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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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At 7:47pm on March 30, 2011, patteye1069 said…
hi there! yes its Aric! He graduates BC next Friday!
At 9:01am on November 20, 2010, JudieK said…
Jimmy's PIR is Jan 14- we'll be staying at the Ramada in Waukegan(?). The prices are very reasonable! I'm OK with Jimmy sending the letter to his girlfriend... I remember when I was their age... I would have done the same thing! I'm glad you got your box and a note.... real letters will be coming soon! have a happy thanksgiving!
At 7:06pm on November 17, 2010, JudieK said…
I hope all is well for you and your daughter! Jimmy sent the letter to his girlfriend (not to me!) but I guess that's as it should be. He said his life "really blows" right now. I can imagine!! :) But it's all good... this will build character! Hang in there- keep in touch!

~ Judie
At 10:33am on November 11, 2010, JudieK said…
I wonder how many other kids from WNY will be in boot camp together? Jimmy will be going down to Charleston, NC afterwards to "A" School.
At 10:31am on November 11, 2010, JudieK said…
Hello! Here is what I posted earlier today, that kind of sums up Jimmy's experience, and why he joined the Navy:

My son Jimmy just started boot camp on November 9. Actually I think he got there around 11:00 pm on the 9th. Anyone else in that group? Sometimes I wonder if I'm not a good mom. Jimmy is 21- went to college at 17 and did nothing but drink and party. He flunked out.... wasting thousands of my hard-earned dollars. He took a couple years off to work and party.... didn't live at home because I wouldn't have it. When he was not eating and unable to pay his bills, I made him come back home. He finally decided to go back to community college... and then proceeded to NOT GO to class at all. *sigh*. That's when he said "It's OK- I'm joining the Navy." So for me... I'm not all emotional about all the hard work and "suffering" they have to endure... I'm GLAD and even a little gleeful that my son is having to have discipline imposed upon him, since he couldn't impose it on himself. Does anyone else feel this way? It seems I'm the only mom here who isn't feeling heartbroken about their son/daughter's absence. I love him, don't get me wrong... but this is absolutely the best thing for him, and he's been away from home and "in the world" for long stretches prior to this, so I'm used to it. I wonder if I'm the only one who feels this way.
At 10:24pm on November 9, 2010, JudieK said…
Hello! My son Jimmy left for boot camp yesterday. He arrived today... but I haven't gotten the call from him yet. I wonder if he just had too much going on when he got there. I'm very excited that he's starting this new phase of his life.
At 2:56pm on November 9, 2010, Lynne said…
Our sons share the same will see me in your boot camp for moms groups and in your PIR groups..hang in is on the way...I am just a message away...
At 3:52pm on October 20, 2010, Navy for Moms Admin said…
Welcome to Navy For Moms!

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