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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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Recruit Man - Ronny's Comments

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At 1:37pm on October 17, 2014, daysia said…

HI, Ronny I try to contact you by email about the calling cards how can i get

some for my son?

At 11:18am on May 8, 2014, Jakesmom said…

Thank you so much!  I appreciate it and so does my son!  Thank you for all you do!

At 9:26am on May 8, 2014, Jakesmom said…

How long does it take to receive the phone cards?

At 1:35pm on December 19, 2013, michelle shaw said…
Hey, I'm a mother of two, my son is Air Force station in the states & my daughter is station in Sassebo, Japan with the Navy. Yes, they will get to call more in A school. Don't be a cry baby wait until after the calls. Be strong for them, they need encouragement when they call u. They are learning to be on their own & they have a lot of pressure on them to finish their mission or task. U will be so proud of them when them when they graduate. My girl could not come in for Christmas due to a mission in the Philippines. She has not been home in two years & was very disappointed. I told her to be strong & b thankful that she has a loving family waiting on her when she does come home & to realize that those poor families there need your help. She is an angel to them & my baby angel to me. Merry Christmas to you, I no it's hard, just try to stay positive. God bless
At 4:11pm on November 2, 2013, TaylorsMom said…

Hi, this is hard I miss my boy he is due to graduate this month, we only spoke once. i am so very proud of him but I do worry. What will happen after graduation. will we have more contact during "A" school?



At 2:41pm on October 23, 2013, cmcd said…

Thanks for the welcome!  I've actually purchased a blanket from you!

At 10:07am on September 25, 2013, Diana said…

I am a bit tardy but thank you for the welcoming message.  I will most likely have some questions as we get closer to PIR.

At 10:31am on September 18, 2013, aidansmom said…

Thank you so much for the info!!

At 1:01pm on September 17, 2013, tytriola said…

Thank you for the Welcome and I have finally found my way back here.  I am having difficulty navigating the sites so please bear with me as I am doing my best.  My son left August 19th for BC  PIR is 10/18.  Thus far I have made flight reservations as well as hotel reservations.  I have wrote daily or have sent cards (or both)  I did receive a call yesterday and he mentioned it would probably be his last for approx 2 weeks.  He sounds great and making adjustments to Navy Life.  There Division has improved and even got a Flag yesterday. I don't know much about that so I will need to find where to look for info on that.  I am forever proud and can't wait til PIR.  Suggestions or tips is always appreciated. 

At 12:40pm on September 17, 2013, Maggie said…

Thank you Ronny! 

At 8:31pm on September 12, 2013, shannaburns said…

Thanks so much for the welcome!  Just curious where to go exactly to post a question about Liberty weekend.

At 10:34pm on September 9, 2013, AnnaMills13 said…

Thank you. About 3 wks ago we found out my daughter will be leaving July 7th for Great Lakes. This is my first born. My emotions have been out of wack ever since. Thought this wouldn't get to me as bad as it has. But I'm a very proud momma none the less!

At 9:35pm on September 7, 2013, Marie17 said…
I haven't learned how to navigate the site yet. I adopted my son when he was 11 years old and we were together until circumstances changed and we lost contact for a few years. Next thing I know he's in the Navy. We've been in touch now for a while. He signed up for 6 years and has about a year to go. My dad was a chief petty officer and was discharged with a medical discharge in 1947. I also had a uncle that was in the Navy. So proud of our young men and women for their service.
At 8:25pm on September 6, 2013, Mineman Mom (ship 13 DIV 069) said…

Thank you for the welcome and I hope to use alot of this useful information that this great website offers. 

At 4:17pm on September 5, 2013, MacksMom said…

thanks for the welcome, i will check out page you suggested.

At 1:16pm on September 3, 2013, sweet89406 said…

Thanks, Ronny for the welcome!

At 8:39am on September 2, 2013, sueg said…
Thanks Ronny.  I appreciate your welcome.  My daughter came out of boot camp in early June.  She is A-PACT undesignated so she went to Pensacola for about six weeks.  She had a short leave before she was flown to Bahrain and met up with the aircraft carrier Nimitz.  She has been on the ship a little over a month now.  She is my only child so this is a new experience for me.  I am apprehensive with what is going on with Syria.  I've had email communication on and off but not as much info as I would like.  Please give me suggestions to where I might get more up to date information.  I appreciate your help.  Susan
At 10:44pm on September 1, 2013, Lorraine66 said…
Thank you for the welcome Ronnie. I am still trying to figure out the site as I am not a very techy person and have never been on a forum before. (This is a forum right ? Lol ) I did join the NROTC group so I guess I will be spending all my time there. I have many questions but don't know where to start. Thank you for the information you've shared and again for the welcome. Enjoy the rest of your Labor Day weekend. :)
At 4:39pm on September 1, 2013, lilirishladymomma said…

Thank you for your message Ronnie,

I joined this site when my older son entered the Navy, but wasn't sure if I should write anything because he is a CTR. My second  son is now at boot camp, and his rate is the same as your son. It has been a little easier second time around.It is his dream to work on helicopters. But as long as it's mechanical, he is a happy guy. 

At 10:36am on September 1, 2013, KimmyD said…
Hi Ronny- my son graduated from USNA and is on the USS PRINCETON- we are on pins & needles-not known anything. But we respect and understand why we are there. Can we really send care packages? I will look up that web site you mention.

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