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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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A little about me:
From Cincinnati, Ohio. Son going to BC April 8th. First child to join the military.
I am here to support my
Stage of (Sailor’s) Navy career?
Waiting to leave for Boot Camp
When I heard “Navy,” I...
Was proud and encouraged it
Our Navy experience so far...
It was positive and maturing. Our relationship has grown stronger.

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At 7:26pm on May 22, 2013, donnad said…

Not sure if you are still checking messages, wfindley, but I wanted you to know I saw your post re your son being diagnosed with Hep C.  I'm so sorry to hear this.  My son came home a few days' ago (from Separation HELL), and he, too, came home sick.  In addition to being sick, he had a cracked tooth that got horribly infected making him even more ill.  He asked that a dentist at GL see him and was told they will see you but you must pay for it (he had no money on him!) because you are in separation.  When he went to the dentist here at home the other day she was appalled they left him in that condition.

I feel your pain.  I am curious, too, and have not asked anyone else this, but my son was paid for his time in BC.  They did take $650 for uniforms and boots (which they took back), and they also told my son they would be sending him a bill in five/six months for over $400 to cover the cost of his sneakers, tshirts, sweatpants, backpack and ditty bag!  Did your son also receive the same message when he left GL?

I'm a bit disenchanted with the Navy right now but very proud that my son gave up ten months of his life to try to do something honorable - serve his country.

I'd be interested in your input.  Thanks!

At 7:12pm on April 29, 2013, lemonelephant said…

The RE-8 means that he must have a waiver (actually I think it is at least 2) to get back in. He will have information on how long he must wait before starting the reenlistment process; it's usually around 6 months. Some have been successful in getting the waivers and have gone on to BC again and others have not. Waivers are granted on a case by case basis.

At 6:18pm on April 29, 2013, diannep said…

You may want to contact CRAIG (Aurora CO) for some the questions you have on the Ship 5 group. He may have more info for you.  Here's his page:

At 3:05am on April 15, 2013, BunkerQB said…
At 2:04pm on April 2, 2013, number3 said…

Many prayers to you all

At 11:41am on April 2, 2013, number3 said…

hi my son left one day before to the hotel took nothing but a heavy jacket for the cold and his he wore..he wanted to throw away ..that way he had only few things to send back home ..less money to send home ..took a telephone card with him as well ..hope i have done well my info from here and there ..hope i have helped..stay strong

At 10:15am on April 2, 2013, bonitacruzita5894 said…

I will be thinking of you, your son and the rest of your family in the coming days. Many prayers to all of you.

At 4:37pm on March 27, 2013, frandnavymom said…
So very sorry for your loss, I will pray for you and your family in your time of grief. Know that your father is no longer suffering, he is at piece now and in a better place. I know how difficult this is for your family, I lost my brother and then my dad almost a month later in the end of 2011. Your dad will always be with you.
At 10:08am on March 27, 2013, ConnieA said…

So very sorry for your loss. Prayers are with you and your family.

At 2:51pm on December 28, 2012, Lisa said…

That is why my son chose it. When he was ready to go he was ready to go...Patience is not one of his best qualities! He went to MEPS the first time in mid September and left on December 13th. So, I definitely understand where he is coming from. Will he be leaving from Columbus? That is where my son left from and I noticed you are in Cincinnati.


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