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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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Im hoping to find other moms out here that have a son/daughter going to boot camp at the same time.  It is only 1 week away I have so many emotions, hoping Im not alone.  Not sure how Im going to handle my life without my son at home.  Oh my goodness trying so hard to be strong but it is not easy.


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My son is leaving today. We are at MEPS right now waiting to swear in. 

My son leaves the 31st for MEPS and flies out Feb 1.  We are working on the final home cooked meals before he leaves.  So far so good at our end.  He's quite excited to go. ;-).  Good Luck

that sounds good.  I'm doing the same.  My son and your son leave at the same time.  I say a prayer for you guys.

@ samsmom..My daughter will be doing the same, we are in Dallas. Party On sunday, she is having mixed emotions , shes big on family and tradition.


We are in Maryland .  Had a party on the 14th and the family will be getting together for breakfast this Sunday. He's trying to squeeze everyone in before he leaves.  But he's totally stoked to go!  Good Luck with the party! 

My daughter will be sworn in and leave for Great Lakes Monday, 1/30.  She is my youngest, and I dread how empty the house will seem without her! : ( That is me being selfish, but can't help it right now!


SunshineSailor join this group for info and to connect with other Jan DEPers

I know exactly how you feel.  My youngest just left for boot camp yesterday.  I am a single, empty nester.  After boot camp, he will go directly to a ship and his first choice is Japan. NOOOOOO.  I want him in Norfolk, VA which is 1 1/2 from me.  And like you said, that is me being selfish but I can't help it!

My Son also left for GL on Monday, 1/30.  He is also my youngest.  Have you recieved her box, I did get his box with his belongings and recruitment paper work, but I have not recieved his form letter or a letter from him yet.  How are you doing its been too long since I heard from him.  I'm worried.

Good morning all,

Frances11  (clickable link)  from the San Francisco Bay Area group has a son who will be leaving for BC on Feb 1. Click on her link and send her a message. I'll message her and let her know that you guys are here.

Please take some time and review the information in the following guide. It will provide you with videos, power point presentation, diagram, tips, explanations. Most importantly links to discussions or groups that will be your support system in the coming 2 months.

Survival Guide for Navy For Moms Newbies

My son leaves February 1, 2012.  I guess you and I both will be at the graduation together.  I'm near Memphis, TN....and you?



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