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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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Comment by Lala Ribbon Queen PIR Ribbons on Wednesday Feb 10, 2016.

Hi everyone, I just got back from going to Great Lakes for the meet and greet last week. Another admin and I from the facebook groups try to go once a year. This helps us be able to offer the best advice for all of you and for all the members on the facebook groups. 2/5 was a HUGE PIR group and there were a lot of people. It was so nice meeting so many people and I wish I could be there for every meet and greet. They would have to move it further south for me to do that lol. 

The biggest and best change is the Photo Lab/NEX on Base now has ship coins for each ship in boot camp and they also have Division coins for all the divisions. Also,each division's recruits make and design a DIV flag that is different than all the division flags ever made. They are putting each divisions flag on a coin. And the best part of all, all the profits go back to the MWR which is Morale, Warfare and Recreation for the recruits/Sailors. And it just keeps getting better. They are all less than $20 each :)

Oh how I wish I could have gotten those for my daughter when she was there. Here are just a couple examples of the coins. Each ship has their own coin and each Div/brother Div has a coin as well. Plus each division will have a flag coin. They will be available in the ceremony hall and they also have a table set up at the Navy Lodge on Wednesday and Thursday evenings. This is all new and you all are so lucky to have these awesome, much less expensive choices where the money goes back to the Sailors. :)


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