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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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Im near Chicago, IL do you know a date for the graduation?  Our son just informed up that he has to be at the recuiters office on Monday oh my goodness, what is your sons name, how old is he?  My son is Brandon he is 19, he is going to be a Corpsman with a Marine unit what about your son what position will he be? Are you freaking out at all?


Regis is 18, Engineer/Firefighter

I'm excited because I know this is the beginning of a new in his life.  However, I'm sad as I know it may face a few hard days and nights.  He's very excited and I am too.  I just want this bootcamp to be over with!  I've been cooking dinner everyday and I plan on taking him to breakfast on 31st.  He knows I love him but I guess I just need to go the extra mile in showing him and telling him.

Damage Control - he says it's Fire Fighter and Engineer.

We are from Western Maryland. He will be flying out of Balitmore.  No nerves here yet.  I'm excited for him to begin his journey.

my son leaves for on Wed we had his party last night and his last sunday in church this morning. Wow it is really going to be different , so excited for him

We are doing the same, daughters party today, all 5 of my kids here too!! We are excited for her, and she will be missed terribly. Good luck!!


My son left on Feb 1 and I'm near Memphis.

tora    join this group   here you'll connect with other January DEPers and get info

thank you jessicab

my son is leaving 31st  and leaving from meps on the 1st.... He is my only kid and so very going to miss him but excited for him all the same...He is leaving from Indianapolis.....


mrs. hampton  join this group   here you'll connect with other January DEPers and get info - I just received this tonight and it is very touching to know we are not alone on all these emontions...hugs tora

thanks ladies!  I'm waiting for that call to let me know he made it.  I'm going to check out this link now!


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