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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 7:13pm on August 1, 2012, IndyMom said…

From my expereince they complete A School first.  My son is CTI so he went to A school first in Monterey and then he goes for an additional six months in Cryptology in Georgia.  I believe they do A School before specialized training.  You can double check this with FireTeam Wife.

At 11:31am on July 2, 2012, IndyMom said…

If you go to main page on N4M and hit link for Newbies you will find a Map of RTC that has all the Ships, their number and locations.  Letters should be addressed as follows:

SR  Last Name, First, Middle

Ship #    Division #

Recruit Training Command

Address of Ship Location ex. 3600 Ohio Street for Ship #3

Great Lakes, Il    60088-3156

Let the letters begin!

At 8:22pm on June 27, 2012, michellec said…

Hey there Julie!!  It's Michelle.  How are you liking this site so far?  Have you looked at the page where some parents have posted some of their letters from boot camp?  Some of them are actually pretty funny to read.  Once you find out Jordan's ship and division as well as PIR date, you may want to see if there is a group formed and join it.  I joined the one for my son and it was really helpful.  You will be able to have the support of a lot of people going thru the same thing at the exact same time.  It was a great blessing.  Have fun and hang on for a fantastic ride!!!!   :-)

At 11:07pm on June 25, 2012, IndyMom said… son left May 15 so I feel like a veteran now 6 weeks in. we go.  Make sure he has a phone card, prepaid visa card, identification, wallet, a few snacks,  and address to send the box and form letter (some SR's get so nervous they forget).  Start writing letters the day he leaves-letters are there lifelines.  You won't get his address for a week or more after he arrives, but I didn't have this information and my son did get a letter till almost the end of the third week-he was so depressed.  Then he got 5 in one day.  Write or send pictures on back of computr paper, make sure letters aren't to thick or Recruit Commanders will read them, keep letters upbeat, humorous, and send things like jokes and inspirational quotes.  When he get there tell him to make sure he knows chain of command, never call RT's sir, never look RT's directly in eyes, and say as little as possible.  One group got extra phone calls and priviledges by waking up before RT woke them for the day.  Also, they should try to help fellow SR's when possible, but if it is a female they must make no physical contact.  Keep phone with you at all times- first call comes when they arrive, then second is usually week four unless they need info from home or there is a problem(no news is good news is the motto), but if they have done well you could get a call at anytime so watch for that 847 area code.

At 3:48pm on January 27, 2012, Navy for Moms Admin said…

Welcome to Navy For Moms!

You will find this site very helpful and full of members who are eager to answer your questions.  Browse around the site and check out the forums, groups, blogs, photos, videos, and even the other member profiles!  

If you haven’t already, please make sure that you review our Community Guidelines to learn the “Do’s and Don’ts” of the community. Also, check out this Internet OPSEC Safety Video.

Enjoy your time here! I look forward (along with the community) to reading more about you! :) 



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