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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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Cyndii ~ Nuke Mom's Comments

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At 6:54pm on April 18, 2011, Penny_Nuke_MM2_NimitzNuke said…

Hi Cyndii:


Looking you up on FB and there are a few Cyndii Smith's.  Where are you from?


If you could go to FB and find me, maybe that would be easier.  I am under Penny Foster Carey and you will find a picture of me a little sideways!!!  lol


Look forward to being part of Seasters.  I am also with a group that came from N4Ms and is called Nuke Moms (I believe).  Would love to have you join there as well.


Hope you get this message soon.



At 12:45pm on February 19, 2011, Penny_Nuke_MM2_NimitzNuke said…

HiCyndi, checking in to see how your son is doing since starting A-school and how are you doing as well.


My son is over in Goose Creek and just had their very first quiz; their big exam is this coming Tuesday.  He received 3.57  said he made some dumb mistakes but the class average was only 2.5 YIKES!


Hope you are doing well.



At 6:49pm on January 18, 2011, Penny_Nuke_MM2_NimitzNuke said…

Hi Cyndi, just checking to see if you found out yet what your son has been selected to be?   MM, ET or EM


9 more days for our PIR - I can hardly wait.


Please stay in touch as to how your PIR goes.





At 1:30pm on January 15, 2011, Penny_Nuke_MM2_NimitzNuke said…

Hi Cyndi:


Got a filled out questionnaire from my son that was dated January 3 and stated that it was 4.1.  That would mean that this coming Monday will make 6.1 but yet last Sunday he said on the phone that they will be having the gas chamber, fire fighting and damage control this past week.  When I look at the posted schedule by week, it is difficult to be able to figure out the week numbers you find that as well?  


Did you hear from your recruit as to how fire fighting or the gas chamber went?  I heard the final written test was also a doozie...any word on that?  


By now your recruit should know what his rating will be; I wonder if by any chance your son will graduate one week earlier but yet class up at the same time as mine....who knows.  I find it difficult to figure out when classes start when students are graduating boot camp every single week.  One nuke in John's same PIR is flying out on Saturday morning from GL whereas John won't fly until Tuesday.  I can't understand that.  Oh well.


Thanks for staying in touch.  Look forward to hearing when you get the "I'm a sailor" phone call.


At 3:10pm on January 9, 2011, Penny_Nuke_MM2_NimitzNuke said…
Hi cyndi...just now found the comments section. And your sweet note. Ended up they changed our entire division to grad one week later. Apparently a mistake by the person telling the boys what to write on their formal letter. That was discouraging.

Found my son will be a MM at nuke school which starts February. 7. He really wanted ET or EM but either way I know he will do a very good job but I know he was disappointed nonetheless.
At 12:28pm on December 21, 2010, motherof5 ship 07 division 49 said…

Hi Mother of 4 Smitty ..I received my first phone call on 10 of December for @ 15 minutes, I have received 4 letters now. My son is also a grad and go he will only have 9 hours to spend with us before leaving to his A school in Florida. I will send you a message

At 4:50pm on December 20, 2010, motherof5 ship 07 division 49 said…

Hi..I'm new on here and I sent you a friend request. Our sons are in the same division and I received word today he is a grad and go

At 2:41am on December 9, 2010, Penny_Nuke_MM2_NimitzNuke said…
Hi Steve's Mama, well things have changed. They informed us that the recruits in ship 11, div. 057 and 058 were erroneously told to write down PIR of 1/21. Then three days later, and airline tickets purchased, there was rumbling of it being wrong Several of us moms called into the number given and were told then that the divisions were not moved up, instead it was still going to be on the 28th. So, with that said, our boys may or may not be in the exact same group at GC - most likely as it is just one week ... well they just need to push some up and the other's back and there ya go. Keep in touch and let's see where they end up. I'm very curious whether my son will be able to get the ET rating that he is wanting but I have heard that they can write down what they want, but in the end the Navy decides.
At 8:23pm on December 6, 2010, DawnMomOfSR Ship 02-Div 909 said…
We are from NE PA and used to snow, so that part is not new for my SR. I have family in Mesa, is that anywhere near you? They moved to Az from NJ about 20 years ago and love it. They are hot dry people! Which I guess makes the rest of the family who stayed in the East cold and wet! LOL I'm a wreck with all I read on N4M's between those who's SR's have been sent to ship 5 (which means they are being send home before PIR) to those who are hearing nothing or getting reports of injury, etc. I know my son can do it but as his Mom I still worry! And I'll continue to worry when he goes to A school, power school and prototype school too! lol
At 11:21am on December 6, 2010, DawnMomOfSR Ship 02-Div 909 said…
Sorry about that... I had just changed my privacy setting! LOL We are friends now!!!
At 10:36am on December 6, 2010, DawnMomOfSR Ship 02-Div 909 said…
Hi Steven's Mama - Yes I've received the form letter, then box within a few days of my SR leaving (He left on 11/17 and will also PIR on 1/21!) and we got our first real letter on Tuesday last week! I can't wait for the next, my stomach is in knots all the time wondering how he is doing... your letter will come and when it does you will feel such a release and be on cloud 9 for at least a day!!! Hope we will see you at the Ramada reception on 1/20!
At 3:10pm on December 5, 2010, Penny_Nuke_MM2_NimitzNuke said…
Hi Steven's mama, sounds like our boys might be in nuke school together then. That is very cool! When is your son's scheduled PIR? I'm assuming that it will be on the 21st - the same as ours. Any idea when you will be flying in or where you are staying at? We are flying in on the 20th and returning on the 23rd and staying at the Holiday Inn Express.
At 10:56pm on December 3, 2010, DONNA/MOM/EM3 NUKE/CLASS 1107-2 said…
Hi Steven's Mama! He new he was grad & go before he even left for boot camp. I don't know how the determine who is, but it has to do with school classes & getting them settled in. I don't think they can take them all at once, probably have to stagger them. I have a feeling if Steven was Grad & Go, you would have heard about it already. I'll know more when I start getting letters. I think I'll take the suggestion from another mom, and devise a page of questions that he can fill in. I'll keep you updated.
At 12:55pm on November 14, 2010, TysMomKY said…
Hi Steven's Mama! Sorry for the delay in my response but I haven't been online for a few days! You have come to a great place to learn all about this process and everyone will be most helpful getting you through this process! After leaving you will receive a form letter from your sailor that will give you his mailing address and pertinent information including graduation date! I haven't made my travel arrangements yet because I still haven't spoken to my son. :( It's been three weeks. I'm hoping he calls today. I have received one letter from him. You will also get a box that contains their personal things. It's usually about seven or eight days after they are gone. It's hearbreaking but just know that they are in good hands. My sailor called that night when he got to boot camp and told me I wouldn't hear from him for three weeks. It's now been three weeks. Prepare to cry but hang in there. We raised great kids or they wouldn't be where they are! I wish you lots of luck in the process. I was fortunate to be able to go spend the night at the same hotel that my son stayed in the night before he had to swear in, attended his swearing in, and spent the day with him until he got on the plane at 7 that evening. My heart swelled with pride just watching him. The officer that swore him in said that we, as their faamilies didn't sign up for his like they did. Feel free to message anytime. Everyone is happy to help you through this.
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