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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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Finally received my letter what a happy mom to see those few lines on the back in her handwriting!

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I ordered my scarf today and some ribbons I just have to remember my PayPal info haven't used it in awhile. My son left on the 16th. I was really nervous about him flying also it was his first time and he had to do it by himself! But he did I fine! Yes I can't wait for that one letter too but as we have read in other posts that would be the bad letter where they are miserable, but I hope not. I am trying to make some plans I am waiting on his girlfriend to see if she is going, do you know the rates for the Ramada? I've just checked at Comfort Inn so far. but I do plan on flying out hopefully early morning Thursday and leaving Saturday. And I look forward to meeting you also.

The Ramada has different options for pricing and they give a graduation rate - I got the Concierge Room because I wanted to make sure that I had a refrigerator / microwave so it was $79 a night. I also chose the Ramada because one of the Meet & Greet is being held there and the have a shuttle to the base for PIR.

 I am also driving to Chicago - I rented a car and I am leaving on Wednesday from Texas and driving home on Sunday.  I decided it would be cheaper than flying!

Omg your driving fromTexas? Well that's the same rate I got from comfort inn I guess maybe their all about the same for the PIR. I'm looking at about $330 from San Antonio but then the cost to get to great lakes and back to the airport that is costly. And I did receive a letter today yyyaaaaaaa!!!!!!!!! Finally he just wrote it Sunday so it was kind of bad and kind of good!!! But I was just so excited to receive it I just keep reading it over and over and his girlfriend told me she received several letters, I was driving home from work thinking I better get at least one letter and I did get that!

Yes, I am driving - my sister is going with me but it is easier than flying!

I am so glad to hear that you received a daughter has not written!  Maybe soon!


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