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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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So thankful I found this site.  My son leaves in two weeks for boot camp, I was up night before last until 3am, couldn't sleep, really close to a full blown panic attack.  After reading so many mom's on here feeling the same way as I do was a great comfort.  I want to stay strong and happy and excited for my son.  He is so excited to begin his journey and has worked for the past year on achieving his dreams.  

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You are right where I was a year ago with my son.  I did find that the anticipation of him was almost worse than him being gone.  Deep breath.  Try to spend as much quality time with him as you can before he leaves and don't let the countdown to boot camp overwhelm the time you get before he goes. As best you can, try to show him the confidence you have in him and help him prepare.  It's a new normal for the whole family and having support is huge for them.  Boot camp seems like a long time but it really does fly by faster than you can imagine. Stay informed and join your PIR group as it becomes available and that is a huge lifeline during that time.  You will make great friends and get valuable information.  Hang in there!

Thank you so much.  There is so much to learn.  Going to look up PIR group.  Thanks.

I'm right behind you, my son leaves on 7/29 and I find myself crying as I prepare for him to swear in and leave. Then I come to this site and read these wonderful stories. It helps comfort me.

Thank you for your comment.  I have good moments and bad.  We are having my son a huge party just days before he leaves, it has been a wonderful thing because I am staying so busy.  I know it's going to be ok, this is all my son wants to do.  I think it's all the un-knowns that gets me upset.  Not knowing how much I will see him, things like that. 


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