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Choose your Username.  For the privacy and safety of you and/or your sailor, NO LAST NAMES ARE ALLOWED, even if your last name differs from that of your sailor (please make sure your URL address does not include your last name either).  Also, please do not include your email address in your user name. Go to "Settings" above to set your Username.  While there, complete your Profile so you can post and share photos and videos of your Sailor and share stories with other moms!

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 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).  

Specific information on this policy change will be provided in the coming days and weeks.

We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience and appreciate your support.


RTC Graduation

**UPDATE 8/25/2022 - MASK MANDATE IS LIFTED.  Vaccinations still 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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* About Those Dolphins...

Written by Kaye S. Kaye S.


The Wikipedia article, The Submarine Warfare Insignia, gives a great history and description of the pin we know as "Dolphins" or "Fish," so named for the two dolphin fish found on the pin.  The gold insignia is awarded to officers and the silver to enlisted sailors.

Until a submariner earns this qualification pin, he's called a "nub" (non-useful body).  He's of no use until he can take his share of standing watch, easing the work load for his crewmates.

Thus, veteran sailors won't allow him to enjoy free time, but will hassle him constantly to be studying.  When he thinks he's ready to be tested on an item, he has to persuade a more senior sailor who's qualified, to quiz him and sign his "qual card."  How eagerly a nub pursues his studying and testing demonstrates the degree of his teamwork attitude.

While non-qualified, a sailor will get the worst duties and shifts available, and receive the fewest perks.  These should not be considered punishment or hazing, but incentive to qualify.  Again his reaction to these will demonstrate his attitude to the crew.

Generally speaking, a sailor must qualify within 12 months or so.  Extra time may be given due to special circumstances, but that is up to each command.  If he is unable to qualify within an acceptable timeframe, he'll be moved from submarines to a surface vessel.

Once he qualifies, the crew does make a big deal of getting his pin.  Dolphins are almost always awarded aboard the sub (usually while underway), not just to get him on work rotations quickly, but also to experience the special feeling of a shipboard ceremony.

Although this excludes families from being there, certificates are given and pictures are usually taken - so, be sure to "exhort" your sailor to send along copies for the scrapbooks and mantles!

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