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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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My son is a reservist for now. He leaves for boot camp in a week. Then he has 27 weeks of A school. I have a lot of questions about what happens after for that for reservists. Also, he may try to go active at some point if possible. His recruiter was unclear regarding education after A school for reservists.

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First of all welcome but I can't believe I'm welcoming you I haven't been here for soooo long. But anyway, what is your son's rate? When I first came on board as a mother which is about 5 years my son's contract will be up soon as an active reservist at 6 years. It sounds like you were told the same thing we were many years ago. Which is if you join as a reservist and go through A school then C school you could "possibly" go/change over to active then. Well it depends on the rate and the billets they nee to fill and right now the budget. Debbie Downer here I've been disappointed as a mom that he was able to choose active vs. reserve without my advise but it is what it is. He has had a couple voluntary deployments but you have to be very proactive and search for those. Like I said his contact is almost up and he has had no mandatory deployments his rate was IS he went to A school but not C school so he switched to bosenmate

Thank you so much for replying. His rate is GM (Gunners Mate). Did your son ever get to use the GI Bill for college? They told him he would be able to go active after fulfilling 2 years of his 6 year reservist contract. He was planning on going to school during that time. He was told he could go to school after 90 days, that's why he chose this route. What would you say were the "positives" he took out of his 6 year Navy experience?


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