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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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Woo hoo! I got a copy of the PIR letter!

My son graduates on November 1, 2019!!

I immediately placed a letter in the mail to him, I hope to write at least 3 times a week. I am now waiting for a phone call or a return letter. :)

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Sailormom01 did you see the News I just posted there will be 4 tickets instead of 3 please take a look at boot camp moms.

Attention friends and families of recruits in Training Group 52, scheduled to graduate November 1: It has come to our attention that form letters with the security access list allowing only three guests were inadvertently mailed home. The recruits are in fact allowed to have four guests for graduation and they will be afforded the opportunity to contact their family and friends regarding this matter.

Please follow the below link to obtain a copy of the security access form for four guests:…

No, I am just seeing this. I just sent him a letter, but will send another of this notification and the 4th person he can choose if he wishes.

Thanks for letting me know!

You are so welcome, Glad you have an address to send letters. don't know if you have heard about the apps that are available the Moms seem to like them. Here they are.

USPS Informed Delivery - Sign up and receive an email from the US Postal Service showing what mail you will be getting each day (if available in your area).  

Informed Delivery®


@sailormom01 when did he arrive at RTC?

I just received my first letter this morning. My security access form only has 3 spots for guests. How do I check which training group he is in to determine if this was an error?

Hi there on his form it should state the date of his PIR, as we know right now only Nov.1 had a mistake they are allowed 4 instead of 3. I post the PIR's on Boot camp Moms, Please come join. Mrs. Ellen is getting more PIR groups together and it will list how many tickets will be given. if it is a Larger group only 3 if it is a smaller group then 4 tickets.

His grad date is nov. 1st so I’m assuming he is included in this group that had the mistake. I am so new to this site and not navigating very well. How do I get to bootcamp moms? Thanks for helping this emotionally drained mom. Lol

HiKerri - I left the link to the boot camp moms group in the welcome message on your page, but here it is again! (Click on the link)

Join this group for boot camp moms.

Don't stress you will be fine, we all will help navigate.

Did you send your first letter in the same envelope along with the security access form? I’m getting ready to sit down and write my first letter. I wanna do everything just right.

No, separately. I included a self addressed stamped envelope along with the letter, young men...sheesh, gotta lead that horse to water....
My son’s PIR is also 11/1. I used SANDBOXX app instead of writing a letter. It takes only 2-3 days to get there instead of 2-3 weeks. It is not free though. I try to send my son letters weekly basis to encourage him. I cannot wait to see him on 11/1. Did you get hotel yet?


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