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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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DEP-Leavin' for bootcamp in December


DEP-Leavin' for bootcamp in December

This group is for N4M members that have a loved one leaving for bootcamp in Dec..I will leave the year open so that even future Deppers leaving in the month of Dec of any year can join...Lets share stories, information, concerns, and questions

Members: 526
Latest Activity: Oct 2, 2022

Hello everyone and welcome to the Navy!!! This Group was started for the loved one of DEPPERS leaving in the month of December (although everyone is welcome).......What year you say? Well ......any year!

If you have December ship out issues/questions etc., need specific information, (or have some to share) or just want to talk to someone that is where you are, with a Recruit leaving for and arriving in BC in December, ...then this is the place to be. :-)

Remember, don't "miss 'em while you're with them!" :) Make the most of every precious moment together before they leave. This will be a big transition for both of you! We'll be here for you every step of the way...

Things to do in the last month before your future sailor leaves (Click on the link.)

Once your recruit has arrived at RTC, the next stop here is to join the group Boot Camp for Moms (and loved ones)  Hangout and ask questions in this group until your form letter arrives.

***New news just out today (9/25/19) from the US Navy Recruit Training Command FaceBook page:
Attention families and friends of RTC: Previously, upon arrival to boot camp, recruits would box up their civilian belongings and ship it to their choice of destination. Our new procedure now has those boxes being stored locally and will be returned to the recruits the day before graduation. The new procedure went into effect this week beginning with Div. 409 in Training Group 52.

Approx two to three weeks after your recruit arrives you will receive the "Form Letter". The form letter will include their Ship# , DIV #, their mailing address, PIR date, and the Security Access Form. The Security Access form needs to be completed and sent back to your recruit ASAP. Keep this letter in a safe place, it has the information you will need.

The date that is on the form letter is the official date for your Recruit's Training Groups PIR (graduation), Things can always change for an individual Recruit (due to illness, injury, failure to pass a final test etc.)! So, we always recommend that you plan, if possible, to purchase Refundable or Exchangeable plane tickets.

After you have received the form letter, join the group for your recruits PIR. There you can ask questions about PIR, training, hotels etc.Those groups will be posted in the Boot Camp for Mom's group.

Thanks for joining us. We hope you will realize you are not alone, and will soon make new friends, plus feel supported and encouraged! :)

**It is very important that your future Sailor be physically fit prior to shipping to the RTC (these are new standards beginning 1/1/2018) and that he be able to pass an initial run test. See Navy Sets New Physical Fitness Standard to Start Boot Camp. "The initial run standard is evaluated on the 1.5 mile run of the first Physical Fitness Assessment (PFA) at boot camp. The initial run standard for male recruits will be 16 minutes 10 seconds and 18 minutes seven seconds for female recruits."

Discussion Forum

What makes December boot camp different?

Started by Arwen. Last reply by Velvetenor Nov 10, 2019. 89 Replies


Started by pilots17. Last reply by rebecca Dec 20, 2018. 15 Replies

Son Left 12/13/17

Started by Janice. Last reply by Danita Dec 28, 2017. 13 Replies

Comment Wall


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Comment by TMC on December 17, 2019 at 4:33pm

Hi Sheri_M.  Your son and mine will be going through boot camp together.  I am literally just 24 hours into this.  Good you are the rock for your family,,,every family needs one!  I am a crier...but trying to hang tough through this.  My son has an estimated PIR on 2/14 as well.  My son landed at Chicago airport at 5:00 CST yesterday and I got the Safe Arrival call by 9:30 pm.  They had led me to believe it would be much later, so I was relieved about that.  Hang in there!  

Comment by B'sNukeMoM⚓️MMN(Vet) on December 17, 2019 at 2:27pm

Hi Sherri - be sure to keep your phone handy so you can answer the "I'm here" call later tonight.  Remember it will be quick!  Counting 9 Fridays you might be looking at a Valentine's Day graduation.  And like you said, no news is good news!  Hang in there!

Comment by Sherri_M on December 17, 2019 at 2:18pm

HI all, 

Just left my son at MEPS today - he is at the airport now awaiting his flight to Chicago. Things went well as we said our goodbyes. Dad started to break down, but kept it together, my aunt did break down, which finally made my sailor "crack" a bit, but he overcame it quickly. I'm the rock (seriously), so I was good. Now, the waiting game... no news is good news; no news is good news :-) 

Comment by Regina126 on December 15, 2019 at 7:26pm
Hey Rfra_tx- My son joined Navy Recruit Training Command (RTC)-Great Lakes- Boot Camp so I joined that one. I'm also in Navy Boot Camp 101 (I think) & both PIR groups. I will delete myself from 1 once I get a call or a letter. It appears many SRs that left 11/26, 11/27, 12/2, some 12/4 have rcvd letters or calls. My son shipped 12/5 so I guess no news is good news and I should see something this week coming. Oh and division 800 sent out letters already even tho they just shipped last week.
Comment by Regina126 on December 12, 2019 at 6:37am
Thinking of all of you! My son left 12 /5 I dropped him off at the hotel on 12/4 after we had dinner and went over some last min info. So it's officially been 1 week. I kinda thought I would not miss him as much because he is 21 and was living away from home since last year but we used to communicate several times a day. I joined the FB groups for Boot Camp & the PIR groups 1-31 and 2-07 bc there are 15 divisions in 1-31 including ppl who shipped the week before he left so I'm anxiously awaiting info. Big Hugs!
Comment by Velvetenor on December 12, 2019 at 2:32am

Hi all! Just popped in to see how everyone is doing. My son left for bootcamp 1 week ago today, and I have been praying for him, since he probably took his first PFA either yesterday or today. Since I didn't get a phone call I'm hoping that I can rely on the "no news is good news" mantra and assume that he passed, and that he will be sending me the Form Letter soon with all of his info.  It sure would be nice to get a 3-week phone call from him during Christmas week, but I won't hold my breath for that...

Anyway, I'm glad to be part of this December Bootcamp sub-group, since we are all having our loved ones in GL at around the same time, so we can all support each other. And maybe some of us will have SRs in the same TG or Division, and we will see each other in person at PIR!

Hang in there, moms! BNMH to you all! :)

Comment by Sherri_M on December 10, 2019 at 2:44pm

It's some time this month, we will all say goodbye to our babies and send them off to basic. Mine leaves 1 week from today (so Dec 17th). He's super excited and is busy this week doing last minute things with the recruiter, etc. We can do this, before we know it, we will be at Great Lakes watching PIR! 

Comment by Shorelinemom on December 9, 2019 at 7:25pm

Thinking of you all - those that have just said good bye recently and those that will be having their son/daughter leaving before Christmas.  Wishing you the best as you begin this journey . . . The first few weeks may seem very slow, but before you know it you will be attending PIR.  It comes up fast!

Comment by TMC on December 6, 2019 at 12:39pm
I just joined today. My son leaves for BC 12/16. Heading to NY now so he can say goodbye to all his cousins, and grandparents. Emotional time! Happy to be reading others comments. Thank you!
Comment by Regina126 on December 3, 2019 at 6:33pm
On my way to Walgreens to grab his phone card... He did POAs for banking, insurance, etc

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