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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 mini-documentary series "Making a Sailor": These six videos follow 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. 

Making a Sailor: Episode 1 - "Get on the Bus"

Making a Sailor: Episode 2 - "What did I get myself into?"

Making a Sailor: Episode 3 - "Processing Days"

Making a Sailor: Episode 4 - "Forming"

Boot Camp: Making a Sailor - Episode 5

Making a Sailor: Episode 6 - "I'm a U.S. Navy Sailor"

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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."

Please note! Changes to this guide happened in October 2017. There are now tickets issued, and there are no longer parking passes for PIR.

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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It would be nice to meet other parents whose sons or daughters will be in Basic training with mine.  Lucky for me he has family where he will be in School, so at least I will know someone close to him when I cannot be.

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My son is flying out on 9/10/19 for basic.
My son leaves Sept 5

My son leaves tomorrow morning, September 10, and will begin basic the next day, September 11.

My son goes to MEPS on 9/11

My son leaves on 9/12 for MEPS

Good luck to everyone with an SR leaving this week!  Exciting times ahead.  Be sure to join the boot camp group and as soon as you receive the letter (about 9-14 business days after arrival) you can join your specific PIR group.  Hang in there!

 Boot Camp Moms (and loved ones)

My son left yesterday, 9/11/2019.

Harmzmom - be sure to join the boot camp group - I left the link in the welcome message on your page.  Did you get the 30 second call last night?

Yes, I got the call last night. Thank you.
My son left 9/3/19. My bootcamp was 30 years ago and even though I know bootcamp has changed so much it is a huge help to me that I know most of what he is going through. I retired in 2016 and had many of the young recruits working for me over the years. They were well trained men and women. I am proud and excited, but, man, I sure miss him.

Jen - that's awesome!  Thank you for your service!

Did you do boot camp in GL or in San Diego?

My daughter left Tuesday the 10th - looking forward to getting the letter!


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