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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 19 yr old daughter just left for boot camp on Tuesday and I was fine until that last phone call....  Hearing the tired tone in her voice and knowing what was ahead of her- it just broke my heart.   She stated that I wouldn't hear from her for at least three weeks.  Wow, I thought it was only two weeks!  I would love any suggestions for getting through these next few weeks of no contact.  I thought I of starting a journal so I would remember things I wanted to write or say to her (about funny things that happened, etc).  But every time I think of her or see her picture, I get emotional.  I am so proud of her but miss my girl!  I am very happy to have found this group.  :)

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HI Caroline-  That would be great if the girls have met! :)   I love the tip about making a question sheet.. what a great way to find out things and a fun way for her to do it.   I love it!!!!!!  Thanks for sharing :)

yes you are exactly right... it does feel final and it's just a reality that there won't be any more contact for a few weeks..  BUT stay strong!  I held on to waiting for the package, and now holding on to getting the form letter so we can write her, and next will be holding on to the first phone call.  Try to look ahead only to the next part not all the way to graduation.. it will drive you crazy to look at 8 weeks as a whole.   Trust me I am still struggling but I keep remembering what everyone keep saying "No news is good news"...   And another thing I have learned that helps... start writing now and everyday- daily stuff going on there as if your child was there ;)  

There are also a link to the DEP site that offers a day by day description of what happens in BC.(   I used to read it over and over and try to follow along with where he was. Made me feel a little more connected. Also participating on here with other moms really helped so keep up your networking :)

Just keep in mind that the day-by-day schedule at is the account of one female Recruit posted 6 years ago. Useful but not gospel. YMMV.

tori's will be fine. my son was 19 when he went ..i was heart broken but also very very proud of him. i started writing letters the day he left and as soon as i got form letter i mailed them. number and date them..sometimes the days in boot camp all seen the same son said he made his own calendar to mark off the days.  Be proud of her and tell her in your letters we are all proud of her choice to serve our country! i sent cartoons from the newspaper and he shared with his bunk mates. Stay positive in your letters and count down the Friday's till graduation. PIR is amazing proudest day ever. if you can go i would recommend it.  n4moms is the place to be...great group here we will help you along your journey.  good luck to your daughter. 

thanks allie1928- I am doing much better. Got the form letter and now setting up plans for going to PIR.  I am so proud of her and love her passion to do what she loves!   and have a handful of letters ready to go.  I have been finding fun cartoons to send and pictures for her to have.  And yes n4moms is definitely the place to be.. it feels like a family :)  


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