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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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Form letters for our recruits

Started this discussion. Last reply by Grasshopper Nov 24, 2009. 7 Replies

There are so many groups and forums on here that I get confused where I have seen things. I know somewhere I saw a post from someone with a suggestion of letters for her son. They were form letters…Continue

My Son is leaving for Boot Camp Nov 18th...anyone else?

Started this discussion. Last reply by lemonelephant Oct 17, 2011. 47 Replies

After my son joining the DEP program last December the day is almost here. He is scheduled to leave for BC on November 18th. He is the youngest of three boys for me and this is going to be so hard…Continue


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A little about me:
I have been married for almost 25 years and I'm the Mother of 3 Boys. I work at UNC in Chapel Hill and am a huge Tarheel fan! I am very active in my Church and a program called Angel Food Ministries which is a program that can help everyone with their grocery bill each month!
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Stage of (Sailor’s) Navy career?
When I heard “Navy,” I...
Was proud and encouraged it
The Navy offers opportunities that...
Philip began talking about a military career during his sophmore year of high school. After talking with the military recruiters at his high school he chose the Navy. When his recruiter came to talk with us we found him to be very upfront and honest with us about life in the Navy.
Our Navy experience so far...
It was positive and maturing. Our relationship has grown stronger.

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At 10:12pm on May 14, 2012, Sandy's_sailor son said…

Fair winds a following seas to your Sailor. I hope he enjoys Italy. I went there when I was 14 and have never forgotten it.

My son's home port is now officially Norfolk. He graduated from C school in Dam Neck on May 4th. His ship is the USS Gonzalez.

At 2:12pm on March 30, 2012, CLAMOM said…

We lived off of Roxboro Rd in Independence park.  Been gone about a year now. We live out in the country now and I love it!!! Not far from the Tanger Outlets in Mebane.  have you been there yet???

At 1:44pm on March 30, 2012, CLAMOM said…

Hello Grasshopper!!!  how long has your son been in the Navy?? My daughter has been in since October.

At 4:02pm on October 10, 2010, marigold said…
I wish I had gotten this before now, I would love to meet you some time. I have so many worries and not any answers, I would love to have friends to help.Thank you so much.
At 9:22pm on March 3, 2010, Anna said…
Would you like to meet up with NavyBlue and I in Garner? We're looking at Sat 3/27? She's in Clayton, I'm in Raleigh - do you know of any place that would be convenient for all 3 of us? I don't know the area too well yet.
At 11:46pm on January 12, 2010, Margaret_ProudTexasMomof2Sailors said…
Grasshopper, check out my pictures. I took some pictures of the performing band at my son's PIR on 1-8-10. I hope one is of your son. I only posted one, but took three, I think. Not sure. If you don't see your son, let me know and I will post the others, if they have a different view.

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