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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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My son left Wednesday the 10th for boot camp in great lakes IL. I miss him so much, not hearing his voice is driving me nuts. I can't wait till I get his address to start writing. I need alot of support, I know he will be fine. He will be strong. This is a great idea to have this page to give support to those who need it and have been through this and are giving support. 

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I can't be much support other than I understand.  My boy leaves on 8/16.  I've been crying off and on for a week.  Was dumb enough to watch a baby video yesterday.  What was I thinking?  He's been out with his friends, going to concerts, eating out and having so much fun and for that I am appreciative.  He has a very supportive friend base.  Also, he hasn't had to see me melt down but once or twice because he's been gone so much!  For that I am grateful and appreciative!  I am so proud of him and I know he will be successful.  I tell him often how proud I am.  What he doesn't know is the upcoming void in my life is GUT WRENCHING...  Does it get easier after they leave?  Here I am answering your request for support by asking YOU for support.. Forgive me..

Hi. My son left august 8. The first day was awful. I am slowly adjusting to his absence. I cried a bit yesterday, but today has been good, so far. This page has been my lifeline for weeks now. I have found since Aaron left, I am here constantly. I hope to get the form letter this week. I am a teacher and we go back to work tomorrow, so I will stay busy. Hopefully time will fly. Best wishes to you and your SR.
Hi- my son left August 9- and we are so anxious to get his address. We miss him and too are trying to adjust to the void. I have my weak moments but am so proud of him and know he made the right choice for his future.  We are constantly thinking of him at different points during the day and night, and wondering, what he is doing or how he is feeling.  Can someone tell me what the form letter is that everyone mentions?  This is a great site, and wonderful to be able to stay in touch with other families.  Best wishes and thank you for the support.....
Go to the New Moms Stop Here link provided by lemonelephant. Click on the PAGE with an example of what this will look like.  The pages are located just underneath the member icons. We also have videos, a survival guide, links and more.
Thank you, still trying to get an address. Hopefully today. 
My daughter also left on August 9th
My son also left on the 10th, I know how you feel not be able to just pick up the phone and talk to him, yesterday I was very quiet and a bit sad, but today is a new and brighter day, I guess that's how it is for me right now, this site gas helped he sooo much. Have a good week and let's hope to see a package or something in the mail soon. Take care and good luck to your son and all our sons and daughters. Gina
Thanks, I feel good too, I don't feel like there is anything wrong. I just received his package so happy to have gotten that plus I just got his address from the recruiter. so I'm on my 5th page of writing. Lets stay in touch and keep the prayers going for them. I'm so thankful for this website and being able to keep in touch with others going through the same thing as me.
My son left on the 10th also.  I am patiently waiting to get his box.  I have been trying to find wacky news and funny articles to send him.  I am afraid if we write to much on how much we miss him, he will get home sick quicker.  When I drive up to the drive way and see his car it throws me off.  Almost one week down, I am hoping the rest go by just as quickly.
Thanks so much for the tips. 
My only child, leaves Nov. 11, 2011. I am so not ready.

I got to hear from my son Wednesday, because he needed some info, was happy i forgot to put something down. He sounded great. I can't wait to see him on Oct 7th. :)



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