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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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In addition to being a Navy mom, I'm an Army wife!! Yeah, no rivalry there! I am so proud of my son for all his accomplishments. He is everything to me!
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At 3:06pm on February 24, 2010, diane {Shawns mom} said…
Very COOL...Seems like a busy life. How long has "new" hubby been in the Army? How long do you plan on being in Ft. Bragg??? Wow, college and boot camp!! good luck! thats what shawn did, finished A school then got married, well when he got his orders. Shawn is currently working on his 5 year plan, changes daily, lol...but knows the military will offer security, just "exploring" his options! LOL
At 7:37pm on February 23, 2010, diane {Shawns mom} said…
Shawn loves it too...and his Chief thinks highly of him and Shawn thinks highly of the chief, so that makes life a bit nicer in the Navy. so long has Hubby been in the Army. You must lead an interesting life or at least thats the impression that I get from military families..duty stations..meeting all kinds of people! So where are you originally from?♥
At 9:49pm on February 19, 2010, diane {Shawns mom} said…
sorry i didn't put 2 +2 how is CJ doing? liking his rate? Shawn is really liking his job, so far. Shawn will also test for 3rd class in the next month or so! Unbelievable, I/ we get so busy in life and also age catchs up and I just plain forget, sorry about that!!! I guess when I received your email at the adoptasailor email...I just didn't recongize the "full name" and you didn't say a thing, so I just "assumed" you got the info about MAS from FB or the website....I do know better then to ASSUME....♥LOL
At 12:33pm on February 19, 2010, diane {Shawns mom} said…
Is your son an EN??? My son is also...I reconize the rate on his sleeve....I am truly LOL
At 12:27pm on February 19, 2010, diane {Shawns mom} said…
What rate is your son???
At 12:27pm on February 19, 2010, diane {Shawns mom} said… this YOU DONNA>..I was chatting with Kimberly last nite, son on Makin Island and asked "if" she knew you...and also asked if you are a member on I went searching...and OMG...I know who you are>>>I am LMAO..OMG..6degrees of separation!!!! ♥....
At 5:33pm on November 13, 2008, diane {Shawns mom} said…
Shawn was home the next day! but in order for that to happen the sailor must have hard orders.....orders in hand
this is GREAT news sooooooooooo happy for you...enjoy the homecoming REALLY son is deployed at the moment and will back on dry land sometime in the spring...its harder then I thought....
its all a learning experience, that makes us stronger.. I will be there when the next navy mom fall to mush from deployment
At 3:50pm on September 3, 2008, diane {Shawns mom} said…
they get their orders while in A school...towards the son got his about 2-3 weeks before he was done..But some from what I have read..get them on the day they finish A tell him to be prepared.
How does your sailor know where he will be stationed?
Oh and as for Shawn....He *absoultely LOVES* his job...he says
mom it is the *coolest* job he loves his shipmates and has already made some *real* life long buddies...
EN don't only work on the engines, there are alot of areas of the ship that they maintain, which keeps the job interesting.
I still can't believe I met someone that has a sailor that is an EN.
I have been on this website since late Feb..08 and you are the first cool....let me know if there are any questions that your sailor wants answered...Shawn loves giving info.
At 11:17am on September 2, 2008, diane {Shawns mom} said…
HEy got your name from Molly, heard you have a sailor in A school and EN...OH how great...
My son Shawn is currently in Everret Washington...USS Rodney M. Davis...and is an EN...ask away....this is so cool to find another Snipe as well as an
At 11:29am on August 5, 2008, Donna said…
I think they are just very focused on finishing boot camp now. I'm doing okay but getting antsy to see him. It hard to stay focused for some reason! That's a great idea to have friends write encouraging words to them, you are very thoughtful. A lot of my friends here at the office wrote notes in cards I sent to him. I think just knowing we are behind them in this is helping them. I saw a comment on another groups' link that the kids were told no more phone calls until after Battlestations. That makes sense! We want them to do well. When will you get to see Josh when he is in CT?

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