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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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Navy Speak

Click here to learn common Navy terms and acronyms!  (Hint:  When you can speak an entire sentence using only acronyms and one verb, you're truly a Navy mom.)

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Visite esta página para explorar en su idioma las oportunidades de educación y carreras para sus hijos en el Navy.



purchasst's Discussions (15)

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"Congratulations!  I'm sure you can't wait to see him!!  Enjoy your time together."

purchasst replied Dec 1, 2015 to Coming Home!

2 Aug 11, 2017
Reply by Laura

"Congrats to all of you who will a son or daughter going to basic training soon. My s…"

purchasst replied Nov 30, 2015 to Leaving for Boot Camp December 8th

23 Dec 14, 2015
Reply by ryansmom

"My son just graduated from basic last week, so spent the time near the base for 4 da…"

purchasst replied Nov 23, 2015 to Received my sons box today

60 Dec 2, 2015
Reply by Pumpkin

"We stayed at the Residence Inn Marriott. Free breakfast, nice staff, nice place. Gre…"

purchasst replied Nov 23, 2015 to Best place to stay for graduation

6 Dec 1, 2015
Reply by jjhockeymom

"We are flying from CT to Midway on Southwest.  I'm not too concerned about the drivi…"

purchasst replied Oct 29, 2015 to Which Airport?

7 Oct 29, 2015
Reply by purchasst

"Not sure where you are flying from, but check out Southwest. If foe any reason you h…"

purchasst replied Oct 13, 2015 to Leaving for Boot Camp December 8th

23 Dec 14, 2015
Reply by ryansmom

"You should get a letter from the Navy what his graduation date is.  Unless they get…"

purchasst replied Oct 13, 2015 to Leaving for Boot Camp December 8th

23 Dec 14, 2015
Reply by ryansmom

"Thanks much.  He has his own glasses, which look great on them.  He may just wear th…"

purchasst replied Oct 2, 2015 to Contact lens

3 Oct 2, 2015
Reply by lemonelephant

"I got my son's address from his recruiter.  The letter coming from the Navy will als…"

purchasst replied Oct 2, 2015 to Daughter left 9/22 where do I get an address for mail

6 Oct 2, 2015
Reply by lemonelephant

"So glad you heard from your son.  I'm still waiting for my call from my son.  Saw hi…"

purchasst replied Oct 2, 2015 to First Phone Call

6 Oct 2, 2015
Reply by purchasst


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