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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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Good morning all!!

I'm new here :) Time is winding down and I feel like I'm loosing my mind!! lol all the last minute meetings, uugghh you name it!!  I'm so glad I was told about this site, hoping to get great support ove the next 5 yrs! :)



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You may wish to join the group, DEP-Leavin for bootcamp in March, You will meet others with loved ones leaving the same day/week who may be in the same TG and have PIR together. Be sure to check out the discussion, Things to Do in the Last Month Before Your Future Sailor Leaves for the RTC.

I see you have joined Boot Camp Moms (and loved ones); I also suggest you join New Members Stop Here and check out the Pages (found under the pictures of the Members) and Discussions there.

(Group names and the link within this reply are clickable links.)

thank you :)

You are very welcome.

Hello jackie, my son left monday also and boy was yesterday a sad day for me.His recruitor called me tonight and gave me his address so i could write i quess your daughter will graduate when my son does! wish you well and lets chat some time! my name is vicki, my sons name is russell

vicki, join the group, DEP-Leavin for bootcamp in March, to connect with others with loved ones who left the same day and may have PIR together.

You may want to join, or at least check out, Boot Camp Moms (and loved ones), PIR Reference Information, and New Members Stop Here. Once you know your SR’s PIR date and/or division number, watch in Boot Camp Moms (and loved ones) and/or at and join the group for that once it has been created. There will be a lot of great information and support for you in those groups. Be sure to check out the Pages (found under the pictures of the Members) and Discussions within the groups. Arrival and What Happens at the RTC within Boot Camp Moms (and loved ones) will let you know what is happening, but you will also want to check out the other Pages in all of the groups.

Although you have received an address from the recruiter, we strongly urge you to wait untl you receive the form letter before sending any letters.  Your recruit will not receive any letters for about 2-3 weeks.  See Letter Writing & Fun Stuff/Questionnaires to send to your Recruit for more on that.

(Group names within this reply are clickable links. To join a group, click on the group name and after the group page opens, click on "+ Join..." in the upper right.)

thanks for the info! so no letters for 2-3 weeks wow! i will check out the other info too

You are very welcome.

Hi Vicki :)

I'd love to stay in touch!!  Were you able to talk some yest?  My daughter texted throughout the day, then called about 8pm for 'last' call :( Now that was tough, she was crying.  Been so tough the last few days, she said she was fine, just scared! 

My daughters name is Leigha. 


My son left yesterday also, very hard emotional day. I received my call at 11pm 

hope today is better for you.  I didn't do much around the house Mon or Tues, moped lol that's about it.  so today, cleaning etc :)

hello Jackie and Colette i guess we are on the same page i talked to my son Monday till last call at 11:00 when he got to boot camp and he said he was fine but very short call. i work so when i am there it is OK when i get home that is hard! i think the thing that got me was i know he was going to boot camp then school in Texas but Sunday when i said good bye i realized he would never live at home again he was gone for more time and he would live on his own after all is said and done that was sad for me! i hope your days are getting better they will be fine and grow up a lot but they are our babies lol

thats my bigggest problem right now, he is never coming home.(to live) Everytime I go in his room its just devastating to me. I have 5 children and he is my oldest, I need his room for one of the others but I cant seem deal with all his stuff! I say to myself 100x a day, My baby is gone.. I need to get a grip hahaha


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