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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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Tara S
  • Female
  • Cheyenne, WY
  • United States

Tara S's Friends

  • Kgswifeforever
  • Gretchen Ship03/Div316 PIR 9/17
  • Heather(Lucas' mom)
  • Liz71184
  • Proudma Groton CT sub school
  • angela (Ship 3/DIV 316 PIR 9/17)
  • katdoe
  • navymom91
  • hurstmichelle (Pens A Schl / IT)
  • SOBE,PIR 6/4/10 IT Mom, Italy
  • Cathi
  • Lori (Ship03/Div312-PIR9/17)

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A little about me:
I am a mother to four kids, 3 girls and 1 boy. They are all grown and out on their own. I have six grandkids. My son just left for RTC in Great Lakes; it's been three weeks. I am so incredibly proud of him, of the man my boy has become. Words do not express what I feel inside so I tend to ramble on. Just looking for some mother's that feel the same so my ramblings don't sound quite so crazy.
I am here to support my
Stage of (Sailor’s) Navy career?
When I heard “Navy,” I...
Was proud and encouraged it
The Navy offers opportunities that...
It's only been a few months since he enlisted, and only 3 weeks since he left for RTC so I don't feel like I know anything yet, but I'm learning. The most important thing so far is the respect, pride, and admiration I have for the people that choose the military way of life. Supporting our troops is our most important job at home.

Now that my son has been in for a year and getting ready for his first deployment, the most important thing I have learned was BE FLEXIBLE! Everything can change in the blink of an eye and you can't get upset about it. Gotta learn to go with the flow and it makes life a whole lot easier to deal with. My son is loving the Navy!
Our Navy experience so far...
It was positive and maturing. Our relationship has grown stronger.

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At 2:12am on November 25, 2010, Cathi said…
At 11:13am on November 2, 2010, Kgswifeforever said…
Hey Tara!! My hubby graduates on 11-12 and will be going to p-cola for a school... can you tell me the process??? He does have liberty all weekend..Just need to know what he can take and when to mail his stuff or whatever...
At 1:23pm on September 17, 2010, MRs L* said…
At 8:04am on September 14, 2010, Proudma Groton CT sub school said…
Hey Tara, hope you are hanging in there. I have so much anxiety this morning I could scream. Wish our kids didn't have BS the night before we arrive. So unfair to us. I talked to a girl in the Navy and she says that they make sure you pass. I hope she is right. Hate to think that we jumped the gun making these reservations. They wouldn't do that would they. Prayers going out to all our kids during this important week. Hang in there.
At 11:30pm on September 7, 2010, Cathi said…
At 1:29pm on September 2, 2010, Gretchen Ship03/Div316 PIR 9/17 said…
I got a call last week but it was for information only. Some security clearance thing. It was a very programed call. He could not answer any of my question. He said thanks at the end. you could tell he was prompted or someone was listening in. I wish he would call so I could find out what that was all about. I am just learning this site and I am not very good on the computer any help would be great.
At 11:19am on August 26, 2010, Pritter(ship3 div 313) said…
Tara, try not to stress over it...there will be many without families there. I am sure he will match up with someone in his unit and go out on the town for a little bit. Then take a really long hot shower and hopefully call home! He will be so relieved to be out of BC and will adjust to not having the family with him. I am sure you will get a call that day! Hang in there, I KNOW it is hard.
At 10:32am on August 26, 2010, Cathi said…
At 10:10am on August 22, 2010, Cathi said…
At 5:54pm on August 21, 2010, katdoe said…
I live in San Jose, CA. My daughter graduated in June from Oak Grove High School. I have two girls at home 15 & 14. We will be going out to Great Lakes for the graduation. I would be great to have someone that we know. Write to me and we can share stories.

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