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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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AECF - FCs and ETs Discussions (85)

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After Bootcamp

Hi everyone! My boyfriend is currently in bootcamp for either FC or ET. He was told before bootcamp by his recruiter that he will be going…

Started by SimplySimi23

15 Jun 9, 2016
Reply by Anti M

AECF Wives Club for our ET and FC wives

There seems to be so many of you lately!!! It is wonderful that you will have each other's support while going thru the process together.…

Started by Mary, Proud Mom of Nick

793 Feb 5, 2016
Reply by RebeccaProudWife

Christmas stand down

Does anyone have the approximate dates for stands down this year?

Started by Rhonda

18 Dec 9, 2015
Reply by Rhonda


My husband is in boot camp right now. He was accepted into the AECF and he was choosing ET. Does anyone know how long and where schooling i…

Started by Jodie

5 Jan 31, 2015
Reply by fp1608

Live ashore

Hoping someone could help me, I'm wondering if my SR can apply for live ashore as soon as he gets to AIT school or does he have to wait for…

Started by Klmnmom

3 Dec 6, 2014
Reply by RebeccaProudWife

Good place for a family to live while in A school at Great Lakes

Just wondering if anyone can comment on places to live close to the base, but in a safe area. All the info I see is a little older. We have…

Started by Klmnmom

3 Oct 24, 2013
Reply by Abby

AECF Reserves

My fiancé is 38 years old and joined the reserves, he wanted to be active but he's too old. He got a great score on his ASVAB 98, and they…

Started by Klmnmom

5 Oct 23, 2013
Reply by ProudGMBarb

Where is AECF School?

Good Morning: I am a bit confused about AECF.  I was informed that my daughter's A school is in GL.  Can one of you confirm this?  Thanks

Started by Vanmom2013

6 Sep 17, 2013
Reply by jamieRN Div. 073 PIR 1/24

My ET/FC is Going to C school in ________ to study ______

My FC has been in Dahlgren since early January to study Aegis Spy Radar

Started by Mary, Proud Mom of Nick

11 Aug 22, 2013
Reply by Janie134

A school questions

Good morning, Can anyone give me a brief description of A school for AECF/AEF?  Is there a lot of waiting in between classes like I've read…

Started by Susan06239

3 Jun 24, 2013


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