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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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My son left for bootcamp on Wednesday and I've been crying off and on ever since.  I feel so lost not beling able to call him, FB him or contact hm in any way.  I never thought it would be this difficult.  I'm really struggling. I'm not worried about his safety, just feel so disconnected, like he's gone forever.  He is my firstborn too, maybe that's it?   I don't know, but he reached this milestone that I feel like I wasn't prepared for.  Anyone else feel like that?

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thank you!

My daughter left Wednesday as well, so I guess they are there together, I feel as you do, but reading all the positive things people have sent is certainly encouraging, Letting my daughter go was one of the hardest things I had to do, but I know in 7 weeks and 4 days, I will be so proud for her decision and accomplishment and you will feel the same for your son :)

Thank you Suze.  Wouldn't it be something if our kids met!  I will pray for you and yours and yes, we will be so very proud!!

My daughter left right before christmas all I did was cry and when I got home from work the package of her stuff was sitting at the door, I just sat there and couldn't open it for about an hour. 

I feel better now that I get a letter every week and she might be able to call me soon!  Hang in there they are almost done with the training. 

My son flew out yesterday to Great Lakes...I am so lost...He too is my firstborn...and I have cried and cried....I cant stand not being able to talk to him...I thought I would handle it better but I have not....I got the phone call that he arrived there...I am really struggling too and it seems that only military people understand!

I understand how you feel. Its heartbreaking. Everyone tells me that I should be happy and proud. I AM proud, but do not feel happy. I do hope it gets better soon, but for now, it just hurts.
My son flew out yesterday 1/18/2012. It is hard not
being able to talk to them! But maybe we can 
make some friends here to help pass the time.

My son flew out on the 18th also.  I got the phone call from him at midnight saying he got there safely and will call again in 3 weeks.  That seems like an eternity!

We got the same phone call.  I am so grateful for this venue to talk to other Moms feeling just like me and being able to relate to the emotions!  I am hoping to make some friends here!

My son called at 10pm on the 18th. Wouldnt it b funny if they were in same Div

I share your pain, ladies.  My son also flew out on the 18th.  I just got an address from his recruiter today, which from what I've read, may or may not be correct.  They say the letters will eventually find them.  Hang in there everyone, we'll all learn how to do this.

My son flew out yesterday 1/18/2012. It is hard not
being able to talk to them! But maybe we can 
make some friends here to help pass the time.


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