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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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Visite esta página para explorar en su idioma las oportunidades de educación y carreras para sus hijos en el Navy.




Letter-Writing Navy Moms

Show support for your Sailor and express yourself with a hand-written gesture. Have any tips to share? Feel free to add your comments and experiences to help other moms and loved ones! 

Members: 384
Latest Activity: Sep 12

Discussion Forum

letters at BC

Started by tori'smom. Last reply by lemonelephant Aug 27, 2018. 6 Replies

Hi.. this may be a silly question but when do they get their mail?  is it daily or just one day a week?  My daughters form letter just came and want to send out her letters.  Just curious how long…Continue

Writing letters

Started by KLaw0523. Last reply by MommaD Apr 11, 2017. 5 Replies

When writing letters what type of enveople can I use and how many pieces of paper can I put into one envelope. I have been writing since the day he left so I have about 20 pages so far. Any…Continue

Dad needs ideas

Started by portside. Last reply by MrsAFJ Dec 7, 2015. 23 Replies

Hi Moms. I need some advice please.My future sailor hasn't yet left for BC but I wanted to get a jump on writing letters to be sent after he is at GL.The issue is, I suffer from those very common…Continue

Easy and unique motivational boost suggestion for letter writers

Started by Geekette70. Last reply by Devon's mom(Tammy) Jun 22, 2015. 3 Replies

My son is currently in BC and was there for Christmas.  This suggestion, though, can be used anytime.  I posted on my wall, my husband's wall, and my son's wall that I would mail JT anything that…Continue

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Comment by lemonelephant on August 27, 2019 at 4:17pm
Comment by Dana on August 27, 2019 at 2:11pm
Jennifer yes it is allowed and my SR has received all of my letters with no issues.
Comment by Jennifer on August 27, 2019 at 1:25pm

Is it okay to send letters in business sized  envelopes ? I just seen on a Facebook page that those will get sent back? Only small envelopes allowed ? 

Comment by Mammagoose on November 16, 2017 at 8:39am
Hi! My son is in week 4 of boot camp and has gotten a ton of mail already (not all from me either) and while he likes it, I'm sure he is running low on space. What do you recommend I send him so he can send that mail home?
Comment by lemonelephant on August 20, 2017 at 11:30pm

I agree with both of you. Stay upbeat and encouraging. There is time for them to discover the things that have happened later.

Comment by Happyone00 on August 20, 2017 at 3:26pm
Hi Tiffytat, cute name!! My son asked for some current events/ world news too, I struggle with what to share since we'd be having discussions if he were here. I am sticking to the encouraging and uplifting stories!
Comment by Tffytat on August 20, 2017 at 8:36am
In one of my recent letters from my SR, he wanted to know about current events in the news. I can't fathom telling him about anything that will deter his focus so I decided to create a newsletter for him telling him of the news of our family inclusive of recent family photos. He can find out about all of the other stuff after PIR.
Comment by lemonelephant on December 2, 2015 at 1:22am

lynnette, When sending letters, you must have the name of a recruit or Sailor to send letters to. Since you now have a Sailor, it will be harder for you to send letters to the RTC to "any recruit', but MAMom2009 has a plan. I'm not sure how it will go, but you can check out Stand Alone Recruits and Letters.

You can check with your Sailor and see if there is anyone who needs some extra encouragement and then send a little Navy Mom love.

Check out Molly's Adopt A Sailor.

Comment by NCNavymom on December 2, 2015 at 12:17am
Have you recieved the form letter? It will include your SR's address.
Comment by lemonelephant on December 2, 2015 at 12:16am

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