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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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I was all gung ho when I joined this group 6 months ago, but then got increasing overwhelmed, felt like I was lost, didn't have time to read all the posts, etc, etc, etc.  Basically, I was avoiding the inevitable.

My daughter left on August 4.  I cried so much that I'm pretty sure I could have remedied the California drought.  I still have NOT received a letter from her.  I'm getting very discouraged.

I feel like I'm so out of the loop and not up-to-par as I should be as a NavyMom.  I'm so proud of her, but I feel like a total failure.  Can someone please give me baby steps to start off with?

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The daughter that joined game me this site information so I could join and have support, however, I felt much like you, overwhelmed and not able to navigate the site well and not enough time to sit down and become comfortable with it.  I browsed here and there and joined the facebook family, which helped immensely.  What I did find on my browsing sessions was many people that felt like I did, others that were old hands at it and everyone there to support you while you handle this journey.  I also relied on my other daughter that lives on the opposite coast (going to college) to get through boot camp.

Although I haven't jumped in a lot I find comfort reading what others have written. So with that I will write what I know helped me and I hope it helps you some too.  I still don't understand all the lingo, in my whole she is "doing that thingy, where she works with that what-cha-ma-call-it"

Write her everyday and mail them,  Write like you are talking to her, I did and sometimes I would guess my daughters answer and she said it made her laugh. Your daughter might have an extra job during boot camp that takes up her time so she might not be able to write. But I know she is thinking about you.  I told her about something to do with her cat and she said when she hid under the covers to read it, she had to stifle giggling. 

Read post  when you can

Ask questions when you don't get it, even if you ask several times. 

One thing you have here is a whole new family where everyone here has gone through what you are going through.  You will find a lot of strength from this site and if you join others on facebook.


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