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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 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 all! My son leaves for boot camp 10/1/12. Anyone else??? His job is UT . After boot camp I understand he will be going to texas for 99 days, then he will get his orders. This is definetly a roller coaster for us..Bittersweet as i'm sure you are all aware..We are originally from NJ but have been in TN for the past 7 years..Anyone else from Jersey ???

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My son leaves for bootcamp on 10/1, also, and will be at Great Lakes on 10/2.  His job is Corpsman.  My son will also be going to Texas after graduation.  Not from Jersey....we're Buckeyes from Ohio!  :) 

Hi !

Great news then, our boys will be together for a while. Corpsman was Michael's other choice, so i'm sure he will be excited to get to know someone through BC , then Texas. The days are going by awful fast now aren't they ?? First it was 5 1/2 months, then BAM! It's days!!  If you haven't heard already, you might want to check out this website  . A retired Navy dad and his wife run the site, his son is enlisted and he is also on this forum, and if you email him, he will email you back scanned pre-paid phone cards to send with your son to call home. I got them in a few days, its a very nice site he is running. Next on the agenda is to pack up his room, so we know exactly whay he wants us to send to A school, That will be a tough one :(  For now we are spending every moment we can with him. His last day of work is next week, then he gets to goof off until he leaves..He is 23 and I also have a 19 year old in college ( locally thank god ).

Why does it take a whole day for him to get to BC ? Curious..

Keep in touch :)



My son is leaving tomorrow, 10/1 also. He will then go to Groton, CT for 37 weeks of school. We live in MA

cannec my son is leaving the 4th and will be going on to groton too. What job is your son going for?

My son leaves Oct. 2. He will be leavin from San Diego to BC and will be a Corpsman as well as A school in Texas. I hope all goes well!

Hello everyone. I leave for boot camp on 10/2. Then to San Antonio, TX afterwards. I'm going in as an MA.

My son also leaves on October 1st from Columbia, MO he is 18 . His A school will be in Pensacola, FL. You are so right, the time has flown by. He graduated from High School in May.

my son will be with your son. he leaves tomorrow from NOLA but he is from Gautier MS then his A school will also be in Pensacola. he is an AV.

My son left from NOLA 10/3 (from GPT, MS) and will be attending A school in Pensacola (AD rate)


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