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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

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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.

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Moms of Daughters 2


Moms of Daughters 2

A place to come to for support, guidance, to ask questions and share stories. We are all proud of our Navy Daughters.

Members: 1328
Latest Activity: Dec 25, 2020

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Discussion Forum

Bootcamp arrival Sept 8, 2020??

Started by Stephanie0725. Last reply by Shoosh Oct 5, 2020. 4 Replies

Hello! Got the call that my daughter made it to bootcamp quarantine last night 09/08/2020.  Looking for other moms out there on the same timeline. Sadie is my baby, only daughter, and only child in the military.  I think I am going to need lots of…Continue

PIR DATE: December 13, 2019

Started by Donita. Last reply by Donita Nov 5, 2019. 5 Replies

Anyone else’s recruit have a PIR date ofDecember 13, 2019?Continue

Arrived at boot camp October 2nd

Started by Donita. Last reply by B'sNukeMoM⚓️MMN Nov 5, 2019. 26 Replies

Hey everyone- my daughter left for boot camp October 2nd. I missed a call from her last Friday telling me that her graduation is December 13th. I feel like the worst mom in the world for missing her call. Really didn’t expect her to call so soon but…Continue

Soon to arrive @ A school

Started by Bigfamilysimplejoy. Last reply by Deanna Sep 12, 2019. 4 Replies

So, I have a question that hopefully one of you could help with. My daughter graduated last friday(9/6), and she has to wait till the end of this week before she leaves Great Lakes for Virginia to go to her A school. I know I can send her phone to…Continue

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Comment by Oleander on September 5, 2020 at 12:55pm

Blondie --- how many degrees of separation are there??? That's crazy, I love it!

And LadyBluefire - your daughter is in Pensacola now too?

Q should be off quarantine tomorrow...and JayDee the weather's looking much better, I believe she has plans to go off base and see some of the area!

Comment by Anna on September 4, 2020 at 8:33pm


Good to see you here again!!!  


When we were traveling we visited so many mountains - Washington, Wyoming, Montana, Oregon, California, Colorado, so many!!  Camped outside the Rocky Mountains! But those places were either too far west to be near the children or had too much snow.  The Smokies seemed like the best choice for us!!  What does your daughter do in P'cola??


I have such an interesting little story for you.  I told Jenn about Q's training and she knows exactly where your girl is!! After the shooting incident Jenn's crew moved into that building for a time being while the Navy was getting another building ready for them.  They had to be out by the spring because the other occupants needed all their space by then!!!!!

Comment by LadyBluefire on September 4, 2020 at 10:00am

Shoosh you will come out of this experience stronger for it!

Oleander - I think you figured out Blondie's secret identity. It is good when they re-up when they don;t have an exit plan. We advised our kids to do the same. My oldest son is already saying he may do 20. His job is cake so I can understand why.

JayDee - I was wondering about Tiger Cruises. Was it a WestPac? My husband and his dad did a Tiger Cruise near the end of his WestPac tour. Picked up in HI and dropped off in CA. Congrats on your daughter getting LPO! What is her rate? We stay in Perdido Key when we visit our girl in Pensacola.

Blondie - in contrast I put 5,000 miles on my car in as many years! My hubby has more as we drove to NM and back, GA and back and VA and back. I can't imagine 6 appts in 7.5 hours! That is impressive as dr appts can go long unless they are better about wait times these days, lol. My dad was stationed at Bentwaters and I went to Woodbridge Elementary and High School and we lived in Leiston - almost an hour from base.

Anna - oh the Blue Ridge mts are so beautiful! I stayed in Pigeon Forge once and of course NC. We saw where they filmed part of the Last of the Mohicans.

Comment by Blondie on September 4, 2020 at 8:24am

Shoosh, hang in there.  Babies always lift our spirits!  My daughter was over seas 5 years and missed a lot of funerals, weddings, births....It's always hard but we do the best we can. We have to think of their mental health too. After the fact my daughter was Always glad we withheld information.   I'm sorry for your losses. Gentle Hugs

Anna, so it's like going home for you. LOL  Glad you have good memories of the area and pray they survive. 

Comment by Oleander on September 3, 2020 at 2:16pm

Hahaha, well Anna - I might've got that wrong but you ARE a rock star : )  (Clearly I've never been in intelligence LOL)

Shoosh, there's no way I could've maintained under the conditions you've have.  I'm so sorry to hear you're having to deal with all this. Anna's 100% right, you handled it well by not telling her while she's in bc. Come here, tell us and vent with us. That's what we're here for. Sending a big navy mom hug

Comment by Anna on September 3, 2020 at 1:34pm


I am so sorry to hear of your losses.  That would be enough to keep your emotions raw.  You made the right decision to not tell her yet, I had to keep news like that from my son when he was in bootcamp and a real good friend of his died in a car accident.  No need to give them anything to distract them from all they are going through.

Comment by Anna on September 3, 2020 at 1:24pm


I totally understand having 5 serving!!!  Our oldest son is the only of our 4 kids that had no interest in going in the military.  But you’re right, if having a goal like that helps with his current school studies than it is all good!!!! 


I’m sorry, I thought I mentioned that we are living in Asheville, NC!!!  Actually, our apartment is just north of the city between Woodfin and Weaverville.  It is pretty quiet here and not as much traffic. And I have a fantastic view of the Blue Ridge Mountains!!!!

I love Perdido Key!!  Jennifer lives not far from there. She is right off the road that takes you to Perdido Key!! There is a small restaurant right as you get over the bridge called The Jellyfish. It is really good food!!!!  And in the same parking lot is a really cool boutique that Jennifer always take me to!!!  At least I hope they both survived the virus shutdowns!!!  It’s called the Barefoot Gypsy. 


I hope your daughter gets a chance to explore a little bit before she finishes her training.  If she can rent a car, she should really try to go to Pensacola Beach just to experience it.  Have lunch at one of the seafood restaurants. And also drive to Perdido Key and go to Johnson Beach which charges an entrance fee.  But active duty military get in free with their ID card.  It is not as crowded as the other beaches because of the entrance fee!!

Your comment made me chuckle!!!  You know me - - I could never do Intelligence!!!  OS is Operations Specialist.  It used to be the old Radarman rating!!!  They changed the name when it became open for women!!!  And yes the #1 girl was in Fallon, NV (of all places – where my son is now!!) and her paperwork went in just before mine!!!  

If anyone out there is listening – I would LOVE to go on a Tiger Cruise before I’m too old to handle those ladders and passageways!!!!

Any word from our new Sailors Shoosh, VillageMum, and Rebecca???

Comment by Shoosh on September 3, 2020 at 1:16pm

Oleander I have not heard anything from my girl. It was a week yesterday. It's so hard. I thought I was doing pretty well, but the last couple of days I have had several breakdowns. We have had several deaths in the family too, one the night before she left (she does not know, we decided not to tell her), one right after she left and one this past Monday. So that isn't helping with my emotions. 

I did have my 3 month old granddaughter for a few hours the other day, that definitely lifted my spirits. 

Thank you again to all of you for your support. xo

Comment by Oleander on September 3, 2020 at 10:24am

Anna -- 2nd Female EVER in Naval Intelligence!!! Plus...if I remember correctly the difference between you and #1 was literally a technicality, right? It just happened that her papers were signed off a nano-second before yours? You're such a rock star!!!

Outstanding JayDee!!! Big congrats to your daughter, that's a huge deal!!! We wish we could've gone on the Tiger Cruise when our girl came back from deployment. Unfortunately we would've had to fly to Hawaii then be on the ship for 10 days! Just couldn't make that amount of time work. Must say tho, it was pretty amazing to be on the dock when they pulled in after 7 months! I still get teary thinking about it.

Blondie - at least as Wonder Woman you could fly from place to place... less miles on your van and from what I can tell your cape would be doing all the work. You might not be quite as exhausted at the end of the day lol!

Hey Villagemum, Shoosh and Rebecca - how are your girls? Any news?

Comment by Blondie on September 2, 2020 at 4:37pm

Hahaha, Wonder women. I like that better then a bunny running around!

Two Tuesdays ago I had a day off (my paying job) I fit in 6 appointments, Doctors, oil change, dog groomers... Oh and had to buy a clothes dryer because my husband broke mine. I just had them load it in my van, hubby had to figure it out once I got home. Left my house at 9 am, stopped to pick up dogs and drop them off again and finally got home for the evening at 4:30. By the time I made supper, ate and showered I was Exhausted.  Told Hubby I should have worked it, at least I would have made money instead of spend it!  And that is why I hurt all the time and can't sleep. Just not enuff hours in the day.


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