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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.

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It's been a week and a day since he's been gone and I feel completely emotional. I'm mad, I'm sad, I'm irritated, I'm lonely the list goes on.. i miss my boyfriend so much. I keep telling myself "7 more weeks its just 7 more weeks." I'm trying hard to be patient and keeping myself busy but lately I'm just getting more exhausted than usual. I remember when me and him had to count down 8 weeks till we can see each other more often when I lived in San Diego. It did go by fast, but it was easier then because we would be able to talk everyday, text every second we could and skype'd until we would fall asleep. Now it feels harder than ever because I'm still waiting on his first letter let alone his form letter and I'm by myself so it just simply SUCKS. I miss my boyfriend so bad. I hate waking up knowing he isnt home. I just miss my love so much I can't wait for these 7 weeks to pass by faster. School please start already!!

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Comment by Mary, Proud Mom of Nick on August 23, 2012 at 4:35pm
So I could be really blunt and say...if you are having a hard time with eight weeks of bootcamp -- how the hell are you going to get thru deployments that can last eight months?!!! BUT --- when they do deploy, they have the opportunity to email on a fairly regular basis, call home and even skype so the communication is actually better when they are with the fleet.

Boot camp can be hard because you just don't know what is going on. Is he miserable, is he hating it? Is it better than he thought it would be? So many thoughts go thru our minds while waiting for that first letter. Generally that letter will reach you between the second and third week of boot camp and then it won't be long and you might be planning a trip to GL to see him graduate. They also have an opportunity to earn phone calls both individually and as a division for different reasons. A lot fo that comes down to which RDC he has but hang in there - it does get better once you actually know ..he is OKAY!!!
Comment by LuvyLovesChris Ship02 Div948 on August 23, 2012 at 5:45pm
First of all. I've been best friends with my boyfriend for 14 years and we've alwayys been around each other since Day 1. Second of all, its just been a week and a day so I'm adjusting. Didn't anyone ever tell you the first few weeks are the hardest? I know what its like when they go on deployments, my brother has been in the Navy for 13 years I've seen what its like and I've seen my sister in law go through it too. But thanks for your comment.
Comment by BunkerQB on August 23, 2012 at 6:23pm

The best thing to do is keep busy. You need to concentrate on YOUR career. Do all the things you didn't have time to do before he left. Do things that will develop you as a person. He will be growing leaps and bounds as a man. You need to keep pace; otherwise, you will appear to be standing still.  Not that I am suggesting that you'll break up or anything. Just that he is out there being exposed to a large groups of men and women and experiencing many things for the first time.  You may be home but it doesn't mean you couldn't continue to grow as a person too.  Good luck, besure to join all the groups, make some friends.


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