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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.

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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I took the day off...we went to IHOP for breakfast then ran some errands.  He came home and rested, cleaned his room (YAY), and played video games for about an hour.  The plan was for the recruiter to pick him up at 2 pm.  So, I was doing whatever I could to keep my mind off of it.  At 1:55, I told him to come say goodbye to his grandma and sister...and he informed me that the recruiter was coming at 2:45 now.  Argh...all of that mental preparation was wasted.  I wanted to hover over him for the next 45 minutes thinking it was a gift...but decided he really needed his space.  He came downstairs at 2:30 pm to tell me the recruiter was on his way.  A few minutes later the recruiter showed daughter and I walked him outside...said our "see you laters"and when back into the house.  Seconds later, him and his recruiter come back into the house....he had to do a pee test before they left.  (He passed.)  Needless to say, we had to do another round of hugs!  I got through it with just a few little tears shed.  He seemed excited and relaxed as he left.  I'm emotionally exhausted, but overall feel good.  I'm so proud of him.

As I'm typing this, he just text me..he forgot his little address book.  LOL...I can't get rid of him.  (JK...I don't want to.)  There isn't much in there...but I guess I'm going to email him the info now so he can print it at the hotel tonight.  (I'm fighting the urge to jump in the car and personally delivering it!)  

I spent a lot of time this morning reading some of the new mom boot camp information.  Helped so much...especially seeing what processing will be like for him.  If you haven't read that...I recommend it.  Click here

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Comment by eljac913 (Ship 12 Div 053) on January 18, 2012 at 1:09am

Moe, I had a similiar experience.  My son forgot something also.  The recruit took him to the hotel and we met him for dinner. That was a very emotional time for him.  He was quiet and having a hard time saying goodbye to us.  W left and he texted us that he was sorry but leaving us was very hard for him.  When I got outside of that hotel and away from him, I cried and cried.  Reading all of the infomation helps so much. 

I am very happy that you got through the day.  There will be many emotional days but you get stronger.  You sound like you are going to be okay and get through this.  You should be proud of him and you.  Congratulations!  Ellen 

Comment by Moe on January 18, 2012 at 6:23pm

Thanks to both of you!  I've heard from him a couple of times today...still has his phone.  His flight should be in Chicago any time now...he is going to try to call then.  I does help to talk to those of you that have gone through this...thank you.


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