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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 8/25/2022 - 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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Hello! So, I went to PIR last year and was pretty much in the dark and figured most things out on my own or from this website. So I wrote a blog called PIR For Dummies about my PIR experience and just a lot of helpful tips like where to stay, what to do, what to wear. I also wrote another whole blog about what to wear. I just wanted to share it with this group so maybe someone will find it useful. After all thats why I wrote it! To help others!

PIR for Dummies

What to wear to PIR

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No problem!

Hi Eva! My boyfriend's PIR is soon and me and his family are trying to book our trip to his graduation. I read your PIR of dummies and it said if the recruit is staying in Great Lakes for A school, then they get the entire weekend to see us? that's 100% for sure? He hasn't been told anything and the RTC website isn't the most helpful.

From what my husband told me, and from our experience last year, as long as they're staying in great lakes and they don't get in trouble for anything they can spend the entire weekend with you. They just have to be back on base, in their ship ,every night by a certain time.

After graduation we met up with him said hi and then he had to meet at a certain place at a certain time and they moved him to his ship on the school side. After a couple hours we were able to pick him up for dinner and then took him back that night. We picked him up the following Saturday and Sunday around 7am and he had to be back around...7ish.... (not positive on the times) but we had pretty much all day and early evening with us.

But things can always change so nothing is 100% until your boyfriend confirms it. 

Thank you Eva!  Congrats to you and your Sailor/husband!

I like the options you showed. Wish I were about 15 years younger! lol

Well, Navywife, my son graduates that day too.  What ship is he on?

Hi, Can you tell me some info about the meet and greet?  Is there one the night before graduation?  Thank you!


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