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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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Son Leaving for Boot Camp July 19th, 2011...Anyone Else??/

My son is leaving for Great Lakes on July 19th. Sure would like to hear from someone else that has this dreaded long waiting period!

He is curerntly trying to get into SEALS training. Passed everything this last time EXCEPT for the swimming portion of the test. We are located in PA so thought it would be helpful to my son to meet new people going in July besdies himself.'s probably more for my benefit :) lol

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Thank you for the info!

Cody is scheduled to ship out July 19th, 2011. He is to keep trying to pass his swim test until that time. It's hard as we don't have a pool around here for him to practice. How did you get a swimming coach? Is that something the Navy offered to your son? Congrats to him by the way :)

GREAT inifo :) Thank you!!!!


My son leaves tomorrow July 12,2011 for boot camp.  My other son is already in the Navy over in Japan and he loves it.  After tomorrow I won't have any kids at home.  It will just be me my husband and our dog and cat.  Life will be different around here.
I understand exactly how you feel. My son leaves July 12th also and it's just me, hubby and the cat. He is going to be a culinary specialist and is looking forward to it.
Click on this group New Moms Stop Here (everyone welcome - not just for moms). Click on the reference topics listed on the right just under the member icons. You'll see a Survival Guide, sample of your form letter, acronyms, pearls of wisdom for your letters, link to the RTC. These pages will always be there for you to refer back to when you forget.
Hi Cody's Mom, My daughter leaves for Chicago the same day. We are from Texas. I have a son who is also in the Navy..He is a Corpsman. And he absolutely loves being in the Navy.

My daughter Rachel leaves on July 20th for Great Lakes boot camp.  We live in the Kansas City area. 


My son is leaving on July 20th. We only live 1hr from Great Lakes so he will be driven there.

It has been a long anticipated event. We are having some extreme HEAT this week, hope it cools down a little for them.


Good luck to you, I know there will be a lot of crying from me.

My son flys out tomorrow for boot camp.  We dropped him off an hour ago at the recruiters office.  Lots of mixed emotions. 


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