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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 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).  Still limited to 2 guests maximum.

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 7/16/2021**




**UPDATE - 2020**

Due to COVID there is no public PIR. The graduations are on Thursday, and the video of the graduation is posted on RTC's FaceBook on Friday at approx 3pm. Please keep in mind that a division may need to complete additional quarantine during training which will delay their graduation.

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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Comment by M's mom on April 22, 2021 at 9:38pm

Welcome shocklady,

I don't know about the commissioning ceremony at college ROTC, because my son went to OCS after college, but hopefully someone else here can help you with their experience.  As CheriH posted, you should join the "Naval Aviation" group here on NavyforMoms.  Those ladies can answer any of your questions about Pensacola and flight school.

Comment by CheriH on April 22, 2021 at 7:23pm

Welcome shocklady!  Congrats to you and your son.  This is a great page...there is also a Naval Aviation group within this site that has lots of info about once he gets to Pensacola for flight school.  My son did the same in's an exciting ride!

Comment by Meredith on April 22, 2021 at 6:50pm

@shocklady - we should connect. Our sons are classmates!

Comment by shocklady on April 22, 2021 at 6:46pm


I just want to make sure I am in the right place....  My son will graduate from George Washington U and be commissioned in May and then he heads to Pensacola mid June for flight school.

I would love to know as much as I can about the commissioning ceremony and also his move to Pensacola.  Is there anything I need to know as his mom?  Someone said there was a "pinning" I would do or put his boards on?  

Any help is greatly appreciated!!!  

Comment by Meredith on April 22, 2021 at 6:40pm

Love this thread! My son commissions in less than a month (ROTC) and I'm already looking forward to visiting him in San Diego!

Comment by M's mom on April 22, 2021 at 4:55pm


By "rotary community" I assume you mean your son hopes to be a helo pilot after commissioning?  Is he in ROTC or going to OCS?  My son went to OCS as a Naval aviator candidate, but they only did the full flight physical on him AFTER he was already at OCS. They found out he had a minor heart anomaly which is not life-threatening, but DQ'd him for aviation.  He was upset, but decided to switch designators to intelligence instead of quitting and going home.  He has been in the Navy almost nine years now, and loves intelligence.  I think his DQ was a blessing in disguise, because I think intel is a much better match for him than aviation anyway. I hope your son gets the helo spot he hopes for, but my son is proof that there are many other rewarding jobs in the Navy.  He has lived in five different places in nine years, and we have enjoyed visiting him in each, so hopefully you will "see the world" along with your son!  

Comment by Glenni on April 21, 2021 at 10:52pm

M's Mom,

I love that! "Join the Navy so your parents can see the world!"  That's great!! 

Thirty four years ago my dad took my husband, my brothers and me to Europe for almost a month. We loved visiting Italy,  but didn't have time to do much more than Rome when we were there, then we sailed from Italy to Greece. My son hopes to be part of the rotary community, so I'm hoping he will get some cool postings in the years to come! But first we're waiting to know for sure that he's going to Pensacola when he commissions!!

Comment by M's mom on April 20, 2021 at 10:21pm

Helomom,----That sounds like a wonderful tour!  You saw many of the things I would like to see in Italy, hopefully, one day.  I'm SO looking forward to travelling again when things open up and we can get back to a sense of life as we knew it!   

My son is still with Cyber Security at Ft Meade, but got a very preliminary feeler from his detailer about a position in England!   I'd love to visit the UK, particularly always wanted to see Scotland!    My husband and I absolutely loved visiting Japan when my son & wife were there.  (This was after the Carl Vinson tour.)  We would have never visited Japan on our own, so it was wonderful to have personal tour guides and drivers while there.  My son learned to drive on the LEFT side of the road in Japan, so I told him he should be skilled at that already if he goes to the UK.  The saying is: "Join the Navy and see the world!"   I say, "Join the Navy so your parents can see the world while visiting you!"

Comment by Helomom on April 20, 2021 at 7:39pm

M's mom- My husband and I were fortunate to spend some time in Italy in 2017. We flew into Venice and spent a couple of days touring the city. Then took the train to Florence to spend a few days there seeing the sights. Took the train to Rome and had a tour to Pompeii and Positano on the Amalfi coast. Toured the Colosseum and the city of Rome, spent a day on a tour of the Vatican. It was amazing. We are looking forward to returning. 

Comment by Helomom on April 18, 2021 at 2:26pm

M's mom - They were able to take the train to Rome for the day last July when they were released from in-house quarantine after their arrival. Since then when the region is in Orange, they can travel in the Campania region which includes the Amalfi coast so they get away to some great places. They have found some really neat local wineries. The Support Site is in a farming area and they are looking forward to some amazing local produce. The latest from the Italians is the rumor of moving to Yellow at the end of this month. Fingers crossed. 


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