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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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my son left for boot camp last tues and I am trying to deal with not hearing from him can I get some good advice

Posted on February 6, 2010 at 12:25pm 11 Comments

my son left for boot camp on feb 2nd tues its only been a week, but I have been crying every day just worried about him the hardest part is the not hearing from him..... I got the box of all of his stuff and was hoping for a letter or a address but nothing, can anyone tell me how long it takes to get a address or to hear something! I worry because my son always had a hard time sticking to anything he always quit everything he started so I just pray he sticks to boot camp and stays strong and… Continue

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At 6:53am on March 31, 2010, RTC Command Master Chief said…
Graduated Sailors can experience delays going to follow on training for a number of reasons. Some are awaiting results from special physicals, clearing problems with security clearances, clearing minor pre-existing legal issues, etc.
These types of issues may cause some uncertainty with regard to departure dates as we often are waiting for information/clearance from entities outside of Recruit Training Command.
Some Sailors are delayed by a few days due to class-up dates at follow on commands.
Some depart nearly immediately due to class-up dates at follow on commands.
These Sailors know what the exact departure date is (in the orders they receive).
The vast majority of graduates depart with a few days of graduation.
I hope this information helps.

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