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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 baby boy leaves in  4 days (nov. 12th) I am keeping busy having his farewell dinner satuday for family and friends so I have been cooking a lot trying so hard to keep it together! I just know when I leave him at meps Tuesday I will be a mess! They do not let us take him to dinner the night before so when he is picked up Monday I will not see him til Tuesday morning at 9 and then only til noon or 1 when he leaves for the airport..apparently they stopped letting people take them to dinner the night before because too many of them were going out and getting drunk...sad that it has to make the ones who would listen and just go out to be with family suffer for it too....I also fractured my foot 2 days ago so doing all this in walking boot but  I don't care I am doing this myself for my baby boy I don't want anyones help I want him to see I am doing it for him! I am trying hard to hold it together I don't want him a boot camp worrying about me I want him to go and start this new part of his life without the worries of anyone else!!


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Great attitude momma! You will be able to keep it together till he leaves because your right he will have enough to worry about without worrying if mom is going to be ok.

thanks I did break down yesterday but he hugged me and said "its time mom i stayed 21 years" I know but I can't help missing him and he  just left for hotel 30 min. ago

My son left today as well. Keeping them all in my prayers. <3
Our son arrived at RTC on 11/6. This will be our second time through this. I strongly suggest joining Facebook group titled Navy 101 and then the group that corresponds to his PIR date once you get the form letter. This was a god send the first time around. great info and people to share the ups and downs of the journey with.


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