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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 4/26/2022** Effective with the May 6, 2022 PIR 4 guests will be allowed.  Still must be fully vaccinated to attend.

**UPDATE as of 11/10/2022 PIR vaccination is no longer required.

**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).  


RTC Graduation

**UPDATE 8/25/2022 - MASK MANDATE IS LIFTED.  Vaccinations still required.

**UPDATE 11/10/22 PIR - Vaccinations no longer required.


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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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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Grad & Go Info Discussions (11)

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Formal Navy Portraits - info, prices

Here are the packages, prices and important things to know as of 8/26/10:   Your recruits picture will be taken in their Navy Blue uniform…

Started by SOBE,PIR 6/4/10 IT Mom, Italy

6 Oct 28, 2013
Reply by lemonelephant

USO locations at local airports

Only O'Hare (ORD) and Midway (MDW) have USO centers, the airport in Milwaukee (MKE) does not. The USO at O'Hare is located OUTSIDE of the s…

Started by SOBE,PIR 6/4/10 IT Mom, Italy

2 Oct 2, 2013
Reply by MomOfFutureAM (Ship12Div387)

Phases of Liberty at A-School

Liberty is different than Leave.  Leave is similiar to requesting time off for vacation at work, they must submit a chit and have it approv…

Started by SOBE,PIR 6/4/10 IT Mom, Italy

19 Oct 2, 2013
Reply by MomOfFutureAM (Ship12Div387)

G&G questions to send your recruit!

This was put together by gigi65 (thanks!).  These are the items you will want to mail to your recruit NOW so they can hand you the answers…

Started by SOBE,PIR 6/4/10 IT Mom, Italy

6 Apr 14, 2011
Reply by JessicaB-Sailor Mom

Grad and Go to A School at Great Lakes, Illinois right after P.I.R.

After PIR 1/21/11 my son moved over to his A school at Great Lakes.  He was able to call me to pick him up after he was processed into his…

Started by chew92

3 Jan 26, 2011
Reply by chew92

PIR 09-02 - and GnG Lydias story...

Okay - My son is 818 Spec Ops was grad n go.... Here is how it went down... ****foot note on PIR**** - can you say TRAFFIC!!! geeze - I am…

Started by Lydia (For B - The Sea is Ours)

3 Sep 20, 2010

Chartered Flight, what to expect....

I wanted to to try and help the families of those who are grad and go with a charted flight. This is a new area and I guess the Navy doesn'…

Started by Lala Ribbon Queen PIR Ribbons

34 Sep 4, 2010

Grad and Go

Oh Lala, I feel your pain!  I cried when I read your posting because we went through the same thing!  My younger son and I walked all over…

Started by bethe

0 Aug 1, 2010

Ratings & Ranks Info

This was cut and pasted from the Navy's own site (see Hoppi's discussion on this groups page).   The word "rate" is used in two ways within…

Started by SOBE,PIR 6/4/10 IT Mom, Italy

2 Jul 28, 2010
Reply by SOBE,PIR 6/4/10 IT Mom, Italy

CNN video on BS-21

Trying to paste the CNN video about BS-21, hope this works!   <object width="640" height="385"><param name="movie" value="http://w…

Started by SOBE,PIR 6/4/10 IT Mom, Italy

1 Jul 8, 2010
Reply by SOBE,PIR 6/4/10 IT Mom, Italy


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