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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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"I have found that the best things you can get a sailor is anything that you can get…"

Arwen replied Dec 4, 2010 to Holiday Gifts for Recruits

2 Dec 4, 2010
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"I'm not too worried about it. The North Koreans have done this kind of thing before,…"

Arwen replied Nov 28, 2010 to Questions about bootcamp during the holidays

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"As I understand the process, he will not be allowed to be driven to boot camp by fam…"

Arwen replied Nov 25, 2010 to BC date is Dec 8th, when does our son leave the home for BC

4 Nov 27, 2010
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"Usually the Navy won't let newly graduated sailors take civilian transportation to t…"

Arwen replied Nov 20, 2010 to Coming home after basic training graduation

12 Nov 20, 2010
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"When your husband gets his orders, you will be on them. Because you are on his order…"

Arwen replied Nov 20, 2010 to need help deciding if i should move to my husbands station

6 Nov 20, 2010
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"Last year only recruits in their 6th and 7th weeks of training were allowed to go, a…"

Arwen replied Nov 15, 2010 to Questions about bootcamp during the holidays

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"Can you get a statement from the doctor explaining the "diagnosis"?"

Arwen replied Nov 12, 2010 to Fighting to stay in the Navy

8 Nov 13, 2010

"Which base is he on in Pensacola? If he's on Corry Station (tech-based schools), the…"

Arwen replied Nov 12, 2010 to A school

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"Do have him sign up for college courses. My son doesn't have a date yet, he figures…"

Arwen replied Nov 7, 2010 to Enlisting

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"His tickets and travel itinerary will be issued within a day or two around his A-sch…"

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