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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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I received paperwork from my son to fill out in order to participate in adopting my sailor. I will get to pick him up at 8 am Christmas morning and return him at 8 pm. His PIR group is 01/07/11. I am so excited and cannot wait to see him. It is only one day, but I will treasure that one day with him.Some of your recruits may also qualify for this program. If they are not adopted out - I think most of them get invited by local church groups, VFW, other organazations, and even individual families that open up their home to allow recruits to have a home like Christmas. You are allowed to get your recruit plus one other.

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Only certain PIR groups where sent the letter. Not all recruits will be taken off base for Christmas, only a very small % end up going off base.
Hi does anyone know if the recruit had to send out the form or if it is coming from office.
On the RTC facebook page, the public affairs office responded that recruits graduating 1/7 and 1/14 are eligible for adopt a sailor... and my husband wrote he heard a rumor they might get off base for christmas... but i'm still waiting on any paperwork because it's only for sure if you get the packet. Congrats to you for getting one, what an exciting surprise!
I hope you get one also. He does get to go off base - he just has to stay within 50 miles of base. I received it Friday!!!
My son sent the "adopt a Sailor for Christmas" form home in a letter......I got it last wednesday.....His PIR date is Jan. 14, 2011....Do you need to send the form back if you are not able to pick him up. will they still let him go with the Churches and other groups with out the form?


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