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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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Derrick's Mom
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Day 2..

Started this discussion. Last reply by Derrick's Mom Jul 19, 2013. 4 Replies

I'm day 2 post leaving for boot camp, my emotions are all over the place :( I'm so happy for my son, but I miss him so much already.


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At 9:51am on July 29, 2013, navyboy said…
My son Kevin left on July 16, but his father and I are divorced and don't speak, I have been sending letters since the 17 to Great Lakes but I don't know his division. I did not receive a call, a package nor a letter. I am so proud, but I have not been included in anything, and it hurts! Unfortunately, my son didn't include me either, the divorce put a lot of strain on my family and I didn't find out he was joining until until the 12 July. I still write but feel if he wanted me involved he would write. I am writing my last letter today, the pain of not knowing is killing me! DeeLi
At 6:41pm on July 26, 2013, Soproudofyou said…
Hi Derrick's mom. Looks like my son and yours are in the same division. I started a Facebook page so we could talk easier. I get so confused on this site. If your interested it is RTC Ship 13, Div. 348. Hope to see you on fb.
At 4:20pm on July 22, 2013, Jennifer said…
I received your note. Nice to have a fellow Mom from mass!
How are you holding up?
Did you get the form letter already with the address?
Hope your doing well... Definitely tougher than i thought

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