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Choose your Username.  For the privacy and safety of you and/or your sailor, NO LAST NAMES ARE ALLOWED, even if your last name differs from that of your sailor (please make sure your URL address does not include your last name either).  Also, please do not include your email address in your user name. Go to "Settings" above to set your Username.  While there, complete your Profile so you can post and share photos and videos of your Sailor and share stories with other moms!

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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zachsmom's Discussions (14)

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"If you send pictures, I recommend you print many of them on the same paper. We did t…"

zachsmom replied Jul 13, 2015 to What can we send to our Recruits.

11 Jul 15, 2015
Reply by CryptoDad

"No, it was the Holiday Inn Express. Very nice and clean. "

zachsmom replied Jul 11, 2015 to Great Lakes Graduation 7/24

7 Jul 11, 2015
Reply by zachsmom

"We stayed in Libertyville. It was a nice place and very close to base."

zachsmom replied Jul 10, 2015 to Great Lakes Graduation 7/24

7 Jul 11, 2015
Reply by zachsmom

"My son left on Saturday but it was later in the afternoon. If you could wait until S…"

zachsmom replied Jul 10, 2015 to graduation weekend

2 Jul 10, 2015
Reply by CryptoDad

"Thank you."

zachsmom replied Apr 28, 2015 to A-School Visitation

5 Jun 8, 2015
Reply by Anti M

"Thank you."

zachsmom replied Apr 28, 2015 to A-School in Pensacola, FL

2 Apr 28, 2015
Reply by zachsmom

"We are in Ohio so it could be sooner. Thanks again for your encouragement!"

zachsmom replied Apr 21, 2015 to No letters yet

7 Apr 21, 2015
Reply by Nick's Mom

"Ok Thanks!"

zachsmom replied Apr 21, 2015 to No letters yet

7 Apr 21, 2015
Reply by Nick's Mom

"Thank you. Sometimes it just helps hearing from others what they are experiencing. I…"

zachsmom replied Apr 20, 2015 to No letters yet

7 Apr 21, 2015
Reply by Nick's Mom

"My son said some of the same things. I know he is frustrated over many not doing wha…"

zachsmom replied Apr 13, 2015 to awaiting phone call! or letter

21 Apr 16, 2015
Reply by lemonelephant


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