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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 sent to RCU and is being separated - grieving!

Started this discussion. Last reply by Ummi Nov 11, 2021. 6 Replies

Hi Navy Moms!Our son left for Basic 3 weeks ago and everything seemed fine.  Got the first call and 2 days ago we got our first letter (sent a few days after he arrived - he was doing great).  Then,…Continue

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Ummi replied to DuchessAK's discussion 'Son sent to RCU and is being separated - grieving!'
"Hi DuchessAK! I'm new daughter left for BC on Aug. 24. She, like your son, was doing well. Then I got her call that she was being moved to RCU due to stress fractures in her legs. She was bummed, but she's serious about going…"
Nov 11, 2021
B'sNukeMoM⚓️MMN replied to DuchessAK's discussion 'Son hurt and coming home' in the group Ship 5 Moms(Formerly Ship 17)
"There's a very good chance he can reenlist.  He will have to get waivers but it can be done.  Here's the link to the re-enlistment codes.  Be sure to look at it. Re Enlistment Codes And remind him he did not fail - it's…"
Aug 30, 2021
DuchessAK replied to DuchessAK's discussion 'Son sent to RCU and is being separated - grieving!'
"Thanks! I haven't been on message boards since the late 90's, so i forget how many places to check for messages!"
Aug 28, 2021
DuchessAK added a discussion to the group Ship 5 Moms(Formerly Ship 17)

Son hurt and coming home

Hi Ship 5 Moms! I'm so glad to have found y'all. My son went to medical with extreme leg pain on week 2 day 1 and, aftet a week of light duty, was diagnosed with a stree fracture in each tibia. He is crushed! He has wanted to be a Sailor since he was 6 and went DEP.his Senior year in HS and was on the Nuke track.Can anyone give me hope that, after some physical recovery at home, he can reenlist? In his phone calls home he was in tears, applogizing for failing. I told him that he didn't fail,…See More
Aug 28, 2021
B'sNukeMoM⚓️MMN replied to DuchessAK's discussion 'Son sent to RCU and is being separated - grieving!'
"I am so sorry to hear this.   Here's the link to the Ship 5 group on here.  It's not real active but you can find some helpful info, especially about reapplying.  There's also a link there to the FaceBook group…"
Aug 26, 2021
DuchessAK posted a discussion

Son sent to RCU and is being separated - grieving!

Hi Navy Moms!Our son left for Basic 3 weeks ago and everything seemed fine.  Got the first call and 2 days ago we got our first letter (sent a few days after he arrived - he was doing great).  Then, later that same day, we get a call that he has been injured and was being taken to the hospital for Xrays.  Today he called, 3 stress fractures, a fractured foot and he is being separated from the Navy.  It was os hard to hear his call (I was in a bad area for reception).  He says he is getting a…See More
Aug 26, 2021
B'sNukeMoM⚓️MMN left a comment for DuchessAK
"Welcome to!    Head to “Settings” on the main page right away to add a profile image (no last names visible, please) and complete your Profile. Then - and this is important! - read these Community…"
Aug 25, 2021

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At 1:54pm on August 28, 2021, Chipmunk said…

Hi DuchessAK - I saw your message in the latest activity feed. I replied to the one I was able to, but I also wanted to post here so you could always reach out to B'sNukeMom or myself. If you need us, just click on our icon picture and it should take you to our profile page where you may post a comment like I have done here for you as well. 

At 11:21pm on August 25, 2021, B'sNukeMoM⚓️MMN said…

Welcome to!   

Head to “Settings” on the main page right away to add a profile image (no last names visible, please) and complete your Profile. Then - and this is important! - read these Community Guidelines and this Operations Security (OPSEC) Checklist, for the safety and privacy of all our Sailors.

Then jump right in!  Browse around the site and check out the groups and the information in their Discussion Forums.

Join this group for boot camp moms, where you'll also find a group for your Pass in Review (graduation) date; and this one for PIR Reference Information.  

Get a head start during boot camp by joining groups for, and learning about, your Sailor's occupational specialty and "A" School; and later your Sailor's duty station and/or Navy ship and homeport. You can also join groups for your own state, region or home town and interests from getting ready for deployment to care package ideas!

Please say Hi when you join a group, and feel free to ask any and all questions - everyone was new once, and there is no "dumb" question.  This site was created by the U.S. Navy just for you, and we look forward to getting to know you and your Sailor.  Welcome to the NAVY family - we're so glad you're here!!

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