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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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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 and these are very nice, professional portraits. 


  • No order form is sent to the families, it's up to the recruit to decide to order them or not, and how many.


  • These are taken around week 4 or 5, they are ready and available for the recruit to pick up the last week of boot camp. 


  • They must be paid for with a debit or credit card, or personal check (cash okay - but they should never have that much cash with them at boot camp!).  They cannot have the cost taken out of their pay check.  Families can go into the NEX on PIR day to pay, but it's a bit crazy on PIR day, so advise you to let recruit get them earlier that week.  If your recruit did not bring a debit/credit card, mail them a check.  Call the NEX Photo Lab for more info on that:  847-578-6205


There are only two packages they can order


Package A - $140.00  (no tax charged)

1 - 11x14 photo, 2 - 8x10, 2 - 5x7, 24 wallets, 1 - 11x14 formal Division photo.   IMPORTANT: If they order and PAY for Package A no later than PIR day, it includes a free bonus - the Cruisebook (aka Keel Yearbook).


Package B - $120.00 (no tax charged)

1 - 8x10, 2 - 5x7, 16 wallets, 1 - 11x14 formal Division photo.  There is no free bonus book in this package.


Things you can order separately:


Note:  Your recruit cannot just buy a few photos, they must order a package to receive any photos at all.  However they can just order a DVD or a Cruisebook without ordering photos.


DVD or Video of PIR ceremony $29.00, includes shipping.  It will be mailed to the address given by recruit 5-6 weeks after PIR


Cruisebook (aka Keel Yearbook) $30.00, includes shipping.  It will be mailed to the address given by recruit 12-13 weeks after PIR.  NOTE:  This book is printed just one time, so if it is NOT ordered and paid for by PIR day, you can never get one later.  The photo lab orders the exact number of books ordered and paid for the day after PIR, so there are never any left over. There are no exceptions to this rule. 


Reorders:  You can order more photos in various sizes for up to one year from PIR date.  There will be a form in the portrait package to do this.  Reorders can only be ordered if your recruit ordered a package.


Frames:  The above packages come with thick construction paper frames - it does keep them safe when traveling.  The NEX also sells very nice frames in a variety of sizes and styles.  Prices are on the order form that comes with the portraits.


This information was confirmed with two different employees at the NEX Photo Lab!

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Thank you Sobe. I know that there are a lot of families who are always asking about this stuff, me included.

Thank you for this information ... so valuable!

More current prices please !!!!  Thanks.

I was thinking the same thing, where can we go to get updated prices?

This group is outdated. The info you need can be found in Division T-Shirts, Graduation Photos, The Keel, and DVD of PIR within Boot Camp Moms (and loved ones).


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