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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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I am unable to log on to the web site listed in the appreciation letter sent to parents by new recruits. If I can't get logged on here, how do we get our parking passes for graduation. I realize I can't print it until 11 days prior, but I'm worried because I can't log on to the site. H E L P ....... Please.

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The site is down through midnight tonight. It will be up again tomorrow to print a gate pass.

I know these entries are a little old ... but following the recommendations have made aquiring the parking pass very easy.  I have been greatly stregnthened by the comments of other moms who have blazed a trail through the paperwork and computure problems.  I am an older mother of a young recruit, and just want to mention how proud of her I am.  My father was a Pearl Harbor survivor, and I know he is watching over her and beaming with admiration for her.  God bless all our sons and daughters with courage, health, and peace of mind, as well as thier families through this holiday season and the coming new year.

The Great thing about the Navy For Moms website it that it creates an eternal daughter graduated BC Aug 6th..our PIR website is still going strong..we all check in from time to time, still sharing laughs,tears,virtual daughter is in Dam Neck on hold for "C" school..we are all here for you if you have any questions....hooyah!!

  1. You are on this site, so you can tell your RC that you are social networking. :)  
  2. Don't let your age stop you from doing anything. My sister is 68. She just signed up to get her PhD. So, if you didn't get the chance to finish your college degree, go for it. I am 61. I am as internet savvy as any of those young whipper-snappers. I learn something new everyday.
  3. Being technically proficient with using the computer will make communicating with your sons/daughter, grandson/daughters that much easier in the future. Technology is not moving backwards.

Good luck, Barbara.

I'm also having the same problem


Keep that letter containing the password for printing the parking pass. If you are using MS Internet Explorer, you may encounter a program. Download Mozilla Firefox (it's free) and try again. Remember to save your password (in case you lose your pass and have to print another one). Better yet, once you are online, print multiple copies to take with you. I know a mom who gots hers laminated (just in case the kid brother spills coke on it.

Stay in touch with your recruit during BC about ordering the dvd and photos. He/she will have an opportunity to order these before PIR. If he/she forgets, you can go to the EXCHANGE and order them yourself when you are there for PIR. Additionally, you can call and request an order form be faxed to you at anytime. NO email requests. BTW, there is a bound photo album that is beautiful – don’t know the cost.

Call these people up at:
Navy Exchange Photo Lab Bldg.7626
2601 East Paul Jones St.
Great Lakes, Il 60088
Phone number 847-578-6205 Mon- Fri


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