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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 stepson is leaving for boot camp on monday and i feel like i haven't had the chance to spend that much time with him.  my husband and i pretty much have raised our son together since he was young and this past year since he graduated high school he has been living with his mom.  i know that i should let her have her chance with him but in some ways i wish he was home with us.  i also feel like my son is being pushed off to another state and i don't even know what's going on and when i wil get to see or talk to him again.  he was told that he doesn't need to take anything with him to boot camp, but being on this website i see that he can take pre-paid phone cards and writing material.  i almost feell like had i not checked out the site i would never get a letter or phone call from him becuase he wouldn't have the material to do so.  maybe i'm being overly paranoid, i don't know.  i don't know how to get over this feeling of sadness.

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Comment by Anna Aviation Mom on February 24, 2012 at 8:46pm
We all go threw those feelings at the beginning. If he has a cell phone he can call u with that when he gets to Bootcamp. And my daughter bought a phone card at Bootcamp. The first 3 weeks I didn't hear anything. But I was told that's normal, then I got a call at 3 weeks and letters on top of letters... I've actually have gotten a total of 4 calls... Just write ur son ever day. It keeps there spirts up! Hang in there....
Comment by BunkerQB on February 24, 2012 at 9:23pm

Make sure you activate the phone card. They don't have time to do that.  Also be sure his dad talks to him about who will be getting the form letter (from this you get the address to send letter, his ship and div numbers, parking pass password and his PIR date.and the box and who he will list as his guests for PIR - he can list 4 people (children 12 and under do not count). Since he has been with his mom, it's possible she has made some request of him. If for some reason, your sailor recruit has more guests than slots - your step-son can either ask one of his fellow recruits (with fewer than 4) to put one of your step-son's extras on his or you can take you chances by going and waiting until everyone else is seated first.  Just wanted to give you a heads up. Try to stay in good communications with his mom (grit your teeth if you have to). Remember your recruit wants to hear that everyone is getting along. 

Here - read the stuff in this survival guide. Just click on the link below.

Comment by jjopple on February 24, 2012 at 9:25pm

wow thank you so much for the encouragement.  he does have a cell phone but i thought he wasn't allowed to take it with him.  good to know! i'm so glad a co-worker told me about this website.  it's nice to know you aren't the only one going through all the emotions.

Comment by BunkerQB on February 24, 2012 at 9:30pm

HE WON'T HAVE A CELL PHONE after he is processed at boot camp. It'll come back in the box. Look for it in one of his shoes. Review the PDF files in the survival guide - it'll show you what you will be going thru. Look at the video too.

Comment by Love my son on February 25, 2012 at 3:24pm
I know how you are feeling. Just a few months ago I was in your shoes. Now we our going to is graduation this week March 2,. It has gone much quicker then I expected. What helped me was by writing him a letter or two every week and sending pictures and updating him on the super bowl and football scores. I did get his 1st call to let me know that he got there okay and about 3+ weeks later I got a 2nd call. That was a great surprise . Know that he will be fine and take a few hours to have a mother and son time together before he leave.
Comment by jjopple on February 25, 2012 at 9:48pm

just got home from zacs going away party.  had a good turn out of friends and families.  tomorrow lunch with the all the grandparents and then off to the recruitment center to drop him off for his journey.  we'll see how my emotions are tomorrow but i did good today and didn't cry once.  although the random lady in line at costco almost got me in tears when she asked me what kind of party we were having and she gave my son a hug and thanked him for serving. 

Comment by BunkerQB on February 26, 2012 at 3:55am

Loracia, I noticed you hadn't join your PIR group yet. May be you didn't know about it. Here is the link.

  PIR: Mar 02, 2012           TG 16 - 09 Divisions (075–080 & 914–916)

Just click on it (the underlined words) and click +JOIN when the page opens up. You have some catching up to do. But should you sign up for one of the meet and greet on Thursday.  You'll met up with others with the same PIR date.  I left a comment on your page. Click MY PAGE tab on the menu bar. Good luck.

Comment by BunkerQB on February 26, 2012 at 3:57am

jopple, I left you the same message. The survival guide will have the links to the bootcamp moms group. You should join that ASAP. 

Ladies, thanks for sharing your thoughts. My son's journey in the Navy is coming to an end. Yours is just beginning. It's going to be a wonderful ride. Trust me.

Comment by jjopple on February 28, 2012 at 2:08pm

Zac arrived in Chicago and i'm so glad that he took his cell phone because we were able to still talk when he got in the airport.  we received our "i'm here" call around midnight last night and i had a hard time falling asleep after.  i wanted to keep his voice in my head so that i could hear him say "i love you".  still having a difficult time adjusting and being that i'm so impatient, having a hard time waiting for the "lettter", the "box", and the next phone call.  im worried that when the box does come that i will have an emotional breakdown worse than the day he left.  i am so glad that this website is around though becuase i've been able to get more of an idea of what's going on.  Wow how many more weeks does he have.............


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