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Make sure to read our Community Guidelines and this Navy Operations Security (OPSEC) checklist - loose lips sink ships!

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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October Boot Camp Family Discussions (30)

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Has anyone else heard a rumor that boot camp will be 13 weeks instead of 8 starting in October?

My daughter leaves on the 6th & was told yesterday that bc my last 13 weeks instead of the usual 8-9 weeks.  Has anyone else heard this…

Started by My2Sailors

14 Oct 13, 2011
Reply by pannasch

my son leaves Oct 4, 2011~

He is a delayed entry recruit so I have had time to get used to the idea. He singes on to be a corpsmen (medic right). If recruits leave to…

Started by momof5~(1CorpMen1Undesignated)

104 Oct 13, 2011
Reply by momof5~(1CorpMen1Undesignated)

My son left Oct. 4th too

  I'm so glad there is a group for mom's who's kids just left this week!  I'm a little nervous though...because I've now heard three dates…

Started by DisneyDebi (02/903)

2 Oct 7, 2011
Reply by Sailorgrl0523

Daughter left on Oct 4th

I am so happy to have found some others who left @ the same time as my daughter.  I received her box the other day .... now come on letter…

Started by Phillies

2 Oct 7, 2011
Reply by Cubmom (Ship 07 Division 009)

MEPS Swearing In

Can anybody tell me what time the swearing in is?  Or does it just vary?

Started by wranglermom

3 Oct 3, 2011
Reply by Sailorgrl0523

Random bits of advice, as I think of it

It's a team effort   One thing no one ever thinks to pass on to the new recruits -please pass this one on to yours. Boot camp isn't about c…

Started by Arwen

0 Oct 1, 2011

Navy Pay FAQ - What is paid for by the Navy, what do recruits pay for?

Does the Navy pay for uniforms?Yes, but not for everything they need at boot camp.Recruits receive an initial uniform allowance $1,157.21 f…

Started by Arwen

0 Oct 1, 2011
Reply by Arwen

FAQ: What will happen when my new recruit reports for duty?

The day before your recruit is due to ship out s/he will report to the recruiter's office, where s/he will take a drug test and weigh-in, a…

Started by Arwen

0 Oct 1, 2011
Reply by Arwen

Leaving for bootcamp October 11

My son is leaving for bootcamp on October 11th.  I was wondering does that date ever change?  He has been in dep since Feb.  He enlisted as…

Started by smou

3 Sep 11, 2011

The first call home. He made it there.

I guess you could say this is his first full day there. I got the call last night that he made it there okey. I won't hear from him for thr…

Started by Proud Mom

19 Oct 21, 2010
Reply by Proud Mom


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