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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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Its been One Week Since I Hugged My Son and watched him walk to his New Adventure One Week Since I have heard his Voice ... I took this Photo week before he left well because My Sons are my Favorite to Photograph and I knew I would want to remember him as he was in his day to day routine when he was at Home, Yes he was Happily playing video games in his room ... Now his Room Door is Closed I dont open it because the Clean, Empty Room is hard for me to look at Yes Clean Room haha!!! maybe one day we will do something with it ......I think of him everyday and wonder what he is dong, How has the week been for him, is he coping ok, is he as anxious as We are to hear from him to call Home .... We have tried to make things a New Normal around here this week with Life going on with him away, but some things remain like his Shoes at the Door and Caden has wore His Shirt for the Last three days and I cant bring myself to tell him he Cant cause its his way of keeping his Brother close to him...
The Day he Left I just watched Him Smiled when he did He was so Ready to go that day, He was so Strong and He had a Smile on His Face even when the Tears came This is going to be such an amazing adventure for him I cant wait to get My First Phone Call I want to know everything that he has gone through this Last week I Miss My Son One Week Down 8 More to Go until I get to Hug Him Again!!!!!!!
Be Strong Son & Make Good Choices :0) haha

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Comment by TJsMom SHIP 03 DIV 021 on October 4, 2013 at 3:09pm

What a handsome young man. I totally relate to all you are saying. My heart is heavy. Before my son left,  as I hugged him that last time, I said to myself..."Remember this moment, this exact moment. Remember how it feels to have his hug" and I look back on that a lot. I hope your son does well and know that we all love our sons and all feel that pain of Good-bye. My best to you. 

Comment by vivian (Ship 03, Div 021) on October 5, 2013 at 7:59pm

Thank you for your post.  It helps to know that there are other mothers out there who, at any moment, may burst into tears in the produce aisle.  I will recognize you.  I share your feelings. 

Our boy left on 10.1.  All is as he left it.   His room is a wreck.  His shoes are by the door.  There is a yo-yo on the table.  I expect him to walk through the door at any moment...  

You would think I would be used to this.  His dad was in the Marines and then the Air Force.  I have had to say "good bye" before. 

Sending our son off really hit me.  I couldn't eat for 2 days.  My husband has been even worse.  We are now "empty nesters".  The house is REALLY quiet.  

I have been calling & texting MY mom a lot more this week.  I get it now.  

Comment by vivian (Ship 03, Div 021) on October 5, 2013 at 7:59pm

BTW: GREAT photos  

Comment by Sheree on October 7, 2013 at 11:09am
Sweet photos. Looks like a nice young man. I can relate to all you have said. Bootcamp is tough on all of us. Hard to see our kids leave. I've always had vision that my kids and I all live I the same town having Sunday dinners. I guess it could still happen. Best of luck to you and your family.
Comment by sassymom9503 on October 7, 2013 at 4:59pm

Thank you so much ladies for sharing your posts with me, I hope that you are doing well Today ...

Today is a good day for me I think my new reality is setting in and im finding peace with it

Comment by sher on October 23, 2013 at 12:07am

My daughter just got to her A school in Austin, TX a little over a week ago, right after boot camp.  I'm so proud of her, I can relate to ask I'm having a hard time adjusting to her not being here...I just joined this website and was hoping for any words of wisdom in dealing with missing her, crying and worrying but I think all of us moms are in the same boat.  I wish your son and your family the best, and be sure to write him lots of letters as they really appreciate it more than you know...


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