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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 6/23/2022 - 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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Hi everyone!  My son left for BC November 1, and we just got the form letter to tell us his PIR is 12/28/2012.  I'd love to connect with other NC moms!

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Congratulations to you son and welcome to the Navy family. My son has been in over four years and I live in NC also. This will be hardest time for you (or it was for me) and PIR will be a very rewarding day.

Welcome to the club! My son has been in for 2 years now, on his first deployment. I am in the Lexington area. I will try to help with any questions you may have.
Hi Cheryl & Beachbum - it's great to meet you! We're so excited for our son, and I can't wait for PIR. Before he left, our son was joking that boot camp would have nothing on me when I decide the house needs cleaning! ;-) I'll be interested to see what he thinks now. He was in college for two years, so this isn't his first time away from home, but I think it's definitely going to be more intense!

Hi NCNarrator!

Welcome to the family!  There are several of us who live in the Wilmington area who get together monthly.  If you are around, let us know and we'll make sure you get the invite.  My son had PIR Oct. 5 and is now in A school in Great Lakes.   Go ahead and make your hotel reservations now for PIR and make sure they can be changed in case he doesn't graduate on time.  Have you joined your PIR date group yet?  Also, there will probably be a facebook page for his division.  We're here if you need us!

Hey NCNarrator!  Just a few more weeks til PIR!!  Its the greatest.  My sailor's PIR was 8/24.  He's in California now and coming home for Christmas.  You're not far from Greensboro.  I believe there is a group of Navy Mom's that get together in that area.  Check the other discussion groups.  If you are ever in the Wilmington area, let us know, we'd be happy to meet you!!

We live in the Charlotte area......Our son leaves June 24 2013 for BC.....he is in the Delayed Entry Program and will be an MN. We're proud, excited, nervous, scared...etc etc etc! LOL. Just wanted to reach out to other NC Mom's out there.....

Hi Minemom!  Our son did the delayed entry as well - he's going into the Nuke program, so there was a wait.  He went up to Boot Camp November 1.  It's been a roller coaster!

The hardest part for me has been lack of communication.  My son is not a big communicator, but not being able to call or text or e-mail him has been tough.  We live for his letters!  On Thursday it's a race to see who can get the mail first to pick up his letter.  LOL  We've written him every day that he's been there, starting as soon as we got the form letter to tell us his mailing address, and we recruited EVERYONE we know to send notes and cards as well.  He's LOVED getting all the letters and cards!

This site has a TON of information about what to send to Boot Camp and what NOT to send.  What kinds of things to prepare ahead of time (like phone cards and stamps - we didn't know about those since I found this website the day after our recruit left!).  Plus, everyone here is very helpful and more than happy to answer any questions.


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