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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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ALUMNI of PIR 8/14/09: DIV 278-285 & 839 & 939


ALUMNI of PIR 8/14/09: DIV 278-285 & 839 & 939

We are proud of our Sailors and have become such a family, we have decided to stick together through this Navy journey! Biggest N4M group at Flanagan's M&G to date!! Hoorah!!

Location: All over the U.S.A.!!
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Latest Activity: Aug 4, 2012

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Comment by Brenda Sue on August 14, 2009 at 3:11pm

Teri and Berto
Comment by Brenda Sue on August 14, 2009 at 2:43pm

Teri's Berto
Comment by Brenda Sue on August 14, 2009 at 1:38pm
Sorry, that is Teri's son!!!
Comment by Brenda Sue on August 14, 2009 at 1:38pm
Guess who's a US NAVY SAILOR!!!

Comment by jboysmom on August 10, 2009 at 9:51am
I posted this on the boot camp mom's group, but thought I would also post it here for all of you that are getting ready for graduation this week:
We are just getting back from my son's PIR this past Friday, Aug. 7th. The ceremony was awesome and I"m still swelling with pride. Even though the ceremony was so worth it, I would caution all of you that are gearing up for graduation trips to be prepared for long traffic delays because there's lots of road construction going on.

We took our hotel's shuttle to PIR and even though our hotel was just 4.5 miles from the entrance to the base, it took us almost 1.5 hours to get there! The traffic was horrible! The street leading to the base is 3 lanes wide, but due to construction just before the entrance, it goes to 1 lane. The merging of those lanes with over 800 graduates' families, well, you can picture the bottleneck!

Our hotel shuttle left at 6am and we arrived at the base entrance at 7:25. Then we had to stand in another long line to have our IDs checked along with all the others that were walking in. We got to the ceremony hall at 7:55. My son's wife and her parents stayed at the Navy Lodge and drove to the base and parked there with the parking pass she got in the graduation packet. They left the lodge at 6:20 and were in their seats in the hall at 6:45. So if you are lucky enough to be staying at the Navy Lodge and have a parking pass, I would say that would be the way to go!

If you are planning to try to park at the METRA station beside the entrance to the base, I would caution you about that because there's not many spaces for parking and they fill up fast. We tried parking there on Saturday morning to take the train into Chicago, but there wrere no spaces empty. We were surprised to see so few spaces for parking there, especailly since it's so near the base. We had to drive several miles on down to the next station and park there.

I don't want to discourage anyone about the PIR because it was sooooo worth all the traffic delays, and waiting in lines. But I just wanted everyone to be prepared for the delays.

Best wishes for all of you and safe travels to GL! You're heading for an amazing weekend!

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