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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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Salimo98's Blog (8)

Staying connected

I check my email and face book page multiple times a day. I feel disappointment when there is no activity, but it makes my day when someone has posted. I look forward to whatever someone has wrote no matter what the subject is. Anything makes me feel that much closer to my SR! I just want to take this time to say thank you to everyone for their sharing, you have made my transition into being a Navy mom much easier :-)

Added by salimo98 on November 20, 2011 at 3:09pm — No Comments

Under three weeks!

I didn't get a letter this week, but that's ok. I figure no news is good news. We are on the down hill slide with BC. When my SR left I thought it would take forever to feel this way. I can't wait to leave for PIR, but I can see the light at the end of the tunnel, I hope my SR (and yours) can too. Go 02/903!!

Added by salimo98 on November 13, 2011 at 4:16pm — 2 Comments

2nd letter

I enjoyed the letter I received today. My SR wrote 4 different days on it before he mailed it so I could really see his mood improve! He wrote that he had received my mail and that it was great to get. I still miss him alot, but it helps to see his little hand writing.

Added by salimo98 on November 3, 2011 at 9:34pm — 1 Comment

I now have to help my husband shovel the snow :-(

Shoveling snow has never been a favorite activity of mine, so when my son was old enough and interested enough to go out and help dad I was more than happy to let him. Now with him off to do his own thing I am back out there. Yesterday I was helping my husband with the first snow fall of the year and we were both missing our son big time for two totally different but similar reasons. I, for having this chore back and my husband for having to put up with my way of shoveling (he and our son had a… Continue

Added by salimo98 on November 1, 2011 at 1:39am — 3 Comments

Finally, first phone call!

My husband's cell phone rang about an hour ago with a number that he didn't recognized and he almost didn't answer it, but then he did! I looked at him funny until he said "hi buddy", then I started crying because I knew it was our son. My husband said to my son that he better hand the phone over to me first. I was trying to not cry because I wanted it to be a very positive call. I just started asking my son questions so he could talk and I could get better under control. It was great to…


Added by salimo98 on October 28, 2011 at 7:17pm — 6 Comments

Grandma received a letter!

My mother-in-law called my husband today to ask if we had received a letter from our son. No letter here, but she told him she got one today. She also told him not to tell me because she was worried I would get upset that she got one first. He told me anyway lol. I am not upset, I know our mail is slower than the lower 48. I am really glad she got a letter! Now I know he is ok! Waiting for mine...............:-)

Added by salimo98 on October 27, 2011 at 12:30am — 2 Comments

Fun picking cards

I have never been one to write letters or send cards for Birthdays or other special occasions, usually I just make a phone call, but I want to make sure that my son has something as often as possible so I spent 45 minutes at the grocery store today picking out 8 cards. It was great and positive for me because I had lots of laughs just looking at the cards (I'm sure I freaked a few fellow shoppers out). I ended up picking cards that mostly were blank inside with silly pictures of animals on the… Continue

Added by salimo98 on October 24, 2011 at 11:55pm — 2 Comments

Empty nest

I am living in a whole new world with my son being gone to bootcamp. He is such an energy and fills a room when he is in it that now that he is gone the house feels so empty. My husband is a very quite man and I find myself looking at him and waiting for Charlie's voice to come out of his mouth :-).Even though I enjoy being just me again after 18 years, I do miss being mom and all that meant. I know that my son is at the right place right now, but I just miss hearing his voice. I check the…


Added by salimo98 on October 22, 2011 at 8:16pm — 1 Comment

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