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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 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).  

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 6/23/2022 - MASK MANDATE IS LIFTED -  Vaccinations still 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 Everyone!

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didn't see it I sent you one not sure were i would find your request

Let me know if they get the cookies!  I was told NOT to send stuff like that!  I can't wait to hear if your son and my son are friends!  When my son called it was the same thing - I didn't realize that no one says their first name.

Hi Imv322 - sent you a friend request today. not sure if you saw it. Have you gotten any letters this week? I received 3 from one of my sons.

Can you do that?  Send Cookies to the RDC?  HA!!

Can someone please give me the #for the navy lodge, it sounds like its reasonable to stay there. Thanks

Navy Lodge # : 847-689-1485 :)

thanks i talked to some ladies in the chat room this morning they said Gateway is nice and not bad getting to pir


Hi Everyone, I'm so happy I just booked our room at Navy Gateway. $55 and it's on the base.They still have rooms. They are in the brochure

Is the Navy Gatewy and the Navy Lodge the same place?

The Navy Gateway Inn is on the Main Base about a mile north up the road from RTC. You must have military ID to stay there or have a sponsor who does have muilitary ID. If you don't have military ID you will also need your Sponsor to move around the base freely I I would double check that if you wish to stay there and that is an issue.

The Navy Lodge is not located on either of the bases. It is about a mile west of RTC in the Housing area. You do not have to have ID to stay there...they will ask you for your Sailors rate and may also use your own military ID if you have it.

I stayed at the Navy Lodge and enjoyed it. It was clean and quiet. No pool etc...but we weren't in the Hotel much...Sailor wanted to go out!

Hi Proudmomof 2- gateway and navy lodge are two different hotels :)

Thanks. I was just wondering. :)


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