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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."


**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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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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DEP-Leavin' for bootcamp in September Discussions (129)

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MEPS again?

Hi, My son leaves for a hotel near MEPS on the 19th, goes to MEPS on the 20th and then goes to the airport to go to BC.  We went to MEPS wh…

Started by momof3

9 Sep 18, 2018
Reply by lemonelephant

Son leaves September 5th!

Anyone else have a son leaving on Sept 5th?  

Started by NavyMum

12 Sep 11, 2018
Reply by lemonelephant


As of right now, my son's ship date is Sept. 24th :)

Started by MystiWV

6 Jun 13, 2018
Reply by MystiWV

My son leaves 9/26/2017

im so excited for my son to start his Navy Life. He is chomping at the bit to get outta here, but at the same time I want to just want to k…

Started by Seahawk

26 Oct 3, 2017
Reply by Lynnie

Leaving 9/20?

Anyone else have a loved one leaving next week on the 20th?

Started by Teachermomto2

14 Oct 3, 2017
Reply by dtown2005

It is here!

I will be driving my son to the recruiters office today, and he will ship tomorrow. I will not cry, I will not cry, I will not cry....!!! T…

Started by Seahawk

4 Sep 27, 2017
Reply by Seahawk

son leaves for bootcamp Sept 5, 2017

Anyone else?

Started by beachplease

19 Sep 20, 2017
Reply by musicteachermom

Got the official letter today.

The official letter arrived today. He left for boot camp on September 5th. The letter says the tentative graduation (PIR) is November 3rd.…

Started by Jen

5 Sep 17, 2017
Reply by Sdsmom

Graduate a week early

Has anyone ever heard of someone graduating a week earlier? My recruit left Sept 5th and is graduating Oct 27th that is a week early. I am…

Started by LacyFuFu

6 Sep 11, 2017
Reply by ellen0502

Two leaving Houston MEPS 19 September 2017

Final week with my twin sons...feeling anxious, but I have done my homework and I am as ready as I can be. Will pick up phone cards tomorro…

Started by Attygirl123

0 Sep 11, 2017


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