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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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Navy Speak

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Visite esta página para explorar en su idioma las oportunidades de educación y carreras para sus hijos en el Navy.




Mineman Moms

My son arrived at RTC on 11/15/11.  His current contract has him as a Mineman and I am looking to see if there are any other Mineman Moms out there that have sons/daughters who are going in or have just arrived!  Mineman is such a small community that it is hard to gather information about the rate, and would like to hear stories or talk about what our children are doing!

Members: 58
Latest Activity: Jan 6, 2021

Discussion Forum

mom needing to know if there are any other mineman moms

Started by mary. Last reply by Patty Nov 13, 2019. 13 Replies

My son has recently arrived at Great Lakes andf I'm wondering if there are any other moms out there that have sons there.  He's waiting to get started.  It will hopefully be soon.  He has met one…Continue

Navy Mineman Mom

Started by Dodoapple2. Last reply by Justasailorsmom Oct 26, 2018. 5 Replies

I don't really see lots of mineman discussion here.My son is currently in Point Loma, San Diego, CA. Was told that he will be there for his A School till Aug 2017, then he will be off to his next…Continue

Leaving for bootcamp Oct 8 2014

Started by FREEBIRD6819 OCT 8TH BOOTCAMP. Last reply by Michelle0120 Aug 1, 2015. 2 Replies

Hi all… my son is leaving for bootcamp on Oct 8 .. he is going to be a mine man.. any information would be very generous.. as far as schooling and the job itself.. I have another son who is a 2nd…Continue

leaving for bootcamp 9/10/14

Started by kathy. Last reply by Julie-Jake Nov 22, 2014. 3 Replies

My son is leaving Brooklyn NY 9/10/14 for the great lakes as a mineman.  He is in the reserves.  Does anyone know how long it will be, can we stay at the Navy lodge, and how long will A school be in…Continue

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Comment by KarenW56 on November 25, 2016 at 10:57pm
Are there any current Mineman Mom's out there ?
Comment by Mcway74 on February 24, 2016 at 1:30pm

Hello! I've been reading all the comments and I see that someone said school is not in tx? But in Cali? What's up with the false information?

Comment by Michelle0120 on August 1, 2015 at 3:58pm
Can anyone tell me If there is Liberty allowed for Christmas if my son is still in A school in San Diego at the time?
Comment by Paige ship14 div 161 PIR4/26 on July 28, 2015 at 11:23pm
My husband is no longer in the service but when he was he was also a mineman. Right after boot camp he stayed in great lakes for ATT school and then once that was completed he went to San Diego for A school.

Hopefully this helps
Comment by shelly on May 1, 2015 at 6:45pm
Well Michelle. The thing about the Navy is that they have to wait for classes to "fill up" before they start. So this means lots of hold time. My son was pretty lucky. He only had to wait a week for Att to start and then went to San Diego. When he got there he had to do other schools first before his mineman class. Then he had c school too so it took from dec 2013 bootcamp til dec 2014 to leave for Bahrain. He took leave to come home to NY en route to overseas in late November.

Are you from the San Diego area?
Comment by Michelle0120 on May 1, 2015 at 5:24pm
Hi Shelly . Thanks for the info. He heads to basic in August , so still always away, but time goes quickly. :) how is your son liking Bahrain? Is the A school training in San Diego really only 13 weeks after ATT in GL?
Comment by shelly on May 1, 2015 at 4:36pm
Hi Michelle 0120 minemen only mainly go to three places Bahrain, Japan or San Diego. My son chose Bahrain but chances are probably good that yours could get San Diego. Where is your son now? Mineman school is not in Ingleside if that's what they told you, he will go to San Diego for training.
Comment by Michelle0120 on May 1, 2015 at 3:51pm
Hello. My son will be going to A school for mineman training. Does anybody know what bases he would be able to choose from, depending of course how he does in school, after he finishes school? Are they all out of the country ? Is there ever a choice for San Diego ?
Comment by junebug14 on June 10, 2014 at 4:33pm

Thank goodness! I am so ready to see my sailor!!!

Comment by Minemom on June 10, 2014 at 4:13pm
C school is short...3 weeks

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