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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 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).  Still limited to 2 guests maximum.

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 7/16/2021**




**UPDATE - 2020**

Due to COVID there is no public PIR. The graduations are on Thursday, and the video of the graduation is posted on RTC's FaceBook on Friday at approx 3pm. Please keep in mind that a division may need to complete additional quarantine during training which will delay their graduation.

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'm going to post some PDF files I made about boot camp here on the Cryptology section.  The only reason that I'm posting them here is because I can add them as attachment here, unlike other area of N4M which don't allow attachments. 


I know everyone here is way past boot camp here on the Cryptology section, but I needed a spot to place them when I try to help people understand boot camp in other sections.  So this is the only reason you're seeing them here....


I'm always curious if these helped you.....

So, If you enjoyed this:

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Make a comment below...

and let me know what you think...

(Remember, I talk Navy 24x7, and sometimes I talk way over a normal civilians head and I would like to know if there is something that could be more easy explained....)






Think! ~ Other not so well known rules...


What ribbons & Medal can your sailors earn in boot camp?


What is a Snipe?


900 Division for Dummies


11 General Orders ~ The easy way

~ Your 1st Navy Test ~ Your sailor is learning, so shall you!



~ Your 4th Navy Test ~ (SEALS)



USS John F. Kennedy (ship-9):


USS Kearsarge (ship-11):


USS TRITON (ship-12):



USS Marvin Shields (ship-13):



USS Arizona (ship-14):







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This was great, my daughter's PIR is 11/18, now I know what she will be facing in the weeks to come.  God Bless all those who train the recruits to become sailors.


This was great! Thanks for sharing and the humor. :)

I am so appreciative of what these SR's have to accomplish in order to earn the title of Sailor with the greatest Navy!  We are anxiously awaiting our SR's "i'm a sailor call"  

My son is the 1st in our family to join the navy.  I have learned so much from watching the videos, it has given me much insight what the SR's are going thru while at bc.  It has helped in corresponding with him, knowing what he is learning and doing each day, the "language" and etc....

  Thank you so much for the time, dedication, and hard work that you've put into this.  Thank you for your service to God, our country and mankind.

Nice! I've been once and will be going again in 1 month. Very different look when there's SNOW!! Where was all that green???

I absolutely loved the Battle Stations presentation and thank you so very much for sharing this!   The whole presentation was so VERY well done, and so informative and helpful!   I had chills... tears.....and several chuckles( :) ) ! I can not imagine the time it took to create this treasure!    Thank you again! 

This is totally awesome! Thank you for making this slide show. It's a great feeling to have some idea where my son will be when he leaves. I will miss him terribly.

I couldnt get any thing to come up when i clicked on the links above. :(


 This is the 2nd time I have looked here. the first my hubby (MR.MOM) showed me and he just kept making me worried with his mouth... what if this happened or that went wrong, what if he tripped & so on... Just to mess with me... lol  This time it was much more enjoyable... lol 

Craig- you are awesome!! these are fantastic and i didnt mind being a 'dummie' because you broke it down so well - with a little fun thrown in.  I am a teacher - YOU did an excellent job teaching me. Thank you!

THANK YOU so much!!! It was very interesting and informative. You did an awesome job of putting this together for us. I just wish my SR could view it too!

This was awesome. Thank you for your hard work in putting this together. So glad I got to see where my son is.


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