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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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hi My Son is currently in Groton, Ct. for Submarine School then "A" School.

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Comment by Paulette,Rob's Mom on October 31, 2008 at 9:06am
Tanya, that is really great about chris passing his test. I know you can not wait for next Friday. Rob called last night he will not be getting leave for Thanksgiving after all, he has duty on Friday. So we won't see him till Christmas. Does anyone know what they do for the guys who can not get home for the holidays? This will be the first holiday that we have not all been together so i hope I make it thru without too many tears as know that there will be many more that we will not be able to share, just part of being in the Navy. Hope you all have a very happy trick or treat.
Comment by Gloria P. on October 28, 2008 at 7:09pm
My son Dan started BESS yesterday. Can't wait to hear how its going. Good thing he has his laptop so now we are able to talk more often.
Comment by Paulette,Rob's Mom on October 22, 2008 at 10:40am
Hi all, My son Robert just arrieved at Groton on 10/12. we saw him in Chicago for PIR what a day. He called last night with his address and he said he is in Thesher Hall Anyone else with a son there? He is hoping to get leave for Thanksgiving but we know we probabaly will see him at Christmas time. Right now he is still in processing so has not started classes yet, but he likes the base alot. Said CT is beautifull.
Comment by Paulette,Rob's Mom on October 17, 2008 at 9:37am
Hi Wanda, My son Robert had PIR this past Friday 10/10. He left for Groton on Sunday, so we had Friday and Saturday with him. If you are driving to GL and your son does leave on Sunday you can meet him at Ohara Airport and spend time there with him also. Rob had to leave the base by bus a 0800 but his plane did not leave till 1pm. We couldn't go out to the airport though as we had to return the rental car by noon by GL. But we talked on the phone most of the day till his plane left. Do enjoy PIR it is the most exciting experiaance that you will have. It is great to share this with your child.
Comment by Paulette,Rob's Mom on September 24, 2008 at 9:55am
Thank you all for the warm welcome, my son Robert has PIR 10/10/ then leaves for CT. How long after PIR do they usually wait b/4 going to CT?

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