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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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My son left for boot camp 32 days ago, his PIR is April 24th (getting close!!) but I see all these posts and hear all the stories of how their SR's recruiter told them this or told them that, or how wonderful the recruiter is....I do not even know my son's recruiter's name!!!  Never been contacted, never got one piece of information from him. Is that normal???? Could it be my son just wanted to be independent and not get his parents involved? My ex husband got more info than I did because my son lived with him but it was from my son. I had to pry information out of my son. I would have been totally in the blind without this site and I know there has to other mothers and or fathers in the blind that do not know about these sites. Is it part of the recruiter's job to inform loved one's?

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If your son was over the age of 18 when he signed, then yes, it is very normal not to have had any contact with the recruiter. Also, since your son lived with his father, then the recruiter may have contacted him. No, the recruiters have no obligation to the families of future Sailors or Recruits.

The only time a recruiter is required to have contact with parents, and that is only if the future Sailor is under 18 years of age, is at the 72 hour Indoctrination after the future Sailor signed a contract at MEPS and has a ship date. Any contact with a recruiter other than that would normally have to be initiated by the parent and if the future Sailor is over 18, the future Sailor would have to have given the recruiter consent to share information--most recruiters just check to see if the person asking is listed on the future Sailor's or Recruit's page 2.

My son graduated last Friday. He wanted to do everything on his own. He said he was 19 and felt like he was old enough to do it on his own. Believe me, I was not comfortable with it, but I supported him. I was scared he wouldn't asked the right questions or realize what he was deciding to do with his life. It's scary, but I'm super proud of him. Now, he's a Sailor for The U.S. Navy. This group helped me so much. Join all of them that concerns your son. Good luck to you and your son.
My son turned 19 in January and arrived at boot camp Monday. The only time I spoke to his recruiter was by phone when my son was feeling pressured to sign up for a rate he knew nothing about after failing the color vision test for the nuke program, which is what he had thought he'd be signing up for. He was at MEPS and needed our support in making the decision to walk away to "sleep on it" despite intense pressure from his recruiter and, I think, other personnel at MEPS. My son wanted to serve but did want to have some choice in his career path. Other than that incident, my son did everything on his own. It was important to him to feel like he was doing this on his own, so we respected that and just relied on him telling us what he believed we needed to know.

Thank you, yes he's 21 so I guess he just felt "grown up" enough to take care of his self.Which I do believe he is.


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