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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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grad and go

Started this discussion. Last reply by cody's navy mom : D Jul 30, 2010. 11 Replies

Thanks for all of your responses so fast, my son's A school is in Pensacola Florida.  I am shaking after reading that he may be grad and go if he is in the first two divisions. Does anyone know for…Continue

grad and go

Started this discussion. Last reply by JessicaB-Sailor Mom Jul 19, 2010. 3 Replies

Hello Navy FamilyMy son is graduating on july 30th, 11 days away, I have no idea how long in advance they are informed about when they will ship out to their A schoo.  He has not said anything about…Continue


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I have a son who left for navy boot camp on june 1st. He is ship 10 div 253, Graduating on july 30th. I am really really missing him, I am so proud and counting down the days I can wrap my arms around him.
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pir 7-30-10

Posted on July 21, 2010 at 7:00am 0 Comments

I really hope your son pulls through his ankle injury and is fine for his upcoming pir. I do know that they work very hard at helping them to grad on time for everyones sake. They say no news is good news so if you did not hear anything, assume everything is fine. Good luck to you and your son.

Hi, I am a new member, I wanted to say congrats to all of our recruits

Posted on July 18, 2010 at 10:06pm 0 Comments

My son left for bc on june 1st. ship 10 div. 253. I have received some very encouraging letters from him,
This has been a lot harder on me than I thought it would be. I miss him so so so much. I cry all the time. I did not realize we would not get many phone calls. I only got 2 phone calls so far. I am counting down the days we get on a plane and get to that graduation on the 30th. Can anyone tell me if they are grad and go when would they be informed?

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At 5:40pm on July 26, 2010, pru said…
That would be great if we could. I am not sure if we are leaving Saturday or Sunday. It depends on his liberty
At 7:08pm on July 20, 2010, Denise Bauchens said…
Just wanted to give update on my son's div. and the grad and go information, I was in work today and just had to take a few minutes and see if I can find out for sure. I called the public affairs office and the nice man on the phone confirmed that my sons div. is not grad and go.....I was very grateful. Thanka again for all of the advice.
At 8:15pm on July 18, 2010, Navy for Moms Admin said…
Welcome to Navy For Moms!

You will find this site very helpful and full of members who are eager to answer your questions. Browse around the site and check out the featured forums, groups, blogs, photos, videos, and even the other member profiles!

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Enjoy your time here and we look forward (along with the community) to
reading more about you! :)

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