Maps to retake and she finally scored high enough and there was a position open. Basically from what I have been told by other moms just make sure that they do not sign a contract unless they are 100% sure it’s what they want to do. He doesn’t want to get stuck doing a job that he might hate . My daughter just finished A school and is now stationed in Rota Spain for the next two years. She started Boot Camp last November so so much has happened but it’s all very exciting and she has learned so much and is a completely different person then she was when she entered and that is 100% positive. She has more confidence in her self and she ever has and is focused on her long-term goals. We never imagined that our daughter would be in the military but we couldn’t be more proud to be part of the Navy family! Hope that helps ..

Thank you for the info, so great for your daughter that is amazing!! 


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