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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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A little about me:
My boyfriend of 5 years has now entered the navy in the DEP. He left to go to Basic Training on 11/17/2010. I am doing all that I can to educate myself in what to expect for his upcoming Navy Career. His PIR was on 1/21/2011.

He will now be attending the AECF A School in the Great Lakes. His family and I are so very proud of what he is accomplishing in his life. We fully support the direction he has chosen to do.
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At 2:15pm on December 29, 2010, Mary, Proud Mom of Nick said…
I knew my hubby for 13 years before we married, he did the first few years of Navy life single and then we got married when he was an E5 and home on leave.  We then moved to Japan and have enjoyed life together for 25 years together.  Separations can make the heart grow fonder :-)  And although the divorce rate in the military is off the charts, for those that are mature, supportive and in it for all the right CAN work!  Be strong finish your degree while he is doing his schooling and it will all work out.
At 7:39am on December 28, 2010, Mary, Proud Mom of Nick said…

Hey Alice,

Expect your boyfriend to be in GL for about a year for schooling (give or take a month or two)  once he graduates from A school, he will move to another state for C school which can last 3 months to 9 months depending on what school he gets assigned to.  Generally AECF sailors are in school 18-24 months.


They will tell him at the end of boot camp which rate he is going into.  It doesn't matter which rate he wants - they assign the rate.  The good news is both are great rates with lots of schooling on the front end and that is a good thing in the Navy.  Once he finishes his A and C school programs, he should be a Petty Officer, which is a great start to his naval life.


I was a Navy wife for over 10 years, my hubby was an FC and now our son is an FC and is stationed in Hawaii.  Let me know what questions you may have and welcome to the group.

At 12:20pm on November 25, 2010, Mary, Proud Mom of Nick said…
Hi, welcome to the AECF group. Your boyfriend sure is hitting boot camp at a tough time with all the holidays - hope you are holding up okay. He is going into a great field with lots of schooling on the front end and good advancement. Expect him to be in GL for about a year and then he will move to another state for C school. Length and location will be determined at the end of A school. Our son is an FC and is now stationed in Hawaii! Please let us know if you have any questions and welcome to the group!
At 5:40pm on November 22, 2010, Navy for Moms Admin said…
Welcome to Navy For Moms!

You will find this site very helpful and full of members who are eager to answer your questions. Browse around the site and check out the forums, groups, blogs, photos, videos, and even the other member profiles!

If you haven’t already, please make sure that you review our Community Guidelines to learn the “Do’s and Don’ts” of the community.
Also, check out this OPSEC Internet Safety Video

Enjoy your time here and we look forward (along with the community) to reading more about you! :)

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