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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.

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PCSing/ Moving

Lets talk about moving, real estate, how to pack, tips, horror stories, the good, the bad, DITY, Semi DITY and commercial moves; and share helpful websites.

Members: 144
Latest Activity: Dec 26, 2017

So much information!

Be sure to look through all the Discussion topics in the Discussion Forum - your question may have been addressed there.  Post your questions in the Comments section, or create a new Discussion for a more general question/topic.  Welcome to the group! 

Discussion Forum

Moving from West Coast to East Coast

Started by van1612 Dec 26, 2017. 0 Replies

We, my husband and I, will be moving from Washington to Virginia due to my husband’s PCS but we have never done this before and it’s a big move. Furthermore, he will be going on a 7 months long…Continue

Moving/Marriage After "A" School

Started by Bronco14. Last reply by Anti M Feb 19, 2016. 1 Reply

Hi ladies,I need some help! I posted this question in the group specific to my sailor's A school but I thought I'd post it here as well since this group is all about moving. My sailor is about half…Continue

repacking boxes & stuff in 2 locations

Started by garden gal. Last reply by Anti M Dec 24, 2015. 1 Reply

Hi, my son got orders to Whidbey island for his first assignment out of A school but was put on hold for security clearance processing.  He was told this could take several month.  Since my son &…Continue

tip for PCS'ing from Camp Lejeune NC

Started by Marcy ~ Corpsman Mom Sep 26, 2015. 0 Replies

For anyone doing a DITY move out of Camp Lejeune NC:  Jane, the manager at Air Station Storage & U-Haul was incredibly knowledgeable about military procedure and paperwork and very helpful…Continue

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Comment by Anti M on June 25, 2010 at 9:33am
Nancy, does he get to come home after A school, will you two be traveling together? He will be eligible for temporary lodging allowance for the two of you when you first arrive. It varies by area, we had ten days to find a place. Wasn't so bad.

Also as suggested, check out the relocation site, be sure to get your hands on the welcome aboard packet for his new command.

Sometimes it seems as though it makes sense to send him first and then join him, but that depends on which command he's going to. Some of them won't give the sailor time off for house hunting unless the dependents have arrived in the area. Navy housing in San Diego is pretty nice, but the waiting list can be crazy. Most families get an apartment or condo, or a house a bit further out. We were on the housing list for almost a year, and decided not to bother moving when we were eligible. You get enough in the way of BAH and COLA that Cali is livable. Not cheap though, never cheap.
Comment by Marcy ~ Corpsman Mom on June 25, 2010 at 1:49am
Nancy, great assignment! This is a brand-new group and finding its way. Whitney has compiled a great list of links above. To that I can add this one to Naval Station San Diego's main page Go to the "Relocation" tab and follow the links. That should get you started. We're here to help you, learn ourselves, and help others who follow, so welcome!
Comment by nancy on June 25, 2010 at 1:25am
hi, I have a question......We just found out that we will be stationed in San Diego. Now what?? I'm a navy wife, my husband is in A-school in pensacola and will graduate on july 9. Not sure what i can do from here?? Any advise will be appreciated. Thanks
Comment by Marcy ~ Corpsman Mom on June 25, 2010 at 1:05am
Hi Lorelai, so good to see you here!
Comment by Marcy ~ Corpsman Mom on June 25, 2010 at 12:13am
Martha Stewart swears by a Brother P-Touch 1090 label maker. This may be the one time she and I ever cross paths. I'm getting one for my corpsman, he's in charge of organizing supplies for his dept on the ship and it looks like a good tool for about $35. Plus I'll get it back - maybe I'll morph from a mess to Martha?
Comment by Sweet*Southern*Lady on June 24, 2010 at 9:07pm
My aunt says to put a dryer sheet in with the space bag so stuff smells fresh. I dont know if it works, but hey it worth a shot.
Comment by Anti M on June 24, 2010 at 7:17pm
My garage rafters are full with flat moving boxes from our last (retirement) PCS. Probably worth a small fortune!
Comment by Anti M on June 24, 2010 at 6:48pm
I never did DITY moves, my moves were all done by professional packers. They contract with the Navy. If you have packers, you do NOT pack anything yourself or you void the insurance. The guys in Japan were amazingly careful. The ones in San Diego, I had to make one guy quit reading my books, another woman flipped my spice rack over and broke half my fancy porcelain jars. Grrrr. You have to watch them like a hawk.
Comment by Marcy ~ Corpsman Mom on June 24, 2010 at 6:47pm
I never would have thought of meat packing boxes! The grocer will set aside boxes if you ask. My mom's an expert at finding boxes, hard these days b/c they flatten them right away. Wine & liquor stores are good for smaller boxes. Also - ask a realtor to put out an email asking other realtors for free boxes. Often when someone's finished moving in, they're happy to give away moving boxes, wardrobe boxes etc just to get rid of them. I get those emails weekly.
Comment by Sweet*Southern*Lady on June 24, 2010 at 6:47pm
Ladies great ideas. I got boxes from a school in my area they had small boxes that even filled with books aren't too heavy. I also use my Large rubber maid tubs i wrapped vases in curtians and I use space bags for bedding and clothing. Then I'm using my luggage to carry my dishes and ect. To pack that i'm using towels and tee shirts (an idea i picked up from a navy wife).

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