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




Challenge Coins

A challenge coin is a small coin or medallion (usually military), bearing an organization’s insignia or emblem and carried by the organization’s members. They are given to prove membership when challenged and to enhance morale.Let's show them here.

Members: 116
Latest Activity: Mar 17, 2018

Discussion Forum

Got Coins?

Started by CryptoDad. Last reply by CryptoDad Jan 8, 2017. 19 Replies

Let's share!       Continue


Started by CryptoDad Dec 7, 2016. 0 Replies

Anybody home?Continue

Coins as PIR Gifts

Started by CryptoDad. Last reply by CryptoDad Feb 14, 2016. 1 Reply

These coins and many more are available at you give another coin, please post a picture here.Recruit Training Command…Continue

Challenge Coin Private First Class

Started by Wendy G Ship 12 Div 082. Last reply by CryptoDad Jan 10, 2016. 1 Reply

Is there a coin specifically for PFC? I'd like to present my daughter one at PIR, thanks in advance

Tags: PFC, Coin, Challenge

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Comment by m3 on June 14, 2011 at 2:16pm

How hard is it to get awarded a challenge coin?

I got my husband a RTC one and an plain U.S Navy one and all of his buddies were like "uah aren't you supposed to get those from someone in the navy?" And I was just curious if it was silly to buy them for him. He said he would like to get one for every ship/port he is stationed to. And I wanted to get him one with his rate and maybe one with his rank. Do sailors get them when they go on a ship or is buying them as a gift ok?

Comment by Pat L. in IL on May 7, 2010 at 10:09pm
EMC (SS). Thank you for the information. I have a friend whose son graduates from Power School on May 14. I'll ask her to look. Also thank you for your service and the great things NNPTC has done for my son!! Pat
Comment by EMC (SS) on May 7, 2010 at 8:43pm
You would have to buy them at the command, I know that they have them available during the mass graduation ceremonies for sale by the Bowman Center, but other then that I don't know of anywhere else to get them.
Comment by Pat L. in IL on May 6, 2010 at 10:25pm
Dear EMC (SS), My son finishes Prototype the end of July. We think challenge coins would make a great graduation gift. Do you know if NNPTC coins are available anywhere? Thank you.
Comment by EMC (SS) on April 8, 2010 at 1:37am
Below are the battle coins that I have been presented.

The first one (top left) I was given was given to me by the Commodore of Submarine Squadron 12 for doing an outstanding job on drills during a major command inspection.

Top right is from RADM Ferguson, Chief of Naval Personnel for driving him and taking him on a tour of my command.

Middle left was given to me by a fellow CPO select during select season FY10.

Middle right was presented to me for being selected as the Sailor of the Year for Nuclear Power School for 2008.

Bottom was presented to me at the completion of CPO select season by my CMC, ETCM (SS) Coles, on the day of Chief pinning.
Comment by EMC (SS) on April 8, 2010 at 1:29am

Comment by EMC (SS) on April 8, 2010 at 1:28am

Comment by EMC (SS) on March 17, 2010 at 9:28pm
The History of the Challenge Coin (reference

"During World War I, American volunteers from all parts of the country filled the newly formed flying squadrons in Europe. Some were wealthy scions attending colleges such as Yale and Harvard who quit in mid-term to join the war. In one squadron, a wealthy lieutenant ordered medallions struck in solid bronze and presented them to his unit. One young pilot placed the medallion in a small leather pouch that he wore about his neck.

Shortly after acquiring the medallions, the pilot's aircraft was severely damaged by ground fire. He was forced to land behind enemy lines and was immediately captured by a German patrol. In order to discourage his escape, the Germans took all of his personal identification except for the small leather pouch around his neck. In the meantime, he was taken to a small French town near the front. Taking advantage of a bombardment that night, he escaped. However, he was without personal identification.

He succeeded in avoiding German patrols by donning civilian attire and reached the front lines. With great difficulty, he crossed no-man's land. Eventually, he stumbled onto a French outpost. Unfortunately, saboteurs had plagued the French in the sector. They sometimes masqueraded as civilians and wore civilian clothes. Not recognizing the young pilot's American accent, the French thought him to be a saboteur and made ready to execute him. He had no identification to prove his allegiance, but he did have his leather pouch containing the medallion. He showed the medallion to his would-be executioners and one of his French captors recognized the squadron insignia on the medallion. They delayed his execution long enough for him to confirm his identity. Instead of shooting him they gave him a bottle of wine.

Back at his squadron, it became tradition to ensure that all members carried their medallion or coin at all times. This was accomplished through challenge in the following manner - a challenger would ask to see the medallion. If the challenged could not produce a medallion, they were required to buy a drink of choice for the member who challenged them. If the challenged member produced a medallion, then the challenging member was required to pay for the drink. This tradition continued on throughout the war and for many years after the war while surviving members of the squadron were still alive."

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