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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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My daughter is in RCU for stress fractures in both shins. After talking to her this past Sunday, she said she was given the option to finish BC  while in RCU. Does anyone have info on what happens, does she have to be FFD before completing tasks, does she still have PIR? I am all for her shaving off time being there even if it means sacrificing PIR! They get so sad, depressed, and pessimistic while in RCU. I just want my bubbly, goofy daughter back. I know they are in good hands there but it seems to suck the life out of them. Any info would be helpful, cause I have searched for the answers everywhere :) Prayers to all the SR's and Sailors out there!

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Hi Andikeesi, if you have a Facebook account, I recommend that you join the FIT and RCU Division Ship 4.  The families on this page seem to have a lot of insight on how RCU works.  And they are an awesome support system!


Our son finished up in RCU also due to Stress Fractures. BC went from 8 weeks to 16, but he is now almost finished with A school and is doing great.  It does get better, he continued to assure us he would get thru. Definitely builds strength and character.  Encourage her to tough it out. It is worth it.  She will be glad she did.   You need to stay positive, send the cards and letters... they go along way.  Encourage her to get involved in the RCU, there are jobs that will keep her occupied.  Best of Luck! 

Join the Facebook page for 2341 they are really helpful with these questions.

My son was transferred to this Div last night.....any recent MOM's I can talk to?

Hi Andikeesi,  My son is also in RCU right now with a stress fracture to his knee.  He's been there for 5 weeks now and probably has another two to three weeks yet to go.  I'm not sure that they will allow any type of meds, including vitamins, as they "take care of their own".  However, there is a Facebook page called :SHIP 4 FIT/RCU Navy BC support" that you can become a member of.  There seem to be a lot of people in the know on this page and a lot more frequent posts.  

My son said they are able to read on their own after 1800 and I was able to send him some of his books from home.  He'll leave them there for others when he's out of Recovery, they are the Eragon series.  I also send him papers full of military jokes and other military info such as history - anything to read.  Maybe your daughter can find him through that avenue since we cannot name names.  He's from Florida.  He said it's just very boring in there so if they can find others just to talk to during the day it may help things go faster.  Good luck to you and your daughter!

I agree. They probably aren't going to allow vitamins.


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