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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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Hello everyone!

I'm so glad I finally found this network!  My son just finished bootcamp and arrived in Charleston Friday night.  So far I have been happy to hear his voice 2 days in a row. But he'll be busy this week before he starts school.  

Take care all who have loved ones in boot camp, it will seem like a long time but they will be proud of their accomplishment and happy to hear from you when they get that first chance.  We only got one call from him when he arrived and we missed it, after that we just received one letter but he received three of ours.  

Here's a tip, I printed envelopes with his mailing address and gave them to his grandmothers plus I kept them handy for us, it's easier to send him letters when the envelopes are already printed.

Take care!


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Comment by Al98 on September 14, 2020 at 12:55am
Hi CarmenJs - thank you for this tip.
Comment by Amy on September 15, 2020 at 12:29am
My stepdaughter just left today. Her dad also missed her call. Thanks for sharing this!!
Comment by jacksmom17 on October 4, 2020 at 9:24am

Thank you Carmen,

    My son leaves today. So many emotions. Thanks for the tip. How long did it take for you to get his address?



Comment by CarmenJS on October 5, 2020 at 11:47am

Good morning all,

I apologize for the late response, I hope all is well with everyone and their families.  My son left to bootcamp on July 15th and we received a letter from the Recruit Training Command on August 12th it was postmarked August 7th.  This letter had general information regarding contact information and graduation information.  Unfortunately, due to COVID19 we weren't able to attend the graduation ceremony.  We received his first personal letter on August 18th and it was postmarked August 14th, his letter was dated Aug. 11th.  Just to give you all an idea of how slow the mail is, that's why I pre-printed his address on envelopes to avoid delays.  He received three of our letters before he left bootcamp.  

I know it seems like an eternity, but it does go by quickly.  

Best wishes,


Comment by BlueBunny on November 6, 2020 at 8:35pm

Hi ladies! My son left for boot camp on September 30 and I still haven’t heard anything from him. Is this normal? When should I expect a letter letting me know what division he is in? 

Comment by Chipmunk on November 7, 2020 at 12:25am

Hi BlueBunny, 

It has been taking about 4 - 5 weeks before most of the families are receiving their Form Letter with the mailing address. I saw that you had joined the BC Mom group but I haven't had a chance to post a welcome to you. Be sure to go to the main page of the BC Mom group, scroll down past the discussions and go to the comment wall area and introduce yourself. A lot more of our members comment in that area. 

Prior to the ROM it use to take 2 - 3 weeks for us to get our letters, now you have the extra 2 weeks of silence with the quarantine. I am sorry. 

Comment by CarmenJS on November 8, 2020 at 12:56am

Hi BlueBunny,

Just like Chipmunk said, the sailors are in quarantine for the first two weeks before there bootcamp begins.  Like I mentioned in my post it took about four weeks before we received the Form letter with his mailing address and then we received a personal letter from him about a week later.  Hopefully, you will be receiving something in the mail soon. 


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