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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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Why are my messages not appearing? I simply stated that I am a nervous wreck with my son gone to bootcamp with the first couple of weeks being in quarantine. It’s like I can’t even say that I wish he hadn’t joined because of all that is taking place currently. Why?

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Hi TV,

We are glad that you are here. I am not sure why your messages aren't showing up. If you are on your phone it's hard to see the comments on here. Using your desktop or laptop is much better. If it's still not working try logging completly out and then log back in. Let's see if that works.

I will post some links for you to read over that will help you. The first couple of weeks of no communication are hard but we are here for you. Keep your phone on you at all times and that ringer on loud so you don't miss any calls. Big hugs to you, it will get a little easier. Start writing your letters now so when you do get your form letter you can mail those letters off right away!!

When did he leave? have you heard from him yet?


For those of you who have USPS Informed Delivery,  I received an email today that they are discontinuing the App as of 6/12/2021 and you have to download the USPS Informed Delivery Mobile App to your phone.  I just did it and the process is pretty simple.

First Things First-- The Quarantine Edition

TV, hang in there, it gets better. Calls may or may not come, no news is good news!! Really!! My sailor graduated from BC in June. He left in March and I haven't seen him yet. Quarantine worked out to be good for my sailor, got him acclimated to being away from home before the REAL stuff started. Keep looking for that form letter,  start writing letters and keep your ringer on loud. I believe I got a total of 3 calls during BC, one of those was the "I'm a sailor" call. Sending hugs and  prayers for you! 

I know how you feel 

TV - I posted a note on your profile page in the comment area there. But I wanted to say hi here also. I concur with Partyofseven on checking this site on a computer. 

Also, you posted this question in the General Discussion area. Did you post your other statement in the BC Mom group? There is nothing wrong with you venting and sharing your feelings. As far as comments being approved, I don't think there is a "waiting" period. So if you see something not post that you typed in, just try to post it again. And refresh your device as well.

If there is something that you post that is a concern due to dates or specifics being shared that should not, you will likely be contacted by a site admin privately or they will just XX out those dates in your post but otherwise, it is rare for us to delete any post and only you or a site admin can delete a post on the open forums. Any place you see a blue x in the upper right of a comment, you have the privilege to delete. Including comments posted by others on your My Page. 

The emotions you are feeling are real and we suggest starting to write letters, just telling your SR about things you are doing and stuff going on at home, they still want to read about those things but keep the news positive and upbeat - Write your fears and frustrations in another journal that you can either shred, burn or destroy later if you wish. 

Release those feelings that you have in a safe manner, even punching a pillow - but don't share them with your SR. And also stay busy. Find a new project, yard work, go for walks, things to occupy your time. 

BNMHs (Big Navy Mom Hugs!) 

Hi Jessica - this site is not the most "user friendly" and if you post in the General Discussion - which is where this is, it doesn't show up on the main page.  If someone comments on your post it will show up on the left hand side of the main page under "latest activity" but even that only shows up sometimes and then it eventually goes away.  Again, it's the NING site that runs this website and there is nothing that us as admins can do about it.  It's an antiquated system that is being used.

Your best bet is to post in a direct group - more people will tend to see your post and respond.


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