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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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Well mi fiance left yesterday and i cant stop crying!!lol But i'm trying to deal as best as i can but i'm sure i could benefit from talkin to others that are goin through the same.Thanks for reading

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Comment by laura h on June 2, 2011 at 7:32pm

Hey Shantonia:  my son left on Tues. & I really kept it together for a while.. tears come at different times.

You need to keep very busy right now. Don't let any time go by without doing something. Try not to worry!!! He will do just great. !!  Where is he going for A school?


Comment by Shantonia on June 2, 2011 at 7:53pm
He's going to A school in Chicago but he's in bc now.I figured that I should stay busy but it's kinda hard when it's time to go to bed.I just remind myself that he's doing this so we/our future family can have better lives
Comment by Shantonia on June 2, 2011 at 9:39pm
Thanks for the the information,,I feel a little better now and i'm glad to hear that ur family's doing well now
Comment by Michigan Cindy on June 2, 2011 at 10:00pm

Actually, it is good that he is going to A school in Chicago.  That typically means that after PIR, he moves his stuff to A school and has the rest of the weekend off.  Hope it works out well. 

Boot camp is difficult, but it is only 8 weeks.  You will find a lot of support on this site.

Comment by Shantonia on June 2, 2011 at 10:03pm
I'm happy to hear that..we're already making plans to see him when he graduates in August
Comment by Michigan Cindy on June 2, 2011 at 10:10pm
Shantonia, you really have to attend PIR in August.  It is AMAZING!  After the ceremony, you will find a young man totally different from the one that went off to boot camp.  You have something to look forward to.
Comment by Shantonia on June 2, 2011 at 10:44pm
Lol well he was already great to begin with lol but I wouldn't miss it for the world
Comment by Anne PIR 7-27-12 Ship 04 Div 817 on June 3, 2011 at 9:43am

 What ypu are feeling right now is normal. I felt the same way and at times still cry. I know my son is doing well in BC but I still worry and miss him alot.  I love my son's personality and I dont want that to change and Im kinda scared that it may ,and that is what makes me sad and cry...just the thought that may happen.  The cleaning part ...well there is always room for improvement. But the ladies are right just stay busy and write to him as often as you can.




Comment by Shantonia on June 3, 2011 at 11:14pm
Hey Haywhe(Ship 12 Div 225), I'm kinda afraid of that too but I'll accept him for whoever he changes to if that does happen,that's how much I love him. I've been busy so far hanging with my family and staying in touch wit his. When did your son leave for BC?


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