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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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we got the "box"...just as expected. The only surprise was the airline ticket stub..I guess that is his way of letting me know what airline he went on and the time.  We finally got a temporary address, and I posted it on his Facebook Page (he had given me the password for just that reason) I sent some letters and silly postcards.  Also included some comics from the funny pages. He will get his first mail tomorrow. 

I have been keeping to my weight loss plan and have gotten rid of about 5 pounds,and i noticed I also got rid of the blues as well.  It's a relief to feel focused and too busy too think about the "what ifs".

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Comment by Bebe on February 19, 2011 at 6:58pm

We got our box as well...I put all his clothes in the laundry except one flanel shirt.  I hung it up in his room so I can go in there and smell it whenever I really, really miss him..

First week was really hard.  Especially at dinner time.  That was our family time to sit, eat and chat.  Makes for simple dinners now for me and my hubby.  I miss my Nic but I know he's doing just fine.  I can't wait to get the "letter" with all the information, address to write to him and plan our trip to Great Lakes.   So looking forward to that day.

Everyday gets just a little bit easier...still can't get myself to go into his room to really clean up...but that will happen soon enough. 

Nothing could have prepared me for this; but reading about other moms in my same situation and what they do really helps.

Comment by Bebe on February 20, 2011 at 5:34pm

We got our letter!  Nic's graduation is April 8th...I am so excited to have something to look forward to and to see the changes in him.


I can hardly wait to see him!



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