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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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Weddings **Future Brides**


Weddings **Future Brides**

Wedding bliss doesn't always seem like that if you planning a white wedding with a military man.

Gather Ideas, Planning tips, great website good deals.

*Mother of the Groom or Bride share you stories or experiance

Members: 76
Latest Activity: Dec 22, 2016

Discussion Forum

Big wedding planning

Started by EricakK81. Last reply by EricakK81 Jan 20, 2014. 4 Replies

How do you plan a big wedding ? He is in A school right now but on hold and doesn't know when his class will start. How do u pick a date and plan for the wedding? We r getting married court house…Continue

Catholic Wedding

Started by jmasseca. Last reply by EricakK81 Jan 4, 2014. 4 Replies

Hey Ladies! For anyone that may know anything about the catholic church and getting married in one but not being catholic, I would love to talk to you. I need someone's expertise! My fiance is…Continue

My fiancé was told to postpone the wedding

Started by kikicook12. Last reply by amberrose Feb 2, 2012. 2 Replies

My fiancé and I had originally planned to get married before he finished A school and got his first orders, but recently he's been told from a number of higher ups that a wedding will be too…Continue

info for a church wedding

Started by Ari♥. Last reply by jodybrock Jan 27, 2012. 3 Replies

Hi, I have a question, I hope someone of you have some information about this, Im catolic and we want to get married by the church BUT my fiance doesn´t have the sacrament of confirmation, do you…Continue

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Comment by Anti M on January 24, 2012 at 4:19pm

I may not have wanted a big wedding for myself, but I do love listening to the planning when others are doing it.  But them my practical side pipes up with "For $2000, you can get a really good mattress and box spring....".  Hehehe.

I did a buffet for my niece as my gift, and I was asked to do other weddings!  Had to refuse, because I didn't have a license.  Poor girl was serving sheet cake, nut and mint cups, and lime sherbert in Sprite... and nothing else.  Yikes.  I pulled together hot and cold buffet, with non-alcoholic drinks, including the decor to match her colors, for under $500.  She had the reception in her church, so it wasn't fancy.  They had no money at all, everyone pitched in to make anything at all happen.  She even had to rent her dress.  

Both she and her husband chose colors, purple and silver and Navy blue and teal. You should have seen the cake her SIL did with a purple fountain, teal and silver silk flowers, and Navy tulle bows.  Too many colors!  

Comment by Jo (Wife of an ET Radioman) on January 24, 2012 at 3:35pm

Whitney--I've fallen in love with a venue already, but shopping around is never a bad idea! My mom and I are checking out another one this weekend. 

The date is all up to my photographer, funny enough. He's a very good friend of mine who professionally photographs weddings. We'll take whatever open Friday he has! :D

I've been asking as we tour venues about their flexibility. The one I love is willing to shift the date anywhere within the calendar year, which I think is great. Not QUITE a military clause, but pretty damned close. 

In the meantime, we'll be married at a courthouse in Groton next month. My visit out there is really the only chance we'll have to get the legalities taken care of and get me onto Matt's paperwork.

Comment by Sweet*Southern*Lady on January 23, 2012 at 1:25am

Jo I'm from Peoria,IL but with so few good location they fill up nearly a year to a year and a half in advance. So It always great to start ahead of time in your research, it also takes time to visit the locations, meet coordinators or planners for each location.

Jo, I say start with a few dates, find a location for wedding (church or other site), reception, and your photographer. When you find a date that is open with all those places pick it! Most of the time they will have a reservation fee and you'll signing a contract (make sure it has a military clause). Fees for our wedding were: Photographer $500, Church $55, and Reception (with caterer) $2,000.

Comment by Jo (Wife of an ET Radioman) on January 17, 2012 at 9:16pm

So now that Matt finally asked me to be his wife....I get to start hunting down all the details that come with a wedding. Thankfully we're having it sometime in 2014, so there's not a huge rush to put stuff together.

It's just...different, I guess, 'cause I always figured he'd be there to check out venues and eat cake and whatever with me. If anything, he's taken a totally hands-off approach aside from encouraging me to get it done. Weird...but I understand, he's plenty busy with BESS.

Comment by NavySweetheart11 on January 13, 2012 at 4:19pm

Haha, thanks! I'm still on cloud 9 :)

Comment by Sweet*Southern*Lady on January 11, 2012 at 11:08pm

Navysweetheart, that is super cute!

Comment by NavySweetheart11 on January 10, 2012 at 4:11pm

Thanks everybody! It was sooo sweet. He proposed to me by the river. It was the same place we had our first date. He gave me three pennies and told me to make three different wishes and I threw them one by one over the bridge. And then he made a wish and said "I wish you will say yes" and then he got down one knee and asked me! Haha, so cute, I'm just so excited!

Comment by abuon18 on January 10, 2012 at 2:20pm
Congratulations NavySweetheart11! That's so exciting! Good luck with the wedding planning!
Comment by Ari♥ on January 10, 2012 at 2:19pm

and how it was the proposal?? :D ♥

Comment by mn linda (nuke MM ELT Groton CT) on January 10, 2012 at 2:18pm

congratulations NavySweetheart11


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