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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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Thank you JESUS!!! I got my first phone call last night!!!

It was bittersweet to say the least.. I answered the phone and my baby was on the other end..."Hello Mama"  My heart just sank... a huge knot swelled up in my throat and I could hardly speak.  He sounded exhausted and rightly so..said that he just came off watch and they don't get but about five hours of sleep a night.. he said he was doing well...passing all of the tests and inspections with perfect scores... I heard his voice crack and then he started to cry under his breath...I then asked if he was okay..and he said "yes mam" he sounded like he just lost his best friend...I think the homesickness is the hardest for him.. he has never really been away from home before and certainly not without talking to his mama daily on the phone.. so this is a major adjustment for him, I'm sure...It is for me, that's for sure! 

He said that he can receive mail daily now, but they can only write once a week.  I know now why letters are so few and far between... I cannot tell you how good it felt to hear his voice, even if it was just for a few minutes.  He said that he wasn't sure when he would get to call again, maybe in a couple of weeks.

I was actually driving down the road and his father and brother were not with me at the time... so sad, he really wanted to speak to them too.  He did say that he had a calling card and could purchase more.  So if you are wondering about that, he said they are available to them and when their cards run out of minutes, they are allowed to purchase more.  That made me feel better. I was wondering about that.



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Comment by DisneyDebi (02/903) on October 10, 2011 at 3:39pm
I'm so happy for you!  I can't wait for my first call, and I know that I'll probably hear that same thing in my son's voice...But I also know he's strong and will get through this and will be a better man because of it so that keeps me staying as strong as possible!
Comment by shannonlee123 on October 10, 2011 at 4:51pm
My son left last Wednesday and I know I'm at least two weeks out from that first phone call.  I'm just afraid I'll miss it!  Does the phone call always come on a Sunday??
Comment by WandaG on October 10, 2011 at 7:16pm
Congrats on your call Beth!!!
Comment by TexasMomof2 on October 10, 2011 at 7:30pm

No, calls don't always come on Sunday....nor Monday, Tuesday,!  We're not even sure a call will come.  There isn't any rhyme nor reason to when calls are made.  Phone calls are at the discretion of their RDC.  Don't count on one even being made....that way you're ecstatic if it happens and not depressed if it doesn't. 


Best rule of thumb is to become "one" with your cell goes everywhere with you.

Comment by shannonlee123 on October 10, 2011 at 11:07pm

Texas Mom of 2 -

I'm an RN and the hosptial isn't really thrilled when you have a cell phone on you - I just hate that!


Comment by 2sonsnavy Ship 009 Div 393 on October 12, 2011 at 4:05pm
My son left on the 4th, and I am trying really hard to be patient after reading all of this!  I will def keep my cell with me (I am bad about that).  What I really want to find out is a Graduation Date!!  I need to plan!!!  The website didn't have it listed and I'm guessing the "welcome packet" is another week out.  Patience, patience, breathe.........


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