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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 5:02pm on January 6, 2013, NavyMomLG said…

Hi Gulf Coast Mom.  Thank you for the friend request.  Has your son been in Kings Bay since Prototype, and how does he like it?  Did he do Prototype in Balston Spa?

At 7:00pm on September 30, 2012, Proud Navy/NYPD Mom (Donna) said…

Hi Gulf Coast Mom!  I accepted your friend request.  I'm going to MAS We SHIP Love and get the addy for you now.  Then I will send it to you in a PM.

At 1:04pm on July 2, 2012, BunkerQB said…

I just sent you a friend request.

At 1:44am on August 4, 2011, MrsMacho (Kelly) said…
Hello, it's good to see someone else from Ms here. Would love to be friends. My son Daniel leaves for BC Sept 1st.
At 10:17am on February 12, 2011, nursemom (Lisa) said…

Nice to meet you.  My Son is currently in BC.  He is probably finishing up his "p" days.  Hard not hearing from him.

I am currently a RN working perdiem in local hospital.  I am also finally finishing up my BSN.  I am going to also complete my school nurse certification.  Probably going to look towards middle school or high school.  How do you like it compared to Hospital nursing?

What rating is your son?  How has the Navy been to him?

At 2:38am on January 2, 2011, Eileen (USS Albany) said…

I enjoyed Camp Nursing.  If you are a Middle School nurse,you will be very comfortable with this job.  It ranges from homesick kids to anaphylactic never know what the day will bring. It's very rewarding, but not in a monetary sense. I did it for many summers when my kids were at camp also.

So how long has your son been at Groton?

At 7:44am on October 13, 2010, joj said…
Is this where you meant for a private message?
At 8:30pm on October 12, 2010, joj said…
Don't find anywhere to leave a private message!
At 9:30am on October 12, 2010, joj said…
Our granddaughter just arrived at Gulfport. She doesn't start school for about 2 weeks, then I think it will be another couple weeks before she can leave the base. Can you get onto the base?
At 10:06am on March 22, 2010, southiegrl said…
Hi, we are on the Memphis too. I saw your post from March 7th. I understand you are looking for the Ombudsmans info, Her email is and she can help you. Also the page you may have left comments on may be inactive, there is a new private blog for the families which she can give you information on, it is very recent and every question is responded to. Also, just a reminder to please do not discuss schedule info on any board, you never know who may be trolling:) . Hope all is well!
At 4:25pm on March 5, 2010, carols_kitchen said…
Good to chat with you! Apparently Andy says he picks up his mail near the hotel? Don't know if that is the same PO box like your sailor has.
At 4:17pm on March 3, 2010, carols_kitchen said…
I don't know if Andy has a ship name yet, as they are on hold now for about 3 more weeks. So, he is back to "swabbing floors matey." Also, he is living in a hotel--I guess the Navy save a bunch of rooms for those who don't have room on base. He said it is difficult finding the differnt buildings right now. He's also disappointed in the mall in the area--he got spoiled in S. Carolina! lol
My hubby and I also work school shifts which determines our travel plans.
At 5:53pm on March 1, 2010, carols_kitchen said…
Hi. Our son just arrived at Groton last night (from Goose Creek.) What kind of restaurants are around there so we can send him some gift cards? Also, what have you learned about their housing? I thought our son said they stayed in a hotel for 3 months, which sounds different. Thanks!
At 11:20pm on January 18, 2010, Kelli_wife of JP said…
Thank you so much for the comment and letting me know that. I was wondering I would meet people who are stationed there. :)
At 12:59am on December 13, 2009, Gulf Coast Mom said…
Jane - So good to hear from you. Jeremy graduated prototype 12/4/09. It is evidently not a big ceremony. We did not go - he said their instructors had already given them their certificates so they just picked up their final orders and left. He and one of his roommates came home last Friday after graduation, stayed Friday night, left Saturday and drove to Houston and flew to Belize for a week with two other friends from Goose Creek. He got back to Houston last night and back here this morning early. Now - he is here until probably Jan, 5. He has to be in Groton CT on January 10 assigned to the USS Memphis a fast attack sub. It is one of the older ones and just got back in port on Nov.21 after 7 months out. Dont's have any idea when he will go going out again. I am sure he (and us) have a lot to learn. He is just glad to be done with school and moving on to using what he has learned. Where is Corbin living - Good luck to you. Let me hear back from you.
At 11:49am on December 2, 2009, Kaye S. said…
Well, come on over then! Indeed, our little group of "Westies" has fun together. We're about 8 strong right now and would love to have you join us (your sister too)! We meet on third Mondays -- our dinners are always posted on the Events calendar in the right-hand column. Looking forward to meeting you! Hugs, k.
At 5:59pm on November 27, 2009, Kaye S. said…
Hi, GC! Well, your adventure is just about to begin. It will be a bummer that son is stationed so far away, but will give you an excuse to visit New England in the autumn!
Be sure to join "Sub Moms;" we a nice bunch and all know the challenges of having a kid underwater. Hugs! k.
At 6:31pm on January 19, 2009, carols_kitchen said…
Hi Melody-
I'm hearing power school grad date of June 5th. How about you? I think we've met one of his possible roomies for when the go off base for prototype. We plan to go to his power school grad and bring kitchen stuff for him. Been on craigslist, and think we'll have him buy sofa and bed from there.
At 10:16pm on December 5, 2008, carols_kitchen said…
Oh, sorry to hear Jeremy was sick. At least he got to be mothered. I,too, planned to get back over, but we spent all Friday site seeing till we couldn't go any longer. Had planned the James Park drive through for the lights, but hit the hay as we had an early flight the next morning. Also went to Indianapolis to check back in on my mom, then drove back home.
Ah, but to hug another N4M! It was great.
To our next reunion, where ever it may be!
At 10:47am on November 27, 2008, carols_kitchen said…
Great meeting you last night! Love this N4M.
Do you have your sailor over at 510 yet? We are just 2 doors down--is that now great?

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