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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 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).  

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 6/23/2022 - MASK MANDATE IS LIFTED -  Vaccinations still 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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I am a registered nurse working in Same Day Surgery. We live in a rural part of northern NJ . Black bears in the yard is not unusual. Kathryn my daughter has been in the Navy for over 3 years. She is an FE and loves it!!!
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It was positive and maturing. Our relationship has grown stronger.

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At 12:49pm on April 19, 2009, Pat B said…
Thanks Charley, my packages have never gotten there faster than4-6 weeks. My post office is great they even help me pack!!! It is the joke the boy or the girl? I try to mail to my son in law who is based in King's Bay, Georgia as well as my baby. PS the official wedding is in September!!!!
Love your pic miss those hugs....Pat
At 12:41pm on April 19, 2009, Pat B said…
Hey Pat, Thanks for the info. Finally found a church that would work with us...had contacted 17. No exceptions to all things Catholic but I found a 1 day precanna in Jacksonville on 6/20 which I signed them up. Hopefully she will be back and they can both get off. I have given it up to God. I have left messages for the Catholic chaplin at Jax with no response as yet. Just another wedding challenge!! Have a good day.
At 3:52pm on March 30, 2009, Pat B said…
I need help and or advice..the wedding is fast approaching it will be in NJ. Kat is stationed in JAX but is currently on deployment. Has anyone worked with Catholic chaplains regarding pre canna and all other requirements. There seems to be no adjustments for deployment etc. All advice welcome.
At 5:17pm on December 17, 2008, Navy for Moms Admin said…
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At 5:08pm on December 12, 2008, Pat B said…
Thanks so much for the welcome:)) So few people understand even the basics of military and it is so frustrating they make it seem like these kids are at some kind of "different college". They just don't appreciate the sacrifice and the courage of all these men and women. And I miss my girl soo much I would gladly"adopt" any other serviceman...just wish we were closer to a base. Sorry, haven't talked to her since she arrived in Japan she told her fiancee busy flying missions. I have no phone number,address, email yet:( Now for info: Kat has been in since 8/06 she is a flight engineer on a P3 Orion. She absolutely loves it!! She just graduated in Jacksonville 6/08 #1 in her class. Sorry bragging can't help myself! She has been qualifying in all the required areas. She is quite assertive and likes to challenge herself. In addition, Kat is engaged to a great guy Matt, from home who is also Navy and stationed in Georgia. Wedding in NJ 9/09. Really loved hearing from you guys. Will upload pics when I figure it out!! Pat

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