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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 so excited. :)
This is the best snowball ever! I’ve been so curious…how did you find out about our community? Some moms have told me about the site… Is that were you found us... or was it through another source? Thank you!

UPDATE 4/20/2008: Hi Everyone! I brought this forward because I really want to know! :) How did you find out about us?!

UPDATE: 2/17/2010: Hello N4M's. We are interested in where all of our members founds us! Stop by and leave a message.

Thank you for making this community what it is today!

Elizabeth and Colleen

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For now anyway right Catherine? I haven't tried pushing any of your buttons yet. :)

CPL Borton USMC (Ret.)
hmmmm I was thinking they are marine drill sargents, So welcome Christopher look forward to your imput. Anybody that serves our country is okay in my book!!
Clicked on the link on the RTC website
i typed in naval base for bootcamp
i knew he was going to chicago but i didnt kno the name of the base
so great lakes popped up
i would come to the website more than 2 times a day then one day i saw a link on the side that said navy for moms and it was like join ... members and im like ok
and i saw that ppl on here was talkin about some interesting things
i thought i was just very emotional but i saw their were women on here who felt the same way and who miss their sailor
so now that im 3 weeks in and im kinda ok im still sad but i try to help women on here who are jus going thru this recently and seeing if anything that i say will make their day cuz alot of women on here made mine

but im loving this website i even wrote my boyfriend and told him about it
I sometimes put clip art in my letters to my son. He graduated in February 2008. I was looking for a picture of the capping ceremony to talk to him about it. Therefore, I went back to the RTC website, because I remembered a picture on there. Boy was I surprised to see this site. I have spent HOURS on it since then. Not really to get graduation information - mine already did PIR but I just feel somewhat connected to him through this site. Could you tell me when you started this site - just curious?
We started on Feb. 6th of this year. :)
Hello to all!
I am a new member, my son is currently in his A school in Groton Conn. and will be graduating from there in July. I saw an ad for this site on the TV. I immediately went to the computer and there you were. This has been wonderful for me and I look forward to using this site throughout my sons naval career.
Barb K.
my sons navy recriter told our family about the sight the evening he stopped by to take Justin off to the hotel stay before BC. I was thrilled to be able to find out sooooo much about the navy, BC and other ppls' expierences. This has been a great network. I am in here daily...always finding new info. Google navy boot camp' and check out some "for REAL" videos on what those recruits go was a real "eye-opener! Thanks everyone, LInda div161 ship 7 mom
My mom got me into this site. And she got into from my recruiter. Started as a big joke because she asked him where her plaque was for putting 3 Nukes in the navy, then she was asked to talk to people about it for the news, then it all snowballed into this!
That and I was brought down to Boston for a breakfast with everyone from the site and got to meet everyone so I figured I would join up to keep in touch with everyone :)
I found out about this site from my husband, who is in the Navy. He received an email promoting this website from a Navy Force counselor.
RTC Great Lakes website. I was trying to find information on what they were doing and when and clicked on a link that got me here. This was way better!


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