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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 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).  

Specific information on this policy change will be provided in the coming days and weeks.

We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience and appreciate your support.


RTC Graduation

**UPDATE 8/25/2022 - MASK MANDATE IS LIFTED.  Vaccinations still 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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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 they posted in response to the comment.  Once it was done, I printed the posts out and mailed it to him.  A large part of the posts were people he didn't even know (mainly my husband's and my friends) who thanked him for his service, many former sailors who gave him advice, etc.  It was very moving and he really appreciated it.  Here's what I posted to our wall:

THIS IS YOUR OPPORTUNITY TO SEND A MESSAGE TO "Recruit's Name" IN BOOT CAMP!!!!! (Even if you don't know "recruit", just saying "Thank you" is appreciated more than you could imagine.)
"Recruit"'s mom here. As most of you know, "Recruit" is currently in Navy boot camp. Reply to this post and I'll mail it to him so he knows you're pulling for him. (Be encouraging, he's going to need it.) It's currently 14 degrees at Great Lakes RTC and he's probably running on 5 hours of sleep a day, so anything you can post will be appreciated (memories, jokes, photos, whatever.) I will print out and snail mail every response to this post on Saturday.

A word of advice, my son had his FB page set up to approve all posts to his wall, so it didn't show up when I originally did it.  You may want to check their wall to see if it's there after you post.  

I eventually went in and approved it on his phone so that it would show up.  His FB account was password locked, but the browser on his phone still had him logged in and I approved the post for him there.  I only mention this because it increased the amount of responses I got.  He later sent his PW for me to post his address (which I'd already done) and we don't really have privacy issues, but please consider only doing this if you don't think your recruit will feel it's a violation of trust.  I do NOT advocate breaching their privacy like that if you are not 100% sure they are okay with that.   

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That's a really nice idea. I think my son would be mad if I did that:( He even told me not to put a banner on the house welcoming him home the first time he comes back! I told him that I might do it anyway after a deployment. He gets embarrassed easily.

Thanks for the idea. I think I'll do this. My son doesn't realize how much he's loved. When we had his "Off to Boot Camp" dinner at a local restaurant about 20 people showed up. Afterwards he told me, "I can't believe that many people came. What he doesn't realize is more would have come had it not been for the expense of the meal. 

AWESOME idea! 


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