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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 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).  Still limited to 2 guests maximum.

Specific information on this policy change will be provided in the coming days and weeks.

We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience and appreciate your support.


RTC Graduation

**UPDATE 7/16/2021**




**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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Pro tip:  per the Navy, the top two items requested by Sailors are cookies and beef jerky  :)

Happy Birthday!  Cookies or brownies (enough to share!!) and a can of frosting, a box of birthday candles, and gifts.   

Book Box:  books, a book light, coffee/tea, snacks.  Make a creative bookmark.  You can order a personalized mystery, classic or romance novel at!

Good Morning box: Poptarts, cereal bars, dehydrated fruits or fruit roll ups, applesauces (minipackets), one person cereals, oatmeal, cream of wheat, instant grits, peanut butter, jelly, bagels (with lengthy expiration date only), mini-donuts, coffee cakes (watch expiration dates), coffee, teas, Nestles' hot cocoa packets, sugar/equal/twin/Splenda packets, coffee creamer (powdered).

Hot Box: Wasabi peas, Hot tamales, Hot sauces, hot cocoa, buffalo Doritos, red hots candies, fireballs, hot spiced tea, hot and spicy peanuts, hot and spicy jerky, Cheez-It Hot & Spicy, jalepeno pistachios, Cajun cashews, Cajun flavored Pringles, Salsa sunflower seeds, cans of chili, hot sauce, taco bell sauce packets, spicy Chex mix, nacho cheese with jalapenos. ‘

Caffeinated: tea, cocoa, coffee, creamer, sugar, international coffee tins, chocolate biscotti, wafers, jolt or other caffeinated drinks, choc covered expresso beans…..

Hang in There! Stuffed animal monkey, Curious George stuff, banana chips, banana bread, banana pudding, banana flavored Chapstick, Monkeys in a barrel game, card with monkey on it. Planet of the Apes movie.

Oh What a Mess (mess hall survival kit): condiment packets of bbq sauce, mustard, sweet and sour sauces, ketchup, mayo, relish, vinegar, pepper, taco sauce, cheese in a can, grated parmesan cheese, dip packets, spices, hot sauce, grey poupon……

Movie in a Box:  new or used DVD’s, popcorn, movie candy, (empty) water bottle with packets of Gatorade

Go Fish:  fishing magazines, goldfish crackers, Swedish fish, Gummi worms, "go fish" playing cards, fisherman's hat, lip balm, sunscreen, plastic or model boat), can of chowder and could put this all in a tackle box.

Sports team box: everything about your Sailor's favorite team, magazine, newspaper, program, favorite game junk food!

Home State box (postcards from varied locations in your state (write a note on the back of each one), hometown specialty foods, hometown souvenirs, hometown team/sports items, hometown newspaper/magazines, hometown books, map, hometown photos, certificate signed by local official: the mayor or governor)

Desert Survival kit (Kleenex, Charmin ultra toilet paper, sunglasses (wrap arounds), eye wash, nasal spray, cotton swabs, lip balm, sunscreen, deodorant, stick ups, body powder, foot powder, bug repellent, crystal light or powder Gatorade drink mix, beef jerky, tuna kits, instant cup of soups, cereal bars, protein bars, snacks (non-chocolate), mints, gum, coffee, disposable cameras, etch-a-sketch, Velcro dart boards, beach ball, Frisbee, foam footballs/basketballs, jump ropes)

Gamer’s box: video games, handheld game system, batteries, carrying case, gamer’s magazine, travel games, trivia games, pack of cards.

Day at the Beach:  sunscreen, beach towel, beach snacks, flip flops, aloe vera gel, sounds of waves or Beach Boys songs

Medicine Cabinet: Ibuprofen/acetaminophen/naproxen, band-aids, Neosporin, A & D ointment, cold medicine, cold-eeze, Alka Seltzer, Rolaids, and of course Bonine for seasickness……

For the Health of it:  Health and nutrition magazines, health bars (ie. Powerbar), Granola bars, multivitamins, health and fitness equipment (ie. Jump rope, boxing gloves, sweats….), Gatorade, sports drink flavor packets, stress reduction music on flash drive….

The Write Stuff: Notebook paper, stationary, postcards, Mad libs, pens, pencils, stickers envelopes (self addressed) , address book (filled out already, of course), camera with a
note to send back once it is full or camera with extra camera cards. Journal.

Action Packed Heroes: Powerbars, squirt gun, red bull, small army figurines or GI Joe, comic books, Superman, Batman, Fantastic Four, Band of Brothers movies or any other action flick or books.

Just kidding around: silly string, bubbles, small bouncy balls, hacky sacks, jax, brain teaser toys, slap jack deck of cards, old maid cards, dominoes, legos, puzzles, Lincoln logs, pez candy and dispenser, jump rope, chalk, silly kids games (ie lawn darts, catch it velcro balls and mitt…)

Bathroom in a Box
TOILET PAPER!!! (the soft stuff), razor refills, foot powder, bars of soap, washcloths,
travel size shampoo/conditioner, toothpaste, toothbrush, bath in a bag, lotions, chapstick,
mouthwash, soap, fresh new towel and flip flops (shower shoes).  Be sure to use Ziplock bags and don't send with food, as food will pick up the aroma of soap etc.

Stress Reliever:  Stress relief book, daily inspiration, Back scratcher, bubble wrap, yo-yo's, bubbles, squeezy tension ball, flash drive with stress-relief music or meditations, book of jokes

Sloppy Hugs & Kisses:  Since we know chocolate melts over there...send a bunch of Hershey's kisses (dark chocolate or milk chocolate) and Hershey kisses (white chocolate kisses). They are bound to be "sloppy kisses!" Seal the box with lots of red lips from lipstick or from drawn on and colored in lips.

I'm Nuts About You:  Peanuts, cashews, pistachios, peanut butter cookies, any candy, cereals, or cookies with nuts in them. Don’t forget Peanut butter or Nutella.

Rock On
Pop Rocks, music on a flash drive, a painted “pet” rock.

Lots of X’s and many more O’s
Regular Oreos, peanut butter Oreos, double stuff Oreos, low fat Oreos, chocolate filled Oreos, chocolate covered Oreos, every Oreo they make! Could combine this with X box games or Xtreme games magazines.

Oh Baby, Baby: Baby powder, Book of baby names, book on becoming a dad, Sonagram picture or picture of pregnant belly, baby clothes (newborn), baby diaper, Baby magazine, baby food, places to take the baby, pictures of baby items (catalog),
Color palette for baby room decorating.

Puzzling Daze: Jigsaw puzzles, crossword puzzles, mad libs, puzzlemania magazine,
Brain storm or benders games, Rubic cube, sudoku games……

Reader's delight: Magazines geared toward construction, motorcycles, men’s health, tattoos, sports, news, military or Seabees. Books about murder, mystery, mahem, funny,
Records *guiness, odd things, x-treme sports, sports, extreme weather, military/war,
History, construction, politics, horror, sci-fi, or religious/spiritual. Limericks.

Loads of fun: Laundry soap (tablets or powder), fabric softner sheets, stain stick or shout, powdered bleach, pop up laundry hamper, basket ball net laundry hamper

Learn something new: New hobby such as kazoo and kazoo music, calligraphy and pen, learn a new language, colored sand and kit (sand art), clay, block of wood and wood burning or sculpting kit. 3 balls or hankies and juggling book.

Thanksgiving box (could include turkey spam or similar canned poultry, can of corn, carrots, cranberry sauce, stuffing and bowl, paper plates, mints, nuts, & decorations)

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Oh my gosh, wonderful ideas - thank you!
Cool. I have something like that but there are some funny ones there. "you stink" was one of them, LOL.
These are GREAT ideas...thanks for putting it all in one place! :)
I love to send themed packages... I always ask my recipient (my sailor or my 'adopted sailors') to guess what my theme was... gives them something to talk about while sharing the goodies... then I usually hear back from them!!
Hi Susan.  That is a great idea and I bet it gives them something to look forward to.  Thank you so much for being so considerate and creative!!
Military Personnel Survival Kit

Lifesavers - to remind you that that's what you are
Small Empty Bottle - "Instant Water" add water and shake, for when you are on maneuvers
Mounds Bar - to remind you of the mounds of love & support you have from friends & family
Pack of Gum - to help your unit stick together
Cotton Ball - to cushion the rough roads
Piece of String - for when you reach the end of your rope
Shiny Penny - to remind you that we each shine in our own way
Paperclip - to hold it all together
A hug- to let you know there's always someone on your side
A kiss - so that you will always remember I love you!
Mint - because you are worth a mint
Candle - to light up the darkness
Tootsie Roll - to help you roll with the punches
Jolly Rancher - to remind you to laugh
Map with your street circled on it - so you will never be far from home.


Great ideas love this.

Great ideas! Thank you.

I love those ideas!

Great ideas here!  It would be great if members would a photo before you mail.  I've seen some awesome ones that "paper" the inside flaps of the box, for example; fun!


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