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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 mini-documentary series "Making a Sailor": These six videos follow 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. 

Making a Sailor: Episode 1 - "Get on the Bus"

Making a Sailor: Episode 2 - "What did I get myself into?"

Making a Sailor: Episode 3 - "Processing Days"

Making a Sailor: Episode 4 - "Forming"

Boot Camp: Making a Sailor - Episode 5

Making a Sailor: Episode 6 - "I'm a U.S. Navy Sailor"

...and visit - America's Navy and 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."

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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So many emotions! He left with 2 other young men, one of which has the same job as my son. He called at midnight. Woke me from a dead sleep and I panicked for a second thinking I was going to miss it. I didn’t hear a lot of yelling in the background thank goodness. He sounded a little nervous but ok. I got to say “I love you” before he hung up. Anyone else’s kid leave yesterday?

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Jodiw911 - Welcome to BCmoms group. My son went to BC two years ago. I had not gone to sleep yet before his "I'm Here call" arrived, but it was still unnerving. It sounded so robotic and like a recorded message. I as well said, "I love you" several times. 

The ladies just posted yesterday that they will not be sending the recruit's cell phone and belongings home anymore but storing them there at RTC. I don't know which TG that actually goes into effect for, but you may or may not receive your SR's box of belongings. If you don't and you don't hear from him (which is a good thing at this point) you should expect the Form letter in about 14 business days - but even that can vary some.

Feel free to post comments in the main comment section of BC Mom and be sure to read all of the information in the pages to the right side of the main group page and above where the discussions are. There is a lot of helpful information posted there. 

Navy Mom Hugs! It will likely be 3 - 4 weeks before you have an "I'm OK" call, in the meantime stay busy, give yourself grace as this is a rollercoaster ride. One minute, you are very excited and proud of your son, the next you just can't help but wonder what is going on with their day, what they are going through and how their emotions and stamina is handling BC. There are also some videos posted to the left of the main BCMom page that will give you some idea of what is going on as well.



Thank you so much. I love that so many moms are here to encourage and support others through this! It definitely helps knowing I can find answers and others whose hearts have felt the same way as mine does now.

Hang in there Jodiw911!  Remember, no new is good news.  And you should be getting your official letter in about 9-14 business days.  Then you'll know his PIR and you can join that group too.

Thank you!

My son is with yours - he left yesterday also!  :-)  This site is SO helpful - lots of great information to help us be prepared.  

That’s great! What state are you from? It’s nice hearing from someone who’s on the same timeframe and schedule as I am.

I'm in Texas  - how about you?  

I’m in OH! How are you holding up? Where’s your son going after boot? Mine is headed to Pensacola FL.


Hi Kim - if your son is going to Charleston then he must be a nuke!  Join us in our nuke moms group - here's the link:

Nuke Moms

My son wanted Nuke but he’s colorblind :( He’s excites though for his A school

Welcome Jodiw911-- You are not alone and we'll get you through this!! Our kids are learning to work as a team so that is what we do here!!  It's been 6 years but in many ways it still feels like it was yesterday! 
Read all you can, Watch the "Making a Sailor" videos that are pinned on the left and feel free to post or ask your questions. 
For your Information: This was posted to the RTC FB page and will apply to your Seaman Recruit (SR) "Attention families and friends of RTC: Previously, upon arrival to boot camp, recruits would box up their civilian belongings and ship it to their choice of destination. Our new procedure now has those boxes being stored locally and will be returned to the recruits the day before graduation. They will not be able to open the boxes until after they have left RTC. The new procedure went into effect this week beginning with Div. 409 in Training Group 52."
You will not get his belongings back so hopefully he packed a charger!! Today will be Processing day 1 (P1) of 5.  Do not count Saturday or Sunday in counting his time there.  It is possible that for recruits arriving at the end of the week they may end up in a Push Div which just means they are the last Division (Div) in the Training Group (TG) or they may have an extra week due to P-hold days.. Waiting for additional recruits to arrive. You will not know until his form letter arrives in ~14-21 business days.  Resist the urge to call the recruiter since their information may not be accurate.  IF after 21 days you have not heard anything then you can call.  Start writing now so you can send letters the day you get the form letter!  Be sure to number them in some way so they know the order to read them .  Remember... NO News is GOOD NEWS!!! Repeat as needed!! (daily, hourly, minute by minute!!!!) We haven't lost a mom to Bootcamp and we won't start with you!!


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