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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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When Will the Recruits be Paid?

The following is provided by lemonelephant, the mom of a Sailor.


It will take about a month before your Recruit will be paid because it takes a while for everything to get entered in the system, but be assured, your Recruit will receive the pay from the day he/she was sworn in at MEPS on the way to the RTC. Pay days are the 1st and the 15th, but those who choose to have the pay directly deposited into a Navy Federal Credit Union account will see the deposit a day earlier. Here are some examples of when others have received that first deposit: arrived March 8 – deposit March 31 (this Recruit must have chosen NFCU), arrived December 2 – deposit January 1, arrived May 28 – deposit July 1, arrived May 20 – deposit June 15. It would appear that Recruits in TG 47 should receive that first deposit on or before the September 15 pay day. You can be pleasantly surprised if a deposit is made earlier than that.  Some in the group indicated that their SR was paid on August 31 or September 1.


They don't get paystubs. Their LES (Leave and Earning Statement) is online at The mypay account appears to be set up by the recruit at some point during the first week or so of BC.


It will take 3-4 pay days for the pay to settle at what will be the norm for your Recruit/Sailor. Pay days are the 1st and the 15th and they will be paid half of their monthly earnings on each pay day. Remember that state and federal taxes are taken out as well as the premium for life insurance (SGLI, which is about $27 a month). The first few deposits are not the same because the first deposit is prorated from when the Recruit first arrived and that deposit and/or the next one will have deductions for the NEX card the Recruit is issued for the things for the Seabag and things that are needed at BC and for uniforms. Note that they get a uniform allowance, so money is put in and then taken back out for the various uniform parts. The pay depends on their rate.


If something happens and a Recruit is sent home, he/she will be paid for that time.


BAH (Basic Allowance for Housing) does start from day one, but you won't see it in the accounts right away. In fact, some don’t see it until after the Sailor has left boot camp.

Medical coverage for Recruits begins as soon as they swear in at MEPS, as does life insurance. Dependents are also covered under medical from day one. The Recruit must enter them on page two and get them enrolled in DEERS (Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System). This happens the first week in processing during boot camp.


The link, Navy Pay Charts, provides information to help figure out the pay and BAH.


This is the calculator for BAH, it is based on the zip code where the dependent resides.


Here is the Navy Pay and Compensation Calculator. (You may not be able to open this. I can some days and can’t on others.)
Enter the Sailor's pay grade, date of entry, tax filing status, dependents, DOB, ZIP code, etc. and out pops all the pay and compensation (BAH, BAS, uniform replacement, etc), both gross and take home. It shows the tax breaks (allowances aren't taxed!), the value of benefits not in the pay check (free health care!) and projected retirement benefits for career Sailors. Your Sailor MAY get up to $4000 a year from the Navy College Program if taking off duty classes (a grossly under used benefit).


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