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Make sure to read our Community Guidelines and this Navy Operations Security (OPSEC) checklist - loose lips sink ships!

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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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At 11:35pm on December 11, 2011, MarianneKT's Mom said…

Pamela - I too have wrapped my daughters Christmas and Birthday packages each year without any problems. She got to open them herself;)

At 8:55am on September 5, 2011, MarianneKT's Mom said…
Pamela - welcome to the Japan group. Sorry that I can't help you with information about Misawa - my daughter has been in Sasebo since April 2009 and serves on the USS Essex. Were you looking for information specific to Misawa or ??
At 4:06pm on February 10, 2011, NukeMom(CVN-75) said…
Hi Pamela, I guess you can say I am new. My son is still at BC. He PIR's next Friday. I am waiting for my "I'm A Sailor" call as well. But my son will be joining the ranks at GC on Wednesday 23rd. Just wanted to stop in and say hello to a fellow Nuke mom newbie!
At 11:16pm on January 4, 2011, Kellymcd11 said…
I know how you feel.  My son said that only the boys who did well got to call home. It was a reward. He said there are a few who are messing up but what upsets him is these particular boys are not trying and dont seem to care which makes it harder for everyone. He said there is no talking to them.. We are flying from boston to milwaukee. we got a great price.   It is tuff for me to he had a curfew for 10 during the week and 11 on the weekend only if he had something constructive to do. He asked for 12 and I told him no. He said but mom I am going into the navy and I have to be home early than my friends.  Mr reply was " I am calling the Navy and telling them you have a 10 p.m. curfew"  He laughed and said you probably would....We go from so much control to none at all.  A co worker of mine is a retired Navy Master Chief and he told me there job was basically like being the surrogate parent, especially with young kids. He said they keep a closer eye on the young boys who are away from home for the first time. they dont want them "ripping out" in his terms, and getting into trouble.   He said they will not be able to call until the twentieth. I cant wait to hear from him.....
At 7:31pm on January 2, 2011, Kellymcd11 said…

Hi Pamela I left you a msg.  My son is in div 61 and is a master at arms

At 6:22pm on January 2, 2011, HockeyMom said…
Pamela, I haven't heard my son's voice since 12/06 or a letter,  I am still waiting on a call don't give up, they have to wait in a line for the phone,  Hope you also hear from your son also.  HOPE IS WHAT WE HAVE TO HANG ON TOO!!! BLESS YOU!!!!
At 12:00pm on December 6, 2010, rickiemae ship4 div 803 said…
Pamela , my son too is leaving today..... I have read so many moms feeling like a train wreak , so glad to hear I am not just a whimp. Good Luck .... chin up our boys will be coming back great men...
Brad's mom Rickie

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