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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 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).  Still limited to 2 guests maximum.

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 7/16/2021**




**UPDATE - 2020**

Due to COVID there is no public PIR. The graduations are on Thursday, and the video of the graduation is posted on RTC's FaceBook on Friday at approx 3pm. Please keep in mind that a division may need to complete additional quarantine during training which will delay their graduation.

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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CryptoDad replied Nov 20, 2017 to New for RTC in Jan

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8 Dec 19, 2017
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"You're son had a good recruiter who took his job seriously. When the new standard is…"

CryptoDad replied Nov 18, 2017 to Navy Sets New Physical Fitness Standard to Start Boot Camp

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"Everyone with a son or daughter arriving at boot camp after January 1, 2018 will wan…"

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"There are going to be a number of moms blindsided by this new physical fitness stand…"

CryptoDad replied Nov 17, 2017 to Navy Sets New Physical Fitness Standard to Start Boot Camp

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"Any truth? None. The restrictions are mostly on liberty, not leave."

CryptoDad replied Nov 12, 2017 to A School During December

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"here4u, Do you believe that a Recruit who allows total strangers on board a secure m…"

CryptoDad replied Oct 26, 2017 to We need an extra ticket for graduation ceremony Oct. 27,2017

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"First, don't worry about the colored envelope. That's largely a myth. Next, priority…"

CryptoDad replied Oct 19, 2017 to Life after Graduation (+mail)

3 Oct 19, 2017
Reply by Phoenixmom

"He will be an AN, Airman, after PIR. "

CryptoDad replied Oct 16, 2017 to SR Title after boot camp

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"My Sailor's favorite was Naval Support Facility - Thurmont. MD. "

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