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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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Face it, weddings are a big business and all the vendors want your dollars.  Unless your family is loaded and willing to pay, you'll need to budget tightly for your day.  after all, it will be followed shortly by setting up an apartment and a possible move cross-country.  You do not want to start your marriage in debt. Begin planning with dollars in mind, be realistic, and have fun!


Please add helpful links, your tips and ideas, and any experiences you have had, good or bad.

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One tip I have is to check out the chapel on base, and the party rooms at the base clubs.  Some of the bases have lovely facilities and are very affordable, and do reasonable catering.


I couldn't find a similar link for Virginia.  LOL, San Diego is just such a Navy town!

If your sailor has deployed, and you will be marrying upon his return, you may be eligible for a free wedding gown.

I use this company a lot for supplies (not wedding, LOL), so if you don't have a good party store in your area, I can recommend these folks for inexpensive favors and decor:

Thank you Anti M, I'll need these sites! :)
As you google, if you come across a good one, please add it!
Great stuff anti M!!!

If you are looking for a good deal on save-the-dates or invitations try Vista Print!


We used Vista Print for our invitations and I was thrilled with the quality and the price!  You can also get a pretty fast turn around time.  We even got adorable personalized envelope seals and return labels that matched our invitations for really cheap. 

How many people can we have at a wedding on the base chapel? Does it just depend on the base? Lol it'll probably be easier once I know where he'll be but im just wondering if itd be realistic for us to look into it.. :)
It just depends on the base, some chapels are quite small.


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