This site is for mothers of kids in the U.S. Navy and for Moms who have questions about Navy life for their kids.



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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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.



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 May 25, 2018 at 1:08am

Designgirl, no, it is not normal, but it happens sometimes. He may have had an appointment or may have been interviewed while the form letter was being filled out and no one realized that he did not send one.
If no one received the form letter, then print out the Security Access Form and complete it and send it to your recruit.

Comment by Designgirl113 on May 24, 2018 at 3:44pm

My recruits pir is June 29th according to his division number but I haven't gotten the form letter yet.  Is this normal.i know he passed his pft the first time.

Comment by lemonelephant on February 20, 2018 at 12:35am

Victoria, as stated in the form letter, appropriate ID for the 9 year old would be a school ID, copy of birth certificate, OR Social Security card.

Comment by Victoria on February 19, 2018 at 8:01am

What do you have to have to get the ticket for a 9 year 

Comment by lemonelephant on February 16, 2018 at 2:52pm

TLC, yes, you will mail it back to your recruit.

Comment by TLC on February 16, 2018 at 2:43pm

on the access list form, do we mail it back to our recruit?

Comment by lemonelephant on February 4, 2015 at 10:49am
Navywife_Nuke, no, that will come in a separate mailing. See the page, "When Will the Recruits be Paid? and Information for Spouses" for more on that. I left the link on your My Page in October. (I'm on my phone and can't put in links.)
Comment by Navywife_Nuke on February 4, 2015 at 12:22am
When I receive the form letter, will that have the form I need for my military spouse id?

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