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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 on Monday the 9th and I received his box just a few minutes ago. So far everything has happened exactly how this site has explained it. I can't believe how excited I am to receive the box even though it's just his clothes and cell phone. So excited for my baby boy. Can't wait to get the form letter! I am constantly thinking about him and wondering what it is he is doing right at that moment. Boy do I miss him!

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My son also left 11/9, and I got my box on 11/12 too!! Can't wait for the letter!! And one from him too:)

waiting is so hard...

Hi, I got my son box today, he left 11/10 -  but last week was Veterans Day... did you get your letter yet?

My son left on the 10th. Hus box came today, but I wasn't home. Going to pick it up tomorrow fron Fed Ex

My daughter left on the 10th as well and we received her box on the 13th but we were not home so I had to go get it the next day.  I was told it would take 2 weeks for the letter to come but it looks like some are getting them earlier.  I hope to get mine soon because we didnt receive a phone call the night they arrived.  :(

Hi moms! My boy is there with your boys as well. Received his box today (Friday)

Still waiting on my box :(  Are you fairly close to Chicago?

No box today, either :(  But we live in a rural area, so the fed-ex stuff is usually turned over to the post office for delivery.  I would imagine that ads a day, but if there is a signature requirement, it usually isn't turned over.  Sigh...never thought I would be so eager to receive dirty laundry in the mail.

I am in Atlanta GA area, surprised I got the box so quickly

We are just outside of St Louis MO, so not too far.

My son arrived at GL on 11/10 and I received "The Box" on 11/13 via FedEx.  We're in Minnesota.

Did anyone get their letter today? I don't get home until later, and I'm antsy wondering if mine is in the mailbox!


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