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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.

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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 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).  Still limited to 2 guests maximum.

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 7/16/2021**




**UPDATE - 2020**

Due to COVID there is no public PIR. The graduations are on Thursday, and the video of the graduation is posted on RTC's FaceBook on Friday at approx 3pm. Please keep in mind that a division may need to complete additional quarantine during training which will delay their graduation.

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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Yesterday, I dropped my daughter off at the recruiters office. The whole family was there.  We saw her picture posted on the wall along with other recruits.  I made a strong effort not to cry in front of her. I did have dinner with her at the Hotel and spent a few hours with her.  I needed to make sure that she was okay.  She was actually excited and happy with her decision. She is going in as a E3 and in 6month can move up to a E4, thanks to her BS degree.    I have to say that I did good. Our time together and the talk we had during dinner kind of eased my worry a bit.  I actually did a lot of research on this page, which turns out to be a blessing in so many ways.  For this I am very thankful.

On the way home while I was driving I did start to cry. I got home and cried some more.  The family is having a hard time with her leaving. I know in my heart that she will be okay and is strong enough to get through bootcamp and A school.  She actually told me that she is looking at bootcamp as a personal trainer.  I think the hardest part for her was cutting her long hair, which I cut.  Now I am just waiting for the call..  I want to thank everyone here for their support.  

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Hello Emma,

She is going in as a E3 -steam engineer.  Yes, I should get the call by 12 midnight.  

You are correct I just could not remember the name. She is actually a GSM - gas system turbine technician.  

Thanks for sharing this information.  I will join the site above. 

Darn! I was hoping you were going to say she will pilot the Navy paddleboat. I already had visions of her crying out, "MARK TWAIN!".

LOL.. thanks

Thanks, but I am a be realistic. 

Watch for the 847 area code from Great Lakes, and remember it's the shortest phone call you'll ever answer.

I did get the call last night at 2:00am.  Now I am waiting for the box with the note and would hear from her for another 3 weeks.  

Start writing letters now!!! Once you have her address, type up some mailing labels with her address and hand out to her friends and relatives.  Number the letters you mail her so she will know which to open first. Buy any kind of cute card - I sent a "welcome to your new Home", send thinking of you/encouragement.  I used to buy the 2/$1. or $1. , then splurge ever once in a while on a Hallmark card.  There are even some cute cards for kids.  I used to send a card each morning on my way to work with just a few lines written in it, then write a letter at lunch and mail it on my one home from lunch. Your cards will be there life line for eight weeks.  I also sent some of the stick on labels with my home address, so my son would not have to address the envelope, he could just stick it on.  She sounds like she has a good attitude. If anyway possible, please plan on going to the PIR (graduation).  It's awesome!!


Thank you for the tips.  I already have over 30 cards from family and friends to mail.  I also do plan on going to the  graduation and spending a few extra days in Chicago.  I already have my vacation days approved.  I can't wait to see her and just hug her.  

Guess someone should warn you, don't send any cards that play music. She won't be appreciating that.

Thanks for the tip.  The cards are plain.  


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