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Make sure to read our Community Guidelines and this Navy Operations Security (OPSEC) checklist - loose lips sink ships!

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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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i cant send a email to my son in japan

Started this discussion. Last reply by shirleyblack52 Sep 26, 2014. 9 Replies

i cant send a email to my soj in japanContinue


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my son is in japan and will leave to go on the boat for 6 months how is it on the boat

Posted on June 6, 2013 at 2:07pm 7 Comments

my son is in japan and will leave to go on the boat for 6 months how is it on the boat

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At 3:21pm on September 26, 2014, lemonelephant said…

What is your Sailor's rating (job/specialty)? There may be a group for that as well.

At 3:20pm on September 26, 2014, lemonelephant said…

Since you have a Sailor, you can change "Waiting to leave for Boot Camp" to "Enlisted".

Don't forget to make changes 1, 2, and 3.

At 3:19pm on September 26, 2014, lemonelephant said…

Join USS George Washington Sailors, CARRIER Families! and/or Yokosuka, Japan Moms. The USS George Washington, currently stationed in Japan, will move to Newport News, Va., for its refueling and complex overhaul. When that happens you will want check out Norfolk Sailors - Family & Friends.

At 3:06pm on September 26, 2014, lemonelephant said…

If your Username contains your last name, you need to make changes 1, 2 (the URL appears to contain a different last name, so that gives even more info about you), and 3 at the bottom of OPSEC and PERSEC (Making Changes to Your Profile) (clickable link). There may be other changes you need to make as well, so read and consider each of the changes.

At 3:05pm on September 26, 2014, lemonelephant said…

What is your Sailor's rating (job/specialty) and/or where is he stationed (what vessel, if one)? There may be groups I can direct you to.

At 12:42pm on March 5, 2013, jansu831 said…

I requested you as a friend but it is still pending.  I have a contact name for you if you are interested.

At 10:02am on December 10, 2012, shirleyblack52 said…

has you son got to come home

At 10:21am on December 9, 2012, TrueBlue said…


My son did not like Japan either when he first arrived. It's was a culture shock and his first time being so far away from his family....We live in Florida....Now that he's been there nearly two yrs and made some really great friends, things are much better. He and his buddies rent a little place just off base and I think that has helped a great deal. Although he is not saving as much $ as he should, sleeping in a bed rather than a rack is really nice. Your sailor will adjust. It just takes time. Sometimes I think it's harder on us parents than anyone else. My son joined right out of high school - bootcamp, A school, first child to leave home. I probably cried everyday for the first year :( It will does get easier. Send letters, pictures, care packages and email every chance you get. I have found that no new is good news. When I don't hear from him, I know he is out having fun. From what I hear, the port towns are wild and crazy fun. Encourage your sailor to go rock climbing, hit the beach and take in the sites. My son has sent us beautiful pictures from his adventures. He's experiencing things that would not be possible in FL. I'll keep you in my prayers ~ Hang tough, it will get easier.

At 6:41pm on March 23, 2012, jbr0001-USS Harry Truman-VAQ 130 said…

Hello how are you???

At 10:59pm on March 7, 2012, BunkerQB said…

We have a Survival Guide for Navy For Moms Newbie (clickable link). You'll find everything you need to get started. Videos, PDF files of boot camp processing days, links to all the important groups plus tips on how to use this site. Keep in mind the videos and PDF files may take some time to download the first time you try it. It'll look like nothing is happening. Be patient. Best part is it'll be here on your very own page as a reference. Click the MY PAGE tab on above menubar to access your page anytime - you should do it at least once a day to see if you have any postings on your comment wall (like this one). Good luck.



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