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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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My sailor left for Great Lakes Sept. 13. Yesterday I really had the blues. Not being able to talk or text with him is harder than I thought it would be. How much longer will it be till I receive his address so I can mail my letters to him?

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Comment by tequilla (ship 11 div. 363) on September 25, 2012 at 8:31pm
Hello , call his recruiter and he should be able to give u his address
But you should be getting that graduation letter soon, u will recognize
Your sons handwriting (all caps),
My daughter left 9/11, I haven't received a written letter from her yet,
I hope to this week tho!! The separation and non communication is very hard!hang in there!
Comment by lemonelephant on September 26, 2012 at 12:34am

The form letter should be coming soon; it sometimes takes 3 weeks although most receive it within 2 weeks. Keep writing those letters and numbering them.  If you do get the address from the recruiter, be sure to double-check it against those at Recruiters sometimes give a generic address for the RTC and if the street address is not correct, then mail can be delayed for up to 3 weeks.  Know that letters mailed before you get the form letter do not get to your recruit much quicker, if at all, than letters mailed after receiving the form letter because the recruits cannot receive mail until they are in their ship and a Recruit Mail Petty Officer has been trained in how to handle mail, which means it is usually sometime in the third week or later when they start receiving mail depending on when P-days ended and the division formed. Recruits can write only on Sundays at first and cannot write until the first Sunday after they are in their ship, which is usually the second Sunday they are there, but could be the third Sunday, depending on how quickly the division forms. They later MAY be able to write, and maybe even mail letters, on other days as well. Once your recruit can receive mail, Mail Call is every weekday evening (M-F).

Comment by debnchris on September 27, 2012 at 10:06am

My son just left yesterday from Orange County California.  I received a phone call last night from him, and I was so excited.  I had no idea after I left him yesterday in San Diego that I would be able to hear from him again.  I am so very proud of him, but the tears just keep coming.  I too will be looking forward to receiving a letter so that I can write to him.

Comment by lemonelephant on September 27, 2012 at 9:58pm

You may want to check out and They will give you an idea of what is happening.

You may want to join, or at least check out, Boot Camp Mom's, PIR Reference Information, and New Members Stop Here. Once you know his PIR date and/or division number, watch in Boot Camp Mom's and/or at and join the group for that once it has been created.

(Group names within this reply are clickable links.)

Comment by Benice661 on September 28, 2012 at 8:50pm

Thanks to all of you. This is so reassuring. For those of you whose recruit just left, for me it was the second week that it really hit me. So hang in there!

Comment by lemonelephant on September 28, 2012 at 10:23pm

Benice661, do you know your SR's PIR date and/or division number yet?  If so, please go to and join the group for it.  You may also want to join the other groups mentioned above.

(To join a group, click on the group name and after the group page opens, click on “+ Join...” in the upper right.)


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