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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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USS Makin Island LHD8


USS Makin Island LHD8

Members: 84
Latest Activity: Nov 7, 2020

Discussion Forum

FRG and home coming activities

Started by makinislandfrg Apr 16, 2012. 0 Replies

Hi Everyone,

Started by Joan/E's Mom. Last reply by Joan/E's Mom Feb 24, 2012. 2 Replies

Hubby got his orders to the USS Makin Island

Started by azsiaRAYA. Last reply by Diana, Proud Mom of Blake Feb 5, 2012. 2 Replies

Comment Wall


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Comment by KTSNavymom Kathy on February 4, 2017 at 11:28pm
I finally got an email from my daughter on Thursday she said everything was down for two weeks.
Comment by Cissy on February 2, 2017 at 3:50pm
In the last email I received, my son did tell me that the computer he usually uses had been secured every time he checked. I don't know if that means locked up or someone had already been using it but whatever the reason I haven't heard from him for a while. I see on the Makin Island web page that things are heating up there. At this point, I simply hope that he received my last couple of care package shipments and that they gave him a virtual hug. I'm keeping the whole crew and their families in my thoughts and prayers.
Comment by navyboysmom on February 2, 2017 at 7:35am
Often during deployments your sailors will not be able to communicate due to security reasons. I know it is hard and we all worry when the ship goes silent but know it is for everyone's safety. I have been through 5 deployments and the last one was with LHD 8. When my son was on the Makin Island there was an LHD8 stents group on Facebook and it was an additional source for support and information. Erhaps that group is still there.
Comment by KTSNavymom Kathy on February 1, 2017 at 9:49pm
Last time I heard from my daughter was Jan 21
Been emailing but haven't heard a peep from her which usually means there internet is down.
Comment by Cissy on February 1, 2017 at 9:25pm
I haven't heard anything since the 22d and it was brief. I look at the pictures on Fb but have only spotted my boy once. It's not for lack of scouring the photos though!
Comment by Navy2011Mom on February 1, 2017 at 9:11pm

I'm not on this site too often anymore, but try to keep watch whenever someone else is posting.  Haven't heard from our son since Jan. 11th.  Glad to hear that you received emails up until last week.  

Comment by Maga on February 1, 2017 at 8:32pm
Hi, any news lately , haven't received any emails in more than a week.
Comment by KTSNavymom Kathy on February 1, 2017 at 12:11am
Don't seem like there is very often
Comment by Cissy on January 31, 2017 at 10:57pm
Anyone on here much?
Comment by KTSNavymom Kathy on December 5, 2016 at 4:46pm
Nov 17 she hasn't got them yet this is her Christmas box so I hope she gets it before Christmas LOL. She asked me to mail her some Christmas wrapping paper which I just mailed last week, I told her you may not have it by the 23 which is when she needs it.
The last boxes I mailed Oct. 15 and she didn't get them until the first week of Nov. so the Halloween box was a little late LOL. I'm in CA so could be why it takes so long who knows.

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