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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 6/23/2022 - MASK MANDATE IS LIFTED -  Vaccinations still 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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Navy Speak

Click here to learn common Navy terms and acronyms!  (Hint:  When you can speak an entire sentence using only acronyms and one verb, you're truly a Navy mom.)

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Visite esta página para explorar en su idioma las oportunidades de educación y carreras para sus hijos en el Navy.



DonnaCatLover's Discussions (32)

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"Such conflicting emotions, right? I think I miss him more than he misses me but that…"

DonnaCatLover replied Jul 29, 2020 to Any moms with sons arrival in Chicago 7/14?

29 Sep 6, 2020
Reply by 4korcan

"You’ve already gotten some great advice but every time I read a post like yours, I a…"

DonnaCatLover replied Jul 28, 2020 to Any moms with sons arrival in Chicago 7/14?

29 Sep 6, 2020
Reply by 4korcan

"Unbelievable - they go back to age 7?"

DonnaCatLover replied Nov 15, 2019 to Wild ride

5 Aug 13, 2020
Reply by B'sNukeMoM⚓️MMN

"Wow, I’m jealous that you got calls every other weekend! I got the initial “I’m here…"

DonnaCatLover replied Oct 6, 2019 to Communication before PIR week

8 Oct 7, 2019
Reply by lemonelephant

"The “box” was definitely the hardest for me. It was like they had handed me all that…"

DonnaCatLover replied Aug 19, 2019 to Received Box

3 Aug 20, 2019
Reply by FlowergrowerNavymom

"Hang in there! Boot camp is the toughest part of not being able to communicate as us…"

DonnaCatLover replied Jul 22, 2019 to Ship 14 division 329

2 Jul 22, 2019
Reply by DonnaCatLover

"I so remember that! I would go to Costco and pass the stuff he liked and think “Oh,…"

DonnaCatLover replied Jun 27, 2019 to Struggling today:

19 Jul 1, 2019
Reply by Kyles Mom

"Hi ladies, I just wanted to add some thoughts from a Navy mom whose son went through…"

DonnaCatLover replied Jun 27, 2019 to Struggling today:

19 Jul 1, 2019
Reply by Kyles Mom

"It’s a bummer to miss their call :(. Typically they are allowed to call when they ge…"

DonnaCatLover replied Oct 22, 2018 to Missed call

5 Oct 22, 2018
Reply by DonnaCatLover

"So very normal feelings mama. My son (and only child) and I shared the same sense of…"

DonnaCatLover replied Sep 13, 2018 to Happy, sad, proud, miserable

30 Sep 18, 2018
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