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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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Hi, My son Brett left for BC yesterday.  Reading the things people have posted or blogged about is helping me get through the hardest time of my life. I miss him like crazy and cannot stop wondering what he is doing right now. I know this is a great opportunity for him, so I am thrilled for him and super proud of him. I kept telling him that it was nice to know that he wasn't going to going though this alone, and I can say from my point, it is nice to know that there are so many going through the same things I am going through during this first part of his journey. I wish I wouls have had more time to become familiar with this sute prior to him leaving, but am glad to read about all of the different stages that everyone on the site is going through.

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Hi, there!  My husband left on March 7th, he is Ship 9 Div 138!  I also share all the exact same feelings you have shared!  I received his "box" exactly a week after he left, still waiting for the form letter with his PIR date and any other form of communication I can get from him! ;-)

My Daughter left March 6th and she is in the 925 Div.  I recieved her box and a very short letter the friday after she left. I can completely understand where your comming from this is the Second person I have sent off to boot. Althought the first time was 20 years ago the feelings are the same.  If you would like I can maybe answer some questions for you.  just an offer to help is all.  You will find that  Navy Families are far and wide but we take care of all.


Good Luck

Hi, there! my daughter left on March 7 from Guam.  She has lived all her life in the Philippines where both my husband and I also live.  I got her call on March 8 in the morning here in the Philippines.  Have not received yet any letter from her.  Dont know whats her ship and division number.  Been waiting since last week.  I have read so many posts in N4MS but still cant help but worry for her. Can anybody help me?

You will soon know your SR's PIR date if you don't already; be sure to go to and join the group when it has formed.  I also suggest that you join, or at least look at the info, in these groups:  New Members Stop HereBoot Camp Mom's and PIR Reference Information. (Underined words within this reply indicate a clickable link.)

thanks a lot.  you have been a great help. i feel so alone because i don't know any Mom  coming from the Philippines whose daughter is in BC. will link with the sites you have suggested

You are so very welcome.  Although there may not be another mom from the Philippines (there have been a few from time to time, so who knows), you will have a lot in common with the other moms, especially those in the PIR group. 

Sometimes it takes about 2 weeks but you should hear from her soon.  It's ok to worry but please don't make your self sick over it.  All will be fine if there was a problem they would call you or have someone contact you with  number for you to be able to contact her.  I'm sure she's fine just getting all the med calls and uniforms issued.


chin up all will be well.




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