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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 2:27pm on October 16, 2013, Milette (Ship13/Div 037) said…

hi, sounds like your son is a month ahead of mine so they will be at places together. I'm estimating PIR to be Dec 13 give or take a week, would definitely like to chat, thank you for requesting ☺ 

At 11:35pm on October 3, 2013, navymom2013 said…

Melissa - my email is

At 2:28pm on October 3, 2013, navymom2013 said…

Hi Melissa - my name is Linda - My son is in Groton now.  He tells me it is starting to get cool around 60 in the day today.  The commissary has been closed for two days with the shutdown and some of the guys don't have a car- it is tough for them to get food.  I went there for my son's BESS graduation and stayed for over a week at the Navy Lodge - two blocks outside the base gate - great place by the way but if you want to go there, make plans early as the only have 72 or so rooms and they work with the new families that come onto the sub base so sometimes they don't have many rooms available.  If I can help you with anything - please let me know.  Where are you from?  I know how proud you must be because I am.  My son is going into ET-Nav and he is in A-School now,

next stop Techno.  He will be there till probably May of 2014.  He is coming home for Christmas but isn't getting a real good price on Air Tickets.  The longer he waits the worse the price gets.  When he graduates next year, I am going out there again, I loved

that part of Connecticut.

At 12:34am on September 7, 2013, Swansont (ship 13 div 404) said…
What is your sons name if you don't mind me asking. I would like to see if my son knows him.
At 11:46pm on September 6, 2013, Swansont (ship 13 div 404) said…
From what my son said.....their schedule time to call is tomorrow. Stay by your phone. My SR just needed more info from me that was needed. Sounds like that was the only reason he was calling. I take it any way I can though. Just as long as it isn't bad news.
At 8:21pm on September 5, 2013, shirl said…
I read your comment after I replied, I still learning how this site works, thanks for friending me you are the first to invite me, I usually invite others. Any more questions you have just ask, this site is great for info , be sure and read all the comments on Groton page . Your son will love when he gets to Groton. It is so much more like normal life, I mean they are still navy regulations, but a much better than BC? Your son will do great. BC is sometimes harder on the moms just because we cannot hear from them. I was Air Force so was my husband so we both prepared our son for what was ahead, and I kind of knew what he was going through. Write him letters everyday, and as soon as you get his address start sending, they really look forward to letters and it keeps them going. Let me know how he is doing and how you are doing.
At 8:10pm on September 5, 2013, shirl said…
Thanks for friending me, my son is in Groton will graduate ET NAV middle of oct. , your son will be a missile tech, that is correct , missile techs go to A school in GA. BESS is About Six weeks. Once he is in Groton you can call and text him like a normal person, it is great after no communication during BC. Hope all goes well for him.
At 9:14pm on September 3, 2013, lemonelephant said…

Thanks for the Friend request; I hope we can be around for some time to support each other. If there is ever anything I can help you with, don't hesitate to ask. Take care and blessings to you and yours.

At 9:00pm on September 3, 2013, Dana said…
My son is ship 13/div 403...I received the letter today. I will be making travel arrangements shortly.
At 8:30pm on September 3, 2013, lemonelephant said…

Welcome to Boot Camp Moms (and loved ones). I look forward to sharing this journey with you. Be sure to check out the Pages (found under the pictures of the Members) for information on what to expect and to help you prepare for PIR. Since you have an SR at the RTC, you can change "Waiting to leave for Boot Camp" above to "Enlisted." What is your SR's rating (job/specialty) going to be? There are groups for most ratings and/or "A" Schools and knowing that will help you to better plan for PIR weekend. Take care and blessings to you and yours.


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