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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 daughter left for boot camp today. She is going to try for Air Rescue swimmer. Anyone have a son or daughter in this field or getting ready to go there from Boot Camp? She said her schooling will be in Pensacola. She will be testing out for this during boot camp. Had to take a nonsense job until she could do the testing.


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Comment by Sweet*Southern*Lady on June 8, 2011 at 3:42pm

Join the rescue swimmer group,


My Fiance was a rescue swimmer for 4 years. He loved his job, the training is no joke its very hard. He made many good friends while in Pcola. I hope your daughter has a great experience also.

Comment by Michigan Cindy on June 8, 2011 at 8:19pm

Hope your daughter reaches her dream.  That is awesome!  By the way, there are no "nonsense" jobs in the Navy.  They are all important.


Comment by Anti M on June 9, 2011 at 10:05am

Here's to her success!


And Cindy is correct, there are no nonsense jobs in the Navy.  Less exciting and less glamorous sure, but I'd never have told the cook making my meals or the clerk handling my pay that their jobs were "nonsense".  Take pride in ALL of the Navy, not just the cool stuff!

Comment by bekka2u2 on June 9, 2011 at 12:27pm

This is true about the no nonsense jobs. She just had to pick a job til she got to boot camp and could test out for the job she really wanted due to no job openings at the time she enlisted. And she had to enlist in like a weeks time or her time was up and she would have to go through all the paperwork again


Comment by Boatingmom on May 8, 2014 at 9:13am

Hi Our son leaves 5/13 for AIRR boot camp...Any body want to share info on your journey I would love to hear....or any advise about whats ahead for us and him ...thanks so much


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