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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 3/07/2022**

Mask Mandate has been lifted but you are still required to be vaccinated.


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 ! I am new to this group and have been reading all the great info on here thank you . I hope i post this correct lol Well we are 10 days away till my daughter leaves and i am starting to get a bit anxious  !! Does any one know how long it takes after she leaves that we will know her graduation date ? or if i can figure a rough estimate of the date for work, her recruiter was not sure because she leaves on Tuesday Jan 5th and did not know if they would count it as a full week or not..any info would be fantastic =) and Thank you.

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Hi Lemonelephant, 

I'm Shel and my son actually left the same day 1/5/16 for basic.  Would it be possible for you too leave the same information on my page also?  I am sooo non techie...still trying to learn how to navigate site, just joined yesterday.

Thank you soooo much.

thank you for the info , I thought it was 9 Fridays from first day maybe 10  that would be march 4th or the 11th so i was way off lol 

Thank you , i appreciate you explaining that to me  that makes since !

Thank you for this information. My son left on the 5th as well and his wife and I are waiting for his letter so we can make plans

Thank you because I was also thinking March 11th. My son left on 1/5/16 and while it's early for the box, letters, etc., the waiting part is tough. Thank you for this site as it has helped me to know that this is normal. Thanks again.
We received the box today so, hopefully, the form letter is not too far behind. but I was wondering why his writing tablet, stamps an envelopes were also sent back. we were told to send these items with him so was wondering if we misunderstood. No biggie, just curious. Thank you

Beth, yes, he could have kept the writing materials. He chose to send them back rather than attempt to put them in his "Valuables" Sock. We usually suggest sending stamps and you can send those back to him when you get his address in The Form Letter. He will get stationery at the RTC and can buy stamps at the NEX. See Letter Writing & Fun Stuff/Questionnaires to send to your Recruit.

Check your My Page.

I didn't know that we could send stamps, his recruit told me they provide stamps

Denise, Your recruit can purchase stamps at the NEX. See Letter Writing & Fun Stuff/Questionnaires to send to your Recruit.

I left info for you on your My Page.

you were right! i just go the letter and it is the 26th 

My daughter is leaving on the 12th too. Hope you are enjoying as much time as possible with him. I know I am with my daughter!

Hi All ,

With my son leaving onJanuary 6th , i am hoping to plan for February 2/26 as well. Thank you for this forum it has been truly helpful 


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