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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 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).  

Specific information on this policy change will be provided in the coming days and weeks.

We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience and appreciate your support.


RTC Graduation

**UPDATE 6/23/2022 - MASK MANDATE IS LIFTED -  Vaccinations still 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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"We flew into Milwaukee in Oct. Traffic was easy, cost was less expensive than O'Hare…"

Aaron's mom replied Dec 19, 2011 to Airport to fly into for boot camp graduation??

3 Dec 19, 2011
Reply by Barb

"Welcome to the Navy mom club! It is difficult those first few weeks in boot camp, bu…"

Aaron's mom replied Dec 7, 2011 to My Son Went To The RTC Today

3 Dec 9, 2011
Reply by sunshine73

"Most of the time you get a quick call when they arrive. Occasionally, some recruits…"

Aaron's mom replied Nov 16, 2011 to don't know what to expect while my 18 year son leaves for boot camp in a month

38 Nov 18, 2011
Reply by TalonsMom

"We were at the October 7 PIR. We stayed at the Courtyard by Marriott in Waukegan. Ve…"

Aaron's mom replied Oct 15, 2011 to Boot camp

30 Oct 25, 2011
Reply by Bcedab

"My form letter did not come at the same time as the box. They were a few days apart."

Aaron's mom replied Oct 11, 2011 to PIR

11 Oct 12, 2011
Reply by ad89450p (04/803)

"Awww... best wishes to you on YOUR journey. It is tough to let them go. Now that my…"

Aaron's mom replied Oct 3, 2011 to Off to BootCamp she goes!

5 Oct 4, 2011
Reply by GirlsGoneNavy

"I am staying at Courtyard. We will get there this Thursday. I cannot wait to see my…"

Aaron's mom replied Oct 1, 2011 to Boot Camp

24 Oct 1, 2011
Reply by lemonelephant

"Some moms recommended Sarge's Taxi. We are not renting a car because we are not fond…"

Aaron's mom replied Sep 16, 2011 to Hotel and car rental

84 Oct 6, 2012
Reply by lemonelephant

"Hi Judy. It is hard, but time is making it easier. My son gradualtes on Oct. 7. We a…"

Aaron's mom replied Sep 10, 2011 to New to this Navy World

5 Sep 10, 2011

"The first real letter usually arrives sometime during week 3. My son's division mail…"

Aaron's mom replied Sep 10, 2011 to First bc letter

3 Sep 10, 2011
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