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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."


**UPDATE - 2020**

Due to COVID there is no public PIR. The graduations are on Thursday, and the video of the graduation is posted on RTC's FaceBook on Friday at approx 3pm. Please keep in mind that a division may need to complete additional quarantine during training which will delay their graduation.

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 everyone, I am new to the site and so far I have found some great info. My son left for bootcamp just about 2 weeks ago. We miss him so much but he was so eager to get this going so that does make it a little easier. So we are a military family and have some friends that have said that there is such a thing as family day before PIR? My sons PIR date is Jan 5, 2018. Ive already received the paperwork for us to send back the list of guests, etc but no where on there or other sites can i find anything about a family day. If anyone has any info on that I would greatly appreciate it. Thank you in advance!

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No, there is not a "family day" before PIR. The first time you will see your new Sailor is in the Drill Hall on the day of PIR.

There is a Meet and Greet the night before PIR when you can share a fun time with other loved ones of the graduating Sailors.  Sarge's Meet and Greet is from 5 pm to 10 pm at the Lakehurst Event Center (go to to RSVP).

Check your My Page.

The Navy does not have a Family Day the day before Graduation...the Marines do :-).

The first time you will see your new Sailor will be on Graduation day or PIR as it is also referred too.

There is something called a Meet and Greet that is for the friends and family of the graduating sailors to attend the night before PIR. It is not sponsored by the US Navy in any way. The most popular one (and possibly the only one) is the one that is hosted by Old Sarge and his wife. This is a free event (donations are welcomed). Sarge is retired Army and has been serving the military community in the Great Lakes (and more) for many years through his taxi service. He then started hosting a Meet and Greet the night before each PIR. 

For more information you may go to the left side of this page and approximately in the middle you will see the heading "EVENTS", search for your Meet and Greet there. Or you may go to Sarge's MyPage on this sight or to his webpage off-site.

Here is a  link to his MyPage:


The like for his webpage off-site is at the top of his MyPage.

Oh, and I will have the PIR group for January 5th up and running hopefully by tomorrow. I will post a link on Boot Camp Mom's when it is doesn't :-)

Thank you very much Fire Team Leader that will be very helpful.
Hello my name is Melanie our daughter PIR date is Jan 5,2018 also can we send them calling cards and does anyone know if there is restrictions on what calling cards to send them. We her family miss her and are very exited to here from her! My father n law also had served in the Navy , we are very proud of our daughter desition joining the NAVY but do miss her .....

MELNVIV, She is able to purchase a calling card at the NEX. If you choose to send her one, then be sure that it can be used from a pay phone and be sure that it is activated before you send it. See Phone Cards and Phone Calls.

Check your My Page.

Ok got it, thank you everyone for your help!

My sons PIR/Graduation date is Jan 5 also, I have missed him so much. He is the youngest and its been hard. But we are all rooting for him and cant wait to see him!!

tysmom, I left info for you on your My Page.


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