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



The Form Letter

Here is a copy of the current form letter, which was received for the 01/04/2019 PIR date.

You will also receive an additional form that needs to be filled out for guests who will be attending PIR. That additional form needs to be completed and returned to your recruit using the address on the form letter. If you need a clean copy of the form, you can get one by clicking the Security Access Form. Everyone ages 3 and up must have a ticket in order to attend PIR. Those ages 2 and under do not need a ticket to attend PIR, but will need a copy of their birth certificate in order to attend.

Your recruit will have the final say on who will be attending. Please be sure to return the form to your recruit as instructed. Your recruit will turn the names in the week prior to PIR.

ALL GUESTS, including Active Duty/Retired Military Personnel and those ages 3 and older, must be listed on the form. The maximum number allowed is four per recruit. Children under 3 do not need to be listed. Please coordinate with your recruit as only recruits may place names on the final list. RTC staff can neither change these names nor release the names of those on the list to receive tickets.

NOTE: There will be times when the number is reduced to three due to the number of recruits graduating and this will be indicated on the form sent by your recruit.

Be sure the names on the form match the names on the identification that will be used to obtain access to the base. Tickets will be issued with the guests' name printed on them. All guests who enter the base must have a ticket, and the name on the ticket must match the name on the ID. There are no longer accommodations for extra guests. Extra guests will not be allowed through the gate and they must return to the hotel. NO EXCEPTIONS! Anyone without a ticket should remain at the hotel and watch the LiveStream. RTC will stream PIR live at beginning at 8:45 am CST on the day of PIR.

Each guest must pick up their own ticket. Adult guests must have proper photo ID and children must have acceptable ID. There are no tickets available for extra loved ones whose names are not on the access list. 

Names cannot be changed/swapped at the time of pickup; only the names that are on the access list will be given tickets.

The Recruit Family Welcome Center will be open on the following days and times: Thursday [10:00 AM to 7:30 PM] and Friday [5:30 AM to 8:00 AM].

***Certain federal holidays may require adjusting days and times. Please refer to the command website for those specific updates***

Do not lose your tickets; there will be no replacements. No ticket, no PIR! Extra guests without a ticket will be not be allowed on base, including active duty military. Do not arrive to the gate with extra guests in your vehicle as you will then need to return them to your hotel. There is no waiting area for anyone without a ticket!

*PLEASE NOTE* If you are returning to RTC later in the day to pick up your Sailor, everyone in the vehicle must still have a ticket in order to drive onto the base or else you will be instructed to turn around.

There are also rules that will now be strictly enforced on what you can bring into the drill hall. Any bag or item that is not permitted will need to be returned to your vehicle. This information is also included in the form letter. 

MULTIPLE SEARCHES POSSIBLE: Every person, bag, and vehicle on the base is subject to search. Metal detectors and other security devices are in use onboard Recruit Training Command. Expect some delay at the security checkpoints. 

  • ITEMS PERMITTED INTO GRADUATION CEREMONY: Small bag/personal item (purse, satchel, etc…), small diaper bag, small camera bag, and personal wheelchair or walker. Strollers and car seats are allowed but discouraged due to space limitations (you may leave them in your car).
  • ITEMS NOT PERMITTED INTO GRADUATION CEREMONY: Large bags, backpacks, luggage, alcohol, illegal drugs, knives or weapons, posters, signs, banners, gift bags of any size, or flowers. Anyone found with alcohol, illegal drugs, knives or weapons will have the item confiscated and will NOT be permitted to enter.

NO WEAPONS! Weapons possession on federal installations is highly regulated and those in violation are subject to arrest and prosecution.

updated 01/01/2019


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Comment by lemonelephant on September 27, 2019 at 9:40pm

NavyVWMx2, those who are ASMO'd, as your son was, sometimes do not send the form letter. I left additional info on your My Page.

Comment by NavyVWMx2 on September 27, 2019 at 4:47pm

My son left for bootcamp on Sept 12, 2019 and we received a call about one week after he left saying he was moved to a new division with a new graduation date of Nov 15th.  It has been 2 weeks now and we still have not received the form letter.  Is this normal?

Comment by lemonelephant on September 22, 2019 at 11:10pm

astc, you are very welcome.

Comment by astc on September 22, 2019 at 9:30pm

This was very helpful thank you! My boyfriend officially went in on September 13 th and I am still waiting for his date and address.

Comment by lemonelephant on August 19, 2019 at 4:03pm

You are very welcome.

Comment by StrongMomma1975 on August 19, 2019 at 4:01pm

Thank you so much

Comment by lemonelephant on August 19, 2019 at 3:58pm
Comment by StrongMomma1975 on August 19, 2019 at 3:54pm

Can you please direct me to the forum for those graduating 10/04/2019?  Thank you

Comment by B'sNukeMoM⚓️MMN on June 27, 2019 at 12:19pm

Civilian clothes depends on his schooling and when he phases up and each school is different.  You might just want to include some comfies he can wear in his room until then.  You should have enough notice to be able to send him clothes before he phases up.  And he might even choose to buy a few new things when that time comes.  He won't wan't/need a lot as he won't have much room to store them.

Comment by LoriNicole on June 27, 2019 at 11:35am

Thank you so much B'sNukeMoM. I am glad he can have his cell phone at that time. I honestly thought he wasn't going to be able to get it until after A school so that makes me feel better. When can they have civilian clothing?

Comment by B'sNukeMoM⚓️MMN on June 27, 2019 at 11:25am

LoriNicole - he will have a lot of things to carry so you don't want to give him too much (he is responsible for lugging all his gear).  You might want to put it in a small black backpack (he will be carrying is Navy issued backpack too).  If he's able to he can transfer some of the items into his backpack or seabag.  But he should still be able to carry the small backpack along with his other items....

Comment by LoriNicole on June 27, 2019 at 11:19am

I know my son will not stay in the Great Lakes after PIR. I read on the form letter that if I go to the airport with him the day after PIR then I can give him his cell phone, computer, and personal items. Can I pack him a small suitcase to take? 

Comment by B'sNukeMoM⚓️MMN on June 18, 2019 at 3:38pm

TyTorey1357 - Here's the link for the form:

Security Access Form

Comment by TyTorey1357 on June 18, 2019 at 3:02pm

Hello All! My son has a PIR date of 8/2 .. I mailed his form back on yesterday but I failed to make a copy of his form letter  so that I could send it again to make sure that it arrives. Is there a link that I can access to print one off? Thanks in advance for your help!

Comment by lemonelephant on May 31, 2019 at 7:27pm

The form letter come in the regular mail (USPS) in a business size envelope. The return address will be your recruit's name and address.

Comment by sunnyFL on May 31, 2019 at 9:18am

Does the form letter come in a regular envelope through USPS or is it in a large envelope through FedEx or similar?  Also, do you know what the senders address is?  I have USPS informed delivery.  We live in a rural area with a gate and Want to be aware its coming. Thanks!

Comment by lemonelephant on December 19, 2018 at 11:52am

Mail the form back by regular mail.

Comment by momofnavykid on December 19, 2018 at 8:04am

Do I mail the letter back in regular mail or do you suggest certified or first class to make sure they get it?

Comment by lemonelephant on November 28, 2018 at 4:08pm

Emma, your recruit will send the form to someone to be completed. If it is returned with missing info, then the recruit can try to get the info from the person before submitting the form. If in doubt, then send your info in the first letter you write.

Comment by Emma on November 28, 2018 at 3:03pm

If the recruit does not know someone's state ID or email but wants them to be a guest for graduation, can they still put them on the form letter or will they not be allowed to? 

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