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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. 

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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."

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**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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Hello all, I just wanted to introduce myself as I am a very new Navy mom. My son signed his contract yesterday and took his oath. Its surreal and I tear up quite a bit at random lol.  I am not afraid for him, I am just going to miss him terribly. He has been the man of the house since he was about 13. He has one little sister and grandparents that love him at home. He leaves for boot camp April 26th which sounds far, but I know it will be here in a blink of an eye. 

I am sure I will have questions later, but right now I just needed to share and so thankful for this site. I have been a single mom for 8 years and very soon it will be just me and my little girl waiting for phone calls and updates.  My boy is like a best friend, it feels like we grew up together. wahh ok Imma go cry now. Stay Blessed! 

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My son also left on Dec. 10th and it already feels like an eternity.  I did get to go to take him out for dinner and spend quality time with him the night before he left! I tried not to cry in front of him but I just couldn't hold the tears back.  He told me that he would be OK so that is the thought that I try to keep up front.  I just wish I could hear his voice. That will be a huge relief! Hopefully he will get to call on Christmas day.  Until then I will try to keep myself together.  I am also so glad that I found this site. Just knowing that someone else has gone through this process and survived is very encouraging.


Welcome AlohaBell - you will find out the answer to a ton of questions. It's a bumpy ride, but all the moms on this site are happy to help anytime

My daughter left on Dec. 9th, and it is rough not knowing how she is doing but knowing that she is going to be okay, with lots of prayer on my end I know that she is being taken care and she is in a good place and making great decisions for her future, nothing could make me more proud of her, then seeing her in 2 months at her Graduation in her Uniform knowing that she did it.   And knowing I have been blessed this an amazing Daughter, she is my only child, but I do understand how most of the mom's feel. 

Stay strong for them and for yourself. 

Congratulations!!! And get ready for quite the ride as you prepare for his ship out date call the emotions are going to come out. But hang on and you'll be one proud momma!!! Good luck!!

Thank you! I am on a emotiacoaster thats for sure!

My daughter entered the DEP on December 1st. She's scheduled to leave for boot camp on August 9th.  She will literally graduate high school, turn 18 and leave for the Navy all in the same summer. I already tear up thinking about it. It's been just her and I since she was 9 years old. It's been an emotional roller coaster and I still have a little over 8 months before she's gone. On the one hand I am extremely proud of her and on the other I just want to keep her at home in a bubble safe from harm.

I have discovered this site and am thankful to have others to chat with that are going through the same thing. Best wishes to you and your son. I'm sure you will do great and so will he.

What a blessing to call your son your friend. I feel the same way. I watched my son take the oath on Monday and he's was looking right at me! My baby is a man, Crazy! It's so nice to have the support of other moms as we navigate this amazing, and uncertain journey. Hugs to you!

Welcome AlohaBell!  You are in the right place:-)  Our son is currently in A school to be a machinist mate on a sub and our other son is a Senior and in DEP. He will leave for boot camp in July.  Best advice I was given from other military moms... Don't Miss em while you're with 'em!  Make as many new memories as you can and ENJOY your son.  It's ok to cry and feel lost-- believe me.. we all have been there at one time or another.  The hardest part for me was the first 3 weeks of boot camp when you have NO COMMUNICATION with your seaman recruit.  Once you receive the "BOX" and letter with your recruit's anticipated PIR ( Pass In Review/Graduation) date, it gets better. PROMISE!

The recruits depend on LETTERS from family and friends to help them get through bootcamp. Our son has told us many times that the letters of encouragement were HUGE. So be prepared to write....:-)

Never be afraid to ask questions on this site or any of the groups if you decide to join. The support here is PHENONMENONAL. The admins are super!!  From A relatively "new" Navy mom... hang in there... do what you have to do to get through the days and know that we all are here for you.

Oh, and Thank your son from our family for his decision to serve our country. What a humble and awesome thing to do! I know you, your daughter and grandparents are PROUD. As you should be!

PIR is one of the most moving and patriotic events that I have ever witnessed. Heart stopping and amazing...all at once!  I get goosebumps thinking about it!  And we get to go through it again next Fall!.

Sorry for the rambling... just wanted to chime in and welcome you.  The people here are amazing!

My son leaves Feb. 9! He signed up in June and it is getting very close! The time really does fly! I am very excited for him but I will also miss him so much! My younger son is 15 and he will still be home but it wont be the same.

To all of you new Navy Moms, you have found the best source of support anywhere. No one knows what it is like to send a kid off to boot camp like we do, because we are going through it. This is my third time going through this...First my oldest son left for the Marine corps and is still active duty...then my youngest son went through Navy boot camp and is now out of A school and is active duty. Now, my baby girl, my sweet 17 year old baby girl is in Navy boot camp where she has spent Thanksgiving, will spend Christmas and her 18th birthday before she graduates on January 22nd. I have been through this before, twice, and I am still just as emotional, I still cry at the drop of a hat, and I still need the support of all of you, just as much as if it was my first time. I even tried to pull a trump card, saying there must be a law that says the military can't have all 3 of my kids...I mean some Saving Private Ryan law or something....But this is the path they have chosen, and I support them completely. I am unbelievably proud of all my kids. You must be very proud of your sons and daughters too!!!! Don't ever worry about being emotional, but always, always let them know how much you believe in them and how proud you are of them. It will give them strength!!! Us Moms are more important to our kids than we can imagine.

oops, my Navy son is out of C school now, and is active duty. All the letters and short hand can get confusing lol. A school was in Pensacola. C School was in Jacksonville. I knew that...just didn't say it right lol

My son just had his PIR last Friday, December 11th-- I returned from Great Lakes last Monday, and surprisingly, and luckily, my Sailor got Christmas leave and is home for 2 weeks before heading back to Great Lakes for A School.

When he left October 11 for RTC, it was very difficult, and I admit I didn't handle it well, at all.  Yes, the first three weeks were very difficult. You don't know what is happening and you have no communication. I believe I cried myself to sleep every night and was a walking zombie.  Each day got just a bit easier.  Then I got his first form letter (with a special little note written on it), followed by THE BOX (which smelled like him) and then finally, real letters and phone calls.  Then it became much easier. After that, I really looked forward to reading his letters. They were thoughtful, sweet and made me smile. Of course the phone calls really help. They were only a few, and quick, but it was great to hear his voice.  But all and all, the weeks flew by after those first 2-3. 

The PIR was a great event and getting to see your Sailor is amazing. I was so nervous, but when I came down the stairs, he broke into such a huge smile, it make it all worthwhile.  He is now a man. The same boy I raised, but a man. My greatest gift was his unexpected Christmas leave. Seeing him put ornaments on the tree will be a memory I cherish forever. 

All the moms out there, it is ok to cry. I still cry.


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