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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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Brenda Sue's Discussions (2,177)

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"My son left for boot camp on December 19th (bummer)!! This year will be my fourth Ch…"

Brenda Sue replied Oct 16, 2010 to Questions about bootcamp during the holidays

142 Nov 29, 2010
Reply by JessicaB-Sailor Mom

"Yep, the limit is four and the names have to be given to you recruit before so he ca…"

Brenda Sue replied Oct 14, 2010 to List?

3 Oct 14, 2010
Reply by BunkerQB

"I most definitely would NOT call the office and talk to them! That would be for him…"

Brenda Sue replied Oct 6, 2010 to PIR Message for JesicaB sailor's Mom

4 Oct 6, 2010
Reply by ilze

"He can have about anything a civilian can have after a certain period of time. They…"

Brenda Sue replied Oct 3, 2010 to What can our sailors have while they are in A School?

14 Oct 11, 2010
Reply by JessicaB-Sailor Mom

"I think it should depend on what your interests are - medical? security? machinery?…"

Brenda Sue replied Sep 30, 2010 to I DONT KNOW WHAT TO DO IN THE NAVY :(

3 Oct 1, 2010
Reply by JessicaB-Sailor Mom

"but. . . the Navy Lodge is NOT on base - about two miles from it. I doubt if there i…"

Brenda Sue replied Sep 27, 2010 to STAYING ON BASE FOR PIR

27 Oct 7, 2013
Reply by beverly

"Welcome "back" - have you seen the group of Moms with kids in Afghanistan?"

Brenda Sue replied Sep 18, 2010 to He's deployed again, so I'm back!

3 Sep 19, 2010

"hm - it all depends on where his "A" school is. Sometimes it is just "across the str…"

Brenda Sue replied Sep 10, 2010 to Grad and Go

18 Jan 26, 2011
Reply by lemonelephant

"Yes, they have rooms like dorms at most A schools. They are allowed cell phones and…"

Brenda Sue replied Sep 5, 2010 to can a sailor communicate in A school

2 Sep 5, 2010
Reply by sydney

"I only paid tolls once when I was there almost three years ago. You do have to be 25…"

Brenda Sue replied Sep 4, 2010 to First time planning a trip on my own!

5 Sep 5, 2010
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