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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 BC on 2/15/12. I got the short call that he arrived safely and am waiting for an address. It's been a teary few days for this Mom. 

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Comment by Kitty on February 18, 2012 at 12:40am
Hey I know how you are feeling, and it's ok to feel the way you do and it.'s ok to cry and miss the helll out of them. I would suggest you start writing today even though you can't mail them yet, but when you get address you can mail them. Mark outside of envelope , 1, 2, 3, etc so they know order to read them in. My son who graduated the 10th said the letters and pictures are whAt got him through. It's hard for everyone. Please try to find parents of others of the ship and DIV as yours and you will discover a bond that you never knew existed with total strangers...but you will cry, laugh and support each other. A fb page is ideal for your ship/DIV when you get that info in another week or so. I know I'm a stranger but I feel for you and I send you a hug. If I can help just email.
Comment by louisianamom (ship 02 div 922) on February 19, 2012 at 9:45am

My son arrived the same day, I am having the same feelings.  It's going to be a tough 8 weeks,  Thanks for the suggestion to start writing now and will start today.

Comment by Mom91 on February 19, 2012 at 6:36pm

Thanks for responding to my post, both of you. louisianamom, I will let you know as soon as I hear what division so we can see if our kids are together.

Comment by BunkerQB on February 20, 2012 at 4:42am

Don't forget to join these groups asap.


Leaving For Bootcamp in April

There are other members in the Boot Camp Moms group with recruits who left for BC about the same time as yours. Most of you will be receiving you form letter soon. With the PIR date, a group will be formed for people whose recruits have the same PIR date.  Maybe one of you could jump in and start the group. Don't worry. There'll be a bunch of "vet" moms to guide you from beginning to end.

Comment by LCT on February 20, 2012 at 10:33pm

My son also left on 2/15/12. He is older, 26, and has wanted to be a firefighter since he was a little boy. He is entering as an E1 Firefighter and is absolutely thrilled. I couldn't be more happier for him. I did not cry when he left, nor have I cried since he's been gone. Indeed, I am so thankful for this opportunity for him and I haven't seen him more excited about anything in his life. Now...come PIR, I'll probably bawl like a baby :)

Comment by Mom91 on February 21, 2012 at 10:40am

Where do I find the group of Moms whose son/daughter left the same day as my son did for BC? I have heard from 2 other Moms but thought I saw somewhere there was a group of us. Hoping to get address today from the recruiter!

Comment by DawnasMom on February 21, 2012 at 9:54pm

My daughter left on 2/15/12.  She is also older, 29.  She has always wanted to join the Navy.  she waited for her husband to finish his careet in the military first.  Now he gets to stay home while she is away.  It is so hard for me.  I am used to talking to her every day.  I have been an emotional roller coaster.  Looking forward to finding out what ship she is in.  and what date she will be graduating.

Comment by Mom91 on February 22, 2012 at 4:00pm

I got the box and his recruiter gave me his address all yesterday so I went to post office this morning and put stamps and calling card in letter as that is what another helpful Navy Mom advised me to do. I suprised myself by not crying when I got the box. My son is 21 years old. He is in Ship 04 Div: 119. any of your kids with him especiall LCA since our boys left the same day?

Comment by LCT on February 22, 2012 at 4:10pm

My son, 26, is Ship 3 Div 117. He is sending the box to his dad. I live two towns away. I wondered if they have access to a copier, since I don't know how much time they are given to write. I said he could write one letter and make a photo copy of it to send to each of us -- instead of writing the same thing twice :)

Good luck to you all and your sons and daughters :)

Comment by TerriR on February 22, 2012 at 6:59pm

My son left on 2-13-12 and i too had a very hard week after he left. He is Ship 4 Division 810. Any moms out there with me???


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