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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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Navy Speak

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All Boot Camp Moms (and loved ones) Pages (26)

New in 2022: Navy to lengthen Basic Military Training

Navy recruits will complete 10 weeks of boot camp in 2022, rather than the eight weeks that has been the standard. The additional two weeks of Basic Military Training at Recruit Training Co… View »

Please read before leaving for BC (during COVID)

If you have a son or daughter that is getting ready to leave for boot camp soon please sit down with them and have a real good talk about what to expect.  Since Covid has hit things ha… View »

What is it like during the 14 days of ROM? 6 Comments

These discussions with Command Master Chief Twiford may answer some of your questions about boot camp in light of COVID-19: Navy Bootcamp Updates With Command Master Chief: Part 1 Navy Bootcamp Updat… View »

When to Expect Your Form Letter

Posted by hooyahsuzy on April 11, 2018 at 11:16pm ***DURING COVID THE LETTER IS TAKING LONGER TO ARRIVE - AROUND THE 4-5 WEEK MARK*** In the past, the official form letter the recruits mail home cont… View »

Recruit Convalescent Unit (RCU) 6 Comments

If your recruit is injured or ill and sent to the Recruit Convalescent Unit (RCU), then your recruit will call and let you know what has happened and that s/he will not be having PIR as scheduled. If… View »

Physical Fitness Assessment (PFA) and Fitness Improvement Training (FIT) 6 Comments

Where will the recruits be tested for the Physical Fitness Assessment (PFA) and what steps are taken to ensure the recruits' safety? Recruits must be cleared by medical during Phase 1 (P-days) and de… View »

How To Reduce the Number of Emails You Receive from N4M

Some have been frustrated with the large number of emails that they receive from NavyforMoms if they are a member of one or more very active groups. Here is how I have reduced the number of emails I… View »

Professional Apprenticeship Career Tracks (PACT) Program 8 Comments

PACT stands for Professional Apprenticeship Career Tracks. There are three different PACT programs--S-PACT, E-PACT, and A-PACT. Sailors in the PACT program have training after BC and do not go to an… View »

Blue Candles 22 Comments

You can light a blue candle on special days and holidays or significant days for your recruit/Sailor or just because you thought of him/her. During BC, it is common to light a blue candle when your r… View »

Saving Money PIR Weekend 6 Comments

Here are some ways that others have used to reduce the costs associated with attending PIR. I hope they can help you.  Some recruits have sent money (they are getting paid after all) for a family mem… View »


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