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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 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).  Still limited to 2 guests maximum.

Specific information on this policy change will be provided in the coming days and weeks.

We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience and appreciate your support.


RTC Graduation

**UPDATE 7/16/2021**




**UPDATE - 2020**

Due to COVID there is no public PIR. The graduations are on Thursday, and the video of the graduation is posted on RTC's FaceBook on Friday at approx 3pm. Please keep in mind that a division may need to complete additional quarantine during training which will delay their graduation.

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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Son leaving for boot camp June 24th- shin splints

Posted on June 20, 2013 at 9:23am 5 Comments

Hello, i was hoping someone could give us some advice. My son has been in the DEP program since February of this year. He was training with hopes of getting a spot in SEAL/BUDS training. He's never been super athletic but he did great, he's a great swimmer, but he had problems with his last 2 PSTs finishing the run because of shin splints. He thought they had gotten better but started bothering him again during the run. So he didn't make it before his ship out date. My question is couldl the… Continue

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At 8:40am on August 19, 2013, Lala Ribbon Queen PIR Ribbons said…

Oh, I am so so sorry. I am sure they would have been way too big for a ribbon. They are about 3 inches tall. If you want to cancel the order I understand. Just let me know. Thanks again, Lora

At 9:23am on August 18, 2013, Lala Ribbon Queen PIR Ribbons said…

I was out of one of the papers for those and had ordered it. It cam in on Friday and I will have them finished and in the mail in a few days, as soon as I get back home. You should have them this week :) Thanks so much for the order.

At 1:19pm on July 8, 2013, PROUDOFDANIEL said…

yes, i was told that your son and my son are in sister ships. Have not gotten any letters or phone calls yet. Patiently waiting!! Hang in there, we should here something soon!! I am just wondering how ppl are finding pics or getting pics of recruits training at training command!

At 11:04pm on June 24, 2013, lemonelephant said…

You are very welcome.

At 9:12am on June 20, 2013, BrandyJ'sMom(ship12div314) said…
Thank you so much!
At 7:56pm on March 25, 2013, Recruit Man - Ronny said…
Welcome to  My name is Ronny and my son has been in the Navy since February of 2012.  He is currently stationed in San Diego with a Helicopter Squadron.  He is an Aviation Structural Mechanic.  I hope you find all the info you are looking for here, and if you have any questions feel free to ask.  My son is 3rd Generation Navy, so I do know a little about the Navy..:)
If you have a new Sailor who is in Boot Camp, or leaving soon, visit and I will send you FREE Pre-Paid Phone cards for your SR to use while they are in boot camp.  I started that program when my son left for Boot Camp :)
Welcome Aboard and I wish your Sailor Fair Winds and Following Seas.

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