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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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At 11:30pm on December 6, 2017, lemonelephant said…

Make aleaschange 3 at the bottom of OPSEC and PERSEC (Making Changes to Your Profile) (clickable link) and change the Privacy Settings for this page from "Anyone" to "Members." 

There may be other changes you need to make as well, so read and consider each of the changes. 

At 11:29pm on December 6, 2017, lemonelephant said…

Where is he stationed (what vessel, if one)? There may be groups I can direct you to if you would like them. 

At 3:39pm on September 4, 2013, CO-TwinSalorsMom said…

Yes he does get in that neck of the woods on his ship but that is its assignment. Look up USS Bainbridge and you will understand. 

At 10:15pm on August 26, 2013, Christine-OS2 proud mom said…

Yes, well there'll be prayers for a lot of people traveling a lot of different ways to meet up with that ship. :-)  They have been working hard and as I'm sure your son is ready to come back state side, mine is too.  Just continuing prayers for their safety on the trip home.  This feels like countdown to PIR weekend. :-)  That was fun too.

At 10:06pm on June 5, 2013, Dana (David's Mom) said…

About the fabric, I sent you a private message with my address. Thanks.

At 1:36am on June 3, 2013, Dana (David's Mom) said…

Sorry, I don't recognize your N4M name. I didn't notice that excel added up in the numbers when I placed a new name. It's a typo of sorts. The address should be CVN68 and 96620-2820 for Malcolm. Sorry to confuse you.

At 1:49pm on January 2, 2013, CO-TwinSalorsMom said…
Am on a train bound for Chicago, almost there. Next feat try to find our way from Union station to the Navy Lodge.
At 2:32pm on October 27, 2012, CO-TwinSalorsMom said…

good advice on the note w/ cell phone.  I could see my mind go blank.  Thanks.

At 11:27pm on July 16, 2012, Krista K said…

Hi Smeesmom - Thanks for the travel tip. I will for sure check out "Chicago Freebies" in the Durango Herald. I am so excited! This is Hell Week for him. Not much longer! Cant wait.

Thanks again - Krista (in Pueblo)

At 8:46pm on June 23, 2012, Christine-OS2 proud mom said…

Yes, the link I had was just for USS Nimitz.  I googled it, so that might be one way to find them.  The pictures I found were on so there's another place to look I don't know for fact, but assume that they'd have a "search" for the site.  Sorry I didn't have the exact answer.  Good luck on your search, if worst comes you can always have your sailor get copy from the media folks who took the pictures.

At 5:00pm on January 17, 2012, raeinaz said…

thank you so much for the message...Its been a long wait to find out if we were going....

At 9:43pm on January 31, 2011, NF Mom said…

I had not heard they were so sick.  Phone calls sounded a little hoarse, but only one complaint a few weeks ago.


At 1:30am on January 15, 2011, Postal1 (Ship 11 DIV 065) said…

He is going to be a Machinist Mate. He did very well on his asvab test but failed his vision test. When he went to choose a job there wasnt much to choose from, so he delayed it by a day or two. The next time he went wasnt much better so he picked MM. I think he would like to try something else but he will make the best of whatever he does.

We are staying at the Ramada. I am looking forward to meeting a few of the N4M at the meet and greets. My son got "beat" for taking the blame for one of his buddies, but I dont know about any group beatings. I am sure the boys will have lots of boot camp memories!

Have a nice weekend! No mail on Monday...

Counting the days!


At 12:18am on January 14, 2011, Postal1 (Ship 11 DIV 065) said…

I am planning to attend the meet and greets. We are staying at the Ramada.Where are you staying?

Every letter that we receive is filled with so much enthusiasm. It makes me feel so good about this decision to join. I hope his career is everything he wants it to be. The only bad thing is some sort of an infection in his knee, which he is treating with antibiotics. I don't know why he would get an infection.

What is your sons job?


At 7:08pm on December 23, 2010, BexwestShip11Div065 said…
good to know somebody else with a son in the same division!  I think there are a few more on this site, if you get letters or calls, PLEASE  let me know, and any info as to how their Division is doing would be SO appreciated!!    I'll keep you posted as well!  (just checked the mailbox, nothing today......
At 7:06pm on December 23, 2010, BexwestShip11Div065 said…
Just figured out how to look at comments left for me!!  Ok, to change the way your name comes up when you comment, go to My Page (at the Top), click that, go to "Manage My Page"in the upper left, click that, and then you'll see "address" - add the Ship and DIV # after your user name, and click "save".. It wont let you use anything other than unmbers or lettter, and no spaces, at least I couldn't figure that out.
At 9:01pm on December 6, 2010, himmiemom said…
It is a nice feeling to know that somewhere in the United States another mother has a son leaving for BC on the same day. How are you doing? We drop my son off 12/7 @10am.
At 1:21am on November 24, 2010, Navy for Moms Admin said…
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