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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 8/25/2022 - 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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Sitting here enjoying one of our last few evenings with our son before he leaves on Monday and he just got news that another one of his friends has passed away. I don't know the details, but he said that he just saw him about two weeks ago and this is about his fifth friend to pass away in the last year. He told us that as sad as it is, this is why he's ready to go...and I'm almost relieved for him to get away from some of the bad situations that are here trying to drag him down. It has been such a relief to hear him tell certain friends on the phone "no, I'm not interested in hanging out with you, or I'm not trying to hang out there!" People say that their kids make a huge transformation during bootcamp, but I have to say that just the decision to join changed my son. I believe it saved him, and for that I will celebrate his decision and this transformation, because in my eyes he is already a hero in so many ways. Praying God will give me and all of you strength to get through the next couple months as we hug our children goodbye and know that we have prepared them for this moment since the day they were born. And just like when they took their first steps or rode their first bike, it's time for us to step back (take a deep breath) and just watch how amazing they truly can do all by themselves.

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Replies to This Discussion sounds like your son has had a big picture view of his life and how it could turn out depending on his choices.  I will praise God for leading him to such a noble and courageous career in the US Navy. 

It is funny how no matter your situation, no matter where you live, all of us Moms are all feeling the tug and ache of our children leaving us.  I have to keep reminding myself that this is what we are charged to do.  God gave us the gift of our child with the responsibility of raising good, responsible adults.  We are seeing this unfold before our eyes.  So why am I sad?  I guess I am not ready to let go yet. 

I am so happy to have this board to let it all out and hear that across this great Country, Moms everywhere are feeling this most confusing set of emotions.  Let that bond us all together, and God bless our sons and daughters as they volunteer for the strongest Navy in the World...(chest puffing out a little bit).

Grateful for this site too...really gives me comfort reading what everyone is feeling and relating to it 100 per cent! We were given the gift of raising our children for this moment. It's greater than anything I've experienced thus far!

Beautifully said! I'm trying to concentrate on the positives as well. My son has stepped into adulthood with the decision and is proving it already as he prepares to leave next week. Such a change. Can't wait to see what he does over the next weeks in boot camp. So proud of all of them, especially on this Veteran's Day. It has a whole new meaning.

Congratulations to you mama ShellyEllyBoo for raising a fine young man.  You've got the right attitude, we've done our jobs now it's time for them to go off & do great things!

Thank you ladies. This site has helped me so much! Enjoying all of these last days together and relaxing as much as possible.


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