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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."


**UPDATE - 2020**

Due to COVID there is no public PIR. The graduations are on Thursday, and the video of the graduation is posted on RTC's FaceBook on Friday at approx 3pm. Please keep in mind that a division may need to complete additional quarantine during training which will delay their graduation.

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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Boot Camp Moms (and loved ones)


Boot Camp Moms (and loved ones)

To everyone with a loved one at RTC or soon to be there, we say, "Welcome!"  To those who are sticking around after PIR to help those who are just beginning this awesome journey, we say, "Thank you!"

This is a place to talk, ask questions, and share stories. It is our desire that this Group will provide the information, encouragement, and support you need while your loved one is at RTC in Great Lakes. Enjoy your time here and feel free to Comment and join in the Discussions. Be sure to check out the "Pages" to the right, located under the pictures of the Members, especially OPSEC and PERSEC (Making Changes to Your Profile), (Click "View All" to see all of them.)

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Answers to Common Questions

Are there any official RTC sites?

Yes, check out and They will have lots of information for you. also has items at times. has pics of some of the recruits who give blood while at RTC. Those donations occur about 2 weeks (10 to 16 days depending on the division) before PIR.

You may also find pics in

RTC will stream PIR live at beginning at 8:45 am CST on the day of PIR for those who are unable to attend in person. (Once PIR has passed, you will be able to see the video at If the one you want is not there, then click on a PIR video and then change the date in the URL to the date you want. You will have to change both the numerical date and the written out date in the URL. For example, if you want the video for the March 3, 2017 PIR date, then change to


Can recruits take anything to BC with them?

Recruits should go with what they have on their backs, their cell phones, and not much else. (See Things to Do in the Last Month Before Your Future Sailor Leaves for RTC.)


What will the first day be like at BC?

See Arrival and What Happens at RTC and Ship/Division--How it Works.

How long is the "I'm here!" call and when will s/he be able to call again?

See Phone Cards and Phone Calls.


I got my recruit's address from the recruiter. Can I trust it?

Double-check the address the recruiter gave you against those at, but we strongly encourage you to wait on the form letter before sending mail to your recruit since the address provided by the recruiter prior to that can be wrong up to 11 business days or more after the recruit's arrival if the recruit failed the first attempt at the run and then passed (or failed) the second attempt and was ASMO'd to a different division (or to SEPS) or if RTC needed to move recruits for some reason. Sometimes a form letter is not mailed by accident and if it has been at least 3 calendar weeks since your recruit arrived at RTC and you do not have a form letter, then you can call the recruiter and get the address and mail letters to your recruit since the address in the system should be the correct one at that point, but be sure to double-check the address against those at or Ship/Division--How it Works


Posted March 19, 2020

Effective immediately, the U.S. Navy is suspending all Recruit Training Command (RTC), in Great Lakes, IL, and Officer Training Command (OTC), in Newport RI, formal, large-scale graduation ceremonies until further notice as part of its proactive approach to protect our mission and limit the potential spread of COVID 19.


When will the Form Letter come and what is in it?

The form letter will arrive in your regular mail around nine to fourteen business days after the recruit's arrival at RTC since it is not mailed until a division’s 1-1 Day of Training, which takes place after your recruit has taken and passed the run portion of the Baseline PFA, which is on or about the fifth business day after arrival (later if the division that your recruit was tentatively placed in upon arrival did not fill until a later date). See Physical Fitness Assessment (PFA) and Fitness Improvement Training (FIT)The brochure that is included from MWRGL about hotels and other things is at RTC Friends and Family Brochure October 2017. The form letter includes your recruit's address, so now you can mail out all the letters you have been writing. There is more on this in Letter Writing & Fun Stuff/Questionnaires to send to your Recruit.

The form letter will also tell you the date of PIR, so you can start making plans for your trip. There are many hotels in the area and there is information in the grad pack and on this site about them. If you fly in, renting a car will make your life easier. Also, if you are flying, some airlines, such as Southwest, will allow you to change your flight without a charge if something happens, so you do not have to book refundable tickets.

How long should I plan to stay in the Great Lakes area?

Arrive at least the day before PIR so you can pick up your ticket/s for PIR and also attend Sarge's Meet and Greet if you wish to do so.

If your Sailor's "A" School or training is in GL, then plan to leave late Sunday or on Monday. If your Sailor will be flying out, then plan to leave late Saturday or on Sunday to have the most time with your Sailor. (This may need to be adjusted if PIR is not on Friday.) See Saving Money PIR Weekend and PIR Day and Liberty during PIR Weekend.


Plan to arrive the day before PIR so you won't risk missing PIR and go to Sarge's Meet and Greet from 5 pm to 10 pm the evening before PIR at the Lakehurst Event Center (go to to RSVP). Sarge has a taxi service and he is a wealth of information. His cell number is 847-212-0246. His Meet and Greet and services have been getting great reviews. Find Sarge on N4M as OldSarge.


Once you know your recruit's PIR date, be sure to join the group for that. PIR groups are posted on the Comment Wall below once they are created. 

Who can attend PIR?

Your recruit will indicate the names of up to four guests who will be permitted to receive tickets and attend PIR. RTC may change that to three guests if there is a large TG. Children ages 2 and under do not need a ticket to attend PIR, but a copy of the child's birth certificate may be presented in order for the child to attend PIR. The names of the guests will be listed on the Security Access Form. Your recruit will send the Security Access Form with the form letter and it will need to be completed fully and returned to your recruit. if you do not receive the form letter, then you can download the Security Access Form and complete it and send it to your recruit, but your recruit has the final say on who will attend PIR.


GUESTS SECURITY ACCESS FORM: If you are going to be attending the graduation ceremony, you will need to fill out the security access form, which is included with your form letter. Return the form to your recruit according to the instructions. 

ONLY YOUR RECRUIT CAN CHANGE THE GRADUATION CEREMONY ACCESS LIST: Your recruit will be able to make changes to the access list throughout training. The last opportunity to make changes will be the week before graduation. If there is a change to be made to the access list (such as a name spelled incorrectly, name-swap, etc…) please communicate any changes to your recruit by mail. Recruit Training Command staff cannot change these names or release the names of those on the list. Please do not call for additional seats!

The form can also be downloaded by anyone from the website, but only the recruit has final say-so as to who will be invited. Those names are submitted and those names will be printed on tickets. All of those guests attending must be present with ID to pick up the ticket in person. No exceptions, no swapping of tickets, no changing of names during final week of graduation.

If you are attending a graduation ceremony, you MUST personally obtain your ticket, you cannot pick up tickets for others. Tickets will be distributed at the Recruit Family Welcome Center, located inside the Navy Exchange Burkey Mall, Bldg. 3452, 2650 Green Bay Road Great Lakes, IL 60088 

Additional information on ticketing is also available at (See

Once you receive your ticket, please DO NOT lose it, as this will be the only ticket you will receive. These tickets are not transferable and are serialized to each graduation attendee. If you do not have a ticket, then you will not be permitted access to the base.

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***

Please plan accordingly so each person listed can check in to receive a ticket for the graduation ceremony. Again, if you don’t have a ticket you will NOT be allowed entry to the base. Tickets will only be issued to those guests who the graduating recruit has verified will be attending. 

Driving on to base.

Driver’s license, vehicle registration, proof of insurance or rental car agreement and graduation ticket must be ready to present to security at access points. Everyone in the car ages three and over must show their ticket to graduation. If someone in the car over the age of two does not have a ticket, they are not allowed through the gate, no exceptions.

  • NO cell phone usage while driving on base! 
  • Seat belts are required for all drivers/passengers at all times
  • Motorcycle drivers/riders MUST have proper protective clothing/equipment such helmet, long pants, long-sleeved shirt, and over the ankle hard-soled boots.
  • Recent graduates are prohibited from operating motor vehicles, including motorcycles, and are NOT allowed to be a passenger on a motorcycle.

See for the Frequently Asked Questions.

What will happen PIR weekend?

See PIR Day and Liberty during PIR Weekend and

USPS Informed Delivery - Sign up and receive an email from the US Postal Service showing what mail you will be getting each day (if available in your area).  

Informed Delivery®

Be sure to check out the Pages to the right (under the pictures of the Members) for additional information. (You will need to click "View All" to see all of them.)

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Comment by Mellie on October 25, 2020 at 9:17pm

Hi Ladies:  New Boot Camp Mom.  I just found this website.  My SR I believe just finished battle stations today and should be PIR on Thursday maybe.  He's on his 3rd division since entering back in July.  ROM's are killing him.  We've been praying like crazy for no more ROM's but as someone said, they will continue into the next phase.  

Comment by partyofseven on October 25, 2020 at 9:15pm


 Bases will start announcing their plans as we get closer to the holidays about restrictions and leave. I'm praying that we will all get to see our Sailor's over the holidays. It's good thou that they are doing that. We have to keep all of our Sailor's healthy. 

Yes 85 it has been a long time coming for us. I will take your cold thou.  :) 

Be careful on your walk and tell puppy to take it easy on you. 

Chipmunk- yes I did thank you. The games were good today. Glad your hubby's team is winning. 

I had talked to my Sailor earlier and we had talked about ROM and taking leave. :) 

VintageGal- yes desert kids. :) That's allright about your shirts, you will be wearing them soon enough. I have my blue lights on as well. 

Anti M- oh my gosh. What was the girl thinking? Goodness. Lol 

I love to listen to the stories as well. 

Comment by VintageGal on October 25, 2020 at 9:02pm
Anti M - either way I’m loving it! :) I am a physical education aid and the PE teacher that I work with was also in the Navy. I love hearing her stories about Boot Camp and life while she was in the fleet. It’s the one person I can talk to outside of this NFM that has had first-hand experience.
Comment by Anti M on October 25, 2020 at 9:00pm

VintageGal, if my stories are ever out of date, I hope he gets a good chuckle at least!  Sailors love to tell stories.

Comment by VintageGal on October 25, 2020 at 8:01pm
Anti M- Appreciate the advice as always. I forwarded your last post to my sons email :) read up buddy!
Comment by VintageGal on October 25, 2020 at 8:00pm
Shanny- hey lady you need a break! Tell that puppy to keep it chill on his walk :) dang girl you’re making me shiver just thinking about those temperatures. Party and I have the same temps. Desert kids.

Yes, the posse shall ride with disinfectant in hand- I sound like a helicopter mom which I was not. Lol
And y’all know I bought those Navy Mom shirts but do you think I’ve been wearing them... NOPE not until after I get that call. It was a bit premature buying them but there they are hanging in my closet just waiting :) They’ll get worn come hell or high water I’ll tell ya that! Lol - ranting. Seriously every time my phone rings I run for it and pray!!
My dear boy, I am so proud of you and may the Lord give you strength! HERE YOU GO!

I’ve got my little Navy tree lights on and I will be lighting my blue candle as much as possible this week. BREEEEEEAAATH
Comment by Anti M on October 25, 2020 at 6:59pm

I remember having to stand up at the back of the class in boot camp. Warm room, warm afternoon after lunch, perfect recipe for dozing.

Room inspections in A school or barracks in the fleet: trash can must be empty and clean.  They made us have our lockers open, so no hiding it.  Use liners and hide any trash which happens between emptying it and the inspection under your folded clothing in your drawers.  Yes, we had to have our drawers open too. The guy was moving furniture to be sure we had cleaned behind it!!  That was pretty extreme.  The locker inspection is "health and safety" so don't count on being able to hide anything.  
And then there was the time I had to counsel the gal in my platoon (the Navy used Army terms during training while I was in, weird).  We had to keep our dress uniform shoes in shoeboxes.  One of the girls came to me and was worried because her roommate's box was full of weed.  Like full to the top.  These days, it would be an automatic out, but I chewed on this kid for a while and gave her the chance to "correct her behavior" off the record.  I scared her for sure, and that was before I knew I could be scary, ha. I wasn't too worried, I knew if she kept it up she'd pop positive on a test soon enough.  I don't think she finished ET A school...

Comment by Shanny on October 25, 2020 at 6:58pm

Evening everyone!!!  I am around but in true Shanny style, I managed to tweak my back today. I’m embarrassed to say I was literally putting something in the oven and turned wrong. I have been crying and whining ever since. Hurts to sit, hurts to stand, walking is work, bending over to pick up a dropped fork took many different movements and lot of minutes. 

Chipmunk:  my sailor said his sponsor said if he takes leave after A School he will have to go into ROM for 14 days when he shows up to his duty station.  It is a requirement on that base right now. 

Partyofseven:  did you say in the 80s?!?!  I have been wearing a winter coat in the mornings we are down in the low 30s in the morning and today we reached 44 last I checked. I need summer back

looks like another hurricane heading for Pensacola again. Let’s hope this one dies out...  

i am so excited for PIR this week for our moms and their sailors!!!  I feel like the posse should ride just in celebration!! I need to try to walk the dog. Fingers crossed he is kind tonight and doesn’t want to pull me all over

Comment by Chipmunk on October 25, 2020 at 6:49pm

Good afternoon PartyofSeven - Enjoy your snuggle time with the grandson and your football!! Hubby's team is winning so he is happy. 

I was just going to chime in that even if sailors are allowed to take leave at the holidays and fly commercially, they will likely be taking a 14 day ROM as well before they join back to their command. 

Comment by partyofseven on October 25, 2020 at 4:33pm

Hello Ladies,

Welcome to all of our new moms. You have come to the right place. Keep your phones on you at all times and those ringers on loud as you just never know what calls may come thru.

Ladies, Mine is in ROM to and he will be finishing up in a couple of days as well. So even when they have moved on from A school depending where they are and where they are going sometimes they may have to go into ROM to.

I was smiling as I was remembering when you ladies would look thru the RTC pages to see your SR's. Well, I have to say I am able to go to the page that he is at and low and behold I find a picture of him!!! Oh my gosh I was so excited.  I just wanted to share that. Lol

VintageGal- you are on the home stretch. Prayers for your SR to finish strong and only good calls to come. 

It was my grandson's birthday so we celebrated all weekend and yes I got all kinds of snuggles!!! We had cake today after lunch and have been chillin and watching football of course!! Lol 

It is a beautiful 85 degrees here. Whoo Hoo. 

Kristel2400- Whoo Hoo you are in the home stretch. Prayers for your SR to finish strong and healthy. BNH's to you!!!

LBF- Now I know how you feel that is exactly how I felt this morning when I saw his picture. I was like whoo hoo. Lol

NWM- beautiful post. It is amazing to watch them grow and mature as they start this journey on their own. 

Enjoy the rest of the day ladies and gent. God Bless and have a great Sonday!!!


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