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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 6/23/2022 - MASK MANDATE IS LIFTED -  Vaccinations still 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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Got my KIB today. Sad. Trying to stay excited and not let my fear overcome the excitement of my son being in the US Navy and the wonderful life and career he is about to have. This week, I've already fixed a plate for him, wondered what time he was getting off work, wondered if he had studied for his college test, and walked halfway to his bedroom. Hilarious! I was at grocery store yesterday and took 4 things he likes to eat out of the basket.

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Received my KIB today...I was surprised I got teary eyed as I opened it up and held her clothes.  I thought I had made it thru that already.  But, I’m anxious for the next step.  Looking forward to the letter and the final reassurance that she’s made it thru this and is ready for the next step.

 I'm not sure that we were still adjusted when our sailor graduated boot camp. I know the dog was still wondering where he'd gone. It is much easier after BC, when they can call/text/facetime/message you. Thank goodness for modern technology. Hang in there, moms!

I honestly considered that I was the ONLY one that had a hard time with "the box". I could only imagine his state of mind as he threw everything into it that attached him to civilian life . His watch, phone and other items that he always had on him, he packed with a bit more care than his clothing and shoes. It was an odd experience rambling through his belongings looking for some sign of personal note or clue as to how he was feeling. Now, I just want to know when I will get the address so that I can write him. Also, I see that the temperatures are pretty brutal. Does anyone know how much they do outside in these conditions?


Yes, I want to know how much time they spend outside in the winter. Can't wait to get a letter.

When they are outside in this kind of weather the recruits are bundled up so that you can't see much more than their eyes as far as exposed body parts. They are very well taken care of.

All training is indoors so the only time they are outside is when they are moving between Ships.

They do have to march outside occasionally, to and from places mostly, I think. They are issued cold weather gear such as gloves, hats, coats, etc. And yes, there are times they will shovel snow. Oh, go like the RTC (recruit training center) page on Facebook as they post pictures occasionally. Last year when our sailor was there, it was cold, but only snowed a couple of times. The wind is brutal up there. 

Great info. I will check website. Ty

Yes, THANK YOU! I appreciate knowing. I thought perhaps the "watch" duty would require them to be outside some? Does anyone know where that takes place? 

No form letter yet @lemonelephant. I do not know his division. All I know he left on January 4th and I got the "Im here" call at 1:45 am on the 5th, I received the "box" on the 10th and ......silence. 

Thanks! I will look now!!

You are very welcome.


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