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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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My husband dropped off our Son at the recruiters yesterday at 2pm. Just waiting for the first call. Also wanted to put this out there. We live 30 mins from Great Lakes. IF your young adults need a place to go during Holidays or just for the weekend we are more than happy to host. We want to be able to give back as much as we possibly can. Super excited we are almost Navy parents :) Our son said its bad luck until he officially graduates to say it.

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Sushicat242000-- Welcome!  You will find a ton of information in the main page of the Boot Camp Moms.  It sounds like you are ready to go!!

Sushicat242000  Welcome to Navy Moms, This is so Wonderful of you to do. I live in Phoenix, AZ and my Son stayed in GL for A school. When Thanksgiving was coming around I was really worried, His Favorite time. Worried that he would be alone. He did get Adopted for Thanksgiving and it was such a Wonderful feeling that he was able to share this Holiday with a Family. He even offered to say Grace, He's a good kid. So Thank You, If you would like to Adopt a Sailor who's Family couldn't make it to PIR your Son can find out and set it up for you to also have that Sailor on PIR Day.

Generally how long is it between the time he leaves for Boot Camp until the first call? He left yesterday at 2pm and like I said its only 30 mins to Great Lakes for us

He just called. I was a little nervous. It felt like forever.

I'm sure the minutes feel like hours...or days!  How nice that you are so close to Great Lakes.  My son leaves 7/9 so we still have a little family time left but I'm definitely starting to have emotional moments and nervous moments.

WaterLily  **It is very important that your future Sailor be physically fit prior to shipping to the RTC (these are new standards beginning 1/1/2018) and that he be able to pass an initial run test. See Navy Sets New Physical Fitness Standard to Start Boot Camp. "The initial run standard is evaluated on the 1.5 mile run of the first Physical Fitness Assessment (PFA) at boot camp. The initial run standard for male recruits will be 16 minutes 10 seconds and 18 minutes seven seconds for female recruits."

Thank you B'sNukeMom.  Yes, we're very aware of those standards.  My son has dropped over 30 lbs (from his football season weight) and is running & working out daily.  I'm so proud of how hard he's working.

That's great!  Sounds like he's ready to go ;-D


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