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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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No letter yet,, I am hoping wishing for one tommorrow , ugggg, he hasn't ever been away from us for more than 4 days, I'm so worried.

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Have patience! It will come. I have a feeling they sent them out Sunday which means anytime at the end of the week. =)
Oh I hope so! Thx so much!
Got one yesterday!
I still haven't got one. I'm hoping tomorrow. =(
My SR said he didn't get very much time a couple minutes, and it was a very short letter, he said they would like wallet size pictures, said that's all they are allowed to get right now, nothin else:(
I'm planning on sending some little photos of me and our babies aka our animals. Haha.
You can paste photos into a word doc and just make them part of your letter too.  This makes it easier for them to keep track and they can keep them with their letters.  I paste a photo or two in every one of my daily letters.  :-)
Hey Lydia if you print pictures on computer paper they get to keep them because the RDC's cannot detect it as a picture. I made a collage my Britt.
My SR requested a pic of his pooches too!:)
=) We only have a dog and a cat, but we've raised them like our kids rather than pets. Saves us the trouble of wanting kids until later.
My son loves skippy, jack russel terrier, he is worried bout him, they are part of the family, and they know when there are changes, he keeps goin in my daughters room and tinkles on her comforter! Lol I told him its not her fault !
When my daughters boyfriend was in bootcamp he told her to send pictures on computer paper. She did that for him and now that is what I am doing for her. It is fun because you can make a collage of pictures print on plain paper and it is disguised as a letter. hehehe


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