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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 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).  

Specific information on this policy change will be provided in the coming days and weeks.

We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience and appreciate your support.


RTC Graduation

**UPDATE 8/25/2022 - MASK MANDATE IS LIFTED.  Vaccinations still 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.

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Love being able to talk/text my son again!

Well, Josh graduated on August 24th and is now enrolled in A school. He said that he and several others (probably more than just several) were all "on-hold" until some space empties up in class and, in the meantime, they all have cleaning duty. :)  

Life is somewhat back to normal... different because I don't get to see him but it has been soooo great being able to talk and text with him again!! He called me last night to ask what kind of television he should buy for his room. He is also loving the fact that he can get on Facebook again and is looking forward to getting his Xbox and laptop up there so he can play games in his free time.

He is making lots of friends and I think he is really started to enjoy himself. He is still quite homesick and, of course, misses his girlfriend the most but he is getting better every day. :)    We are hoping to be able to go back up there sometime later this month to spend the weekend with him again and potentially again in November. I am hoping that they get Thanksgiving and Christmas breaks but nothing is "carved in stone" as of yet. *fingers crossed. I would absolutely love to have him home for the holidays and I know that he is really looking forward to some home cooked meals!

While I am far from a veteran navy mom, I am thrilled to be past the bootcamp stage and would be happy to lend an ear to anyone who needs it.    

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Comment by KYmom on September 4, 2012 at 5:24pm
My son also graduated Aug 24- ship 9, div 268. His A school is in Pensacola, but the hurricane delayed them. They are still at RTC in ship 5 until new plane tickets can be arranged. Last week waiting was boring, but now into his 2nd week of waiting, he is getting discouraged. The craziest thing is that last Friday's PIR (Aug 31) Pensacola group got to go on, while Aug 24 sits in Chicago. (Sigh)
Comment by Josh'sMom-Div267 on September 4, 2012 at 7:03pm

Oh my gosh, bless your hearts! That is awful and I can't imagine how bored the poor guy is. At least Josh has way more freedom now and I doubt that your son is given as much since he is still stuck at RTC. Were you able to give his cellphone back since they are holding them there or is he having to wait for that too?

Comment by KYmom on September 4, 2012 at 8:21pm
Yes, he has his cell phone and Internet access. But the reception is horrible on the base. They've been given off base liberty on the weekends so he contacts us when he's on liberty. That's better than boot camp- but not much.


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