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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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Ladies, please visit your personal page at least once a day. You may find a message from another member. I have posted welcoming messages on your pages (Click MY PAGE tab on above menu bar). There is a link to the Survival Guide on the welcoming messages. This guide contains lots of info, links, videos, etc. The link to the guide will always be on your page for future reference. After you watch the videos you will feel like you have been to boot camp yourself.

Hi Audra:

I can't even tell you how many times I cried!!!  My daughter went in 6 weeks ago, and to this day, just hearing certain songs make me SO sad!!!  I am now only 2 more weeks from being able to see her and hold her(0:  Please don't get discouraged, it took nearly 3 weeks for me to finally get a letter and a phone call - but it WILL happen for you.  Congrats on yours and your daughter's HONOR, COURAGE, AND COMMITMENT!!!!!

I left my first born and only son at MEPS this morning, didn't cry until it was time to say goodbye, thought I was doing good, took 10yo dd to nail shop and when the tech asked why we weren't at work/school I lost it . . . I hope it gets better . . . his boots are still at the garage door, bed unmade lol . . .

oh my, i feel ya...i'm counting the days and i really want to hold it together until he leaves my eye sight...


Isn't crazy how hard it is to leave him there?  My son finishes BC and has PIR on 3/16.  It was a horrible first three weeks but it does get better.  This site is so helpful in getting you through.  Keep breathing! 

I can only tell you that this site is such a wonderful tool in getting us through!!!!  It really seems like the hardest thing in the world to have no communication for so long, however, like JT's Mama said so well, it truly is horrible the first three weeks, but then starts getting better as you can finally start counting down to their graduation!!

Chin up - and remember, you feelings are so very shared by us other mommas on this site!!

 Yes i feel terrible and am having alot of anxiety attacks. I feel exactly the same


I PROMISE you that it DOES get easier(0:  After the third week, it seems like the letters and phone calls just kinda come rolling in(0:  My daughter has been gone for 7 weeks now, and now I am looking at seeing her graduate in just one more week!  My best advice after this 7 weeks is, do not let your phone out of your sight, because you just NEVER really know when they might call, and missing that call would be heartbreaking for you and for your recruit)):  Also, I have not let a day go by without mailing my daughter a letter, and she says the letters are what are keeping her going some days!

Nice to Meet You Mom-in-law2!!!!  My daughter is in the same ship/div!    8 more days!!!!!!  Whooo hoooooooo :)

i couldnt make it to graduation are you geting pictures of the whole thing 


LOL. Hahahaha. The dangers of skimming. I read "hot" and "male" after "GET SOME PICTURES" & "BEFORE I CRY" and thought what the h$ll?


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