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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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Hi, I am a Seal wannabe mom. Looking for other moms that are dreading Pre buds and then the big move to California for Buds after graduation.

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I sent my son his lap top and phone to him. It wasnt that expensive and had it in two days. He texted me today and said that him and three of his buddys were out for lunch and somebody paid for it. I thought it was so nice. It wasn't cheap either. Probably some old rich lady who thought our boys looked good in their uniforms. HAHA.
wow that was so nice.!!!!
Very nice. We heard of a family that went to dinner at Flemings (i think that was the steakplace), during PIR and they comped the two sailors dinners, and they aren't cheap! Nice for your son :) i love the support they are getting. I really liked the people in Great Lakes. So very kind. We noticed a difference from California. I hate to say that because I do think us folks on the west coast are friendly, but there was definently a difference. Slower pace too. Kind of drove me crazy, but I eased into it and found that I wouldn't mind that so much. My son loved the weather; although it hasn't snowed yet!
I am worried about my sons computer. I wrapped it up good. Lotsa bubble wrap, but sent it Parcel Post. I insured it, but I remember how they can throw things around. Oh well. We'll see. I sent it Wednesday and they said he should have it by Monday. I can't wait to hear how it arrives.
Anyone know anything at all about internet access for laptops on the base? My son was quoted something like $40 a month for his laptop connection. Too high. Anyone? He does not have a cell that gets internet.
Very scary stuff--thank you for the post. It seems I'm learning new things all of the time.
Hey! I'm still around--just don't have the time to be as active. It's our busiest season at work. I try to check in about once a week. I've been enjoying talking to my son, as I'm sure you all are as well!
We were very happy with S.W. when we came from Cali to PIR. Just have to remember to eat beforehand. I haven't apparently flown in a while and I didn't realize they don't serve meals. They were very generous with the snacks though. It was easy to get in n out and everyone was friendly. I also heard midway is much easier. Great flight attendants.
Argh....I did all the research and put a hold on a great flight, but did my son use the hold? No :( He went with another airline. Silly guy. I must let go...his money, his life.


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