This site is for mothers of kids in the U.S. Navy and for Moms who have questions about Navy life for their kids.



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



ALUMNI OF PIR 10/23/2015 TG 50 - 09 Divisions (353-360, and 950)


ALUMNI OF PIR 10/23/2015 TG 50 - 09 Divisions (353-360, and 950)

This Group is for those that have sailors who graduated Boot Camp on 10/23/2015. A place to keep up with each other as their journey continues.

Location: Great Lakes, IL
Members: 57
Latest Activity: Dec 1, 2016

WELCOME to PIR 10/23/2015! PLEASE See the PAGES section for Informational Posts about BC and PIR. PAGES is underneath the Members Photos. PLEASE scroll down this page here to find the Comment Box to post a reply to the PIR GROUP.



N4M's Community Guidelines

~OPSEC OPerational SECurity, is always of the utmost importance.

~N4M’s also has Community Guidelines just like any other social media.

~Please take the time to read the OPSEC and N4M’s Community Guidelines.

~A quick note here, from the N4M’s CG’s:

• Don’t Jeopardize the Safety of Our Sailors: Remember OPSEC (Operational Security) (Don’t Sink Ships With Loose Lips) This site and all content posted on it are viewable to everyone on the Internet. This doesn’t mean you can’t share things about your Sailor – but too many details can put Sailors in harm’s way. The following are examples of red flags and should not be shared within this community either by posting or sending via a Group message:

• Sailors’ last names. This includes your username if you share the same last name as your son or daughter.

Some Suggestions:

~If your last name is different from your Recruits it is still not recommended for you to use in your username for your own personal security. This is your option. It is also not a good idea to use an email address as your username for personal security reasons.

~First Names and pictures of your Recruit are allowed but remember, everyone can see it and someone can easily match them up with their "mom". So you might want to consider changing your profile picture to not include your Recruit at least for the duration of BC. Again, your option

~It is also a good idea to make your settings for your Profile Page "viewable only to your friends"

Discussion Forum

Comment Wall


You need to be a member of ALUMNI OF PIR 10/23/2015 TG 50 - 09 Divisions (353-360, and 950) to add comments!

Comment by SCNavy2015 on October 22, 2015 at 1:51am

Looking forward to meeting all the 356 Moms. Scorpiozen, so with you.Work was torture. Flying out 6 am from CA tomorrow. Best to all.

Comment by Nancy on October 21, 2015 at 10:19pm
Safe travels to you. I flew in from CA today. Worried about weather when I made reservations a few weeks ago. It's beautiful here.Can't wait for Fri. Hope to meet some of you. This web site has kept me sane during my Sailor's bc. NMH
Comment by kathy0303 on October 21, 2015 at 8:02pm
Leaving for Illinois in the morning. Don't know how I'm supposed to sleep tonight! Everyone, safe travels!
Comment by Kamsmom11 on October 21, 2015 at 5:01pm
I have a Sailor.....
Comment by Ichiban71 on October 21, 2015 at 4:26pm
I just got the call. My son is now a SAILOR!!!! So proud of him and everyone that's graduating.
Comment by FireTeamLeaderWife aka FTLW on October 21, 2015 at 3:40pm

A few personal PIR Notes:


Are cold! I brought a shawl to either sit on or wrap myself in.

Don't set anything down on the bench that is thin like a camera, cell phone, keys, etc. The floors of the bleachers are solid except underneath the seats there are openings just wide enough and about a foot (?) long for modern day devices to fall is like a black won't get it back.


Take a few practice shots before the ceremony. They can come out dark. I think it's all the grey paint LOL.

You may start photography when you enter the Visitors enter (USS YORKTOWN) and in Midway Ceremonial Drill hall...only. Photography is not allowed anywhere else onboard RTC. You risk having your camera confiscated and the pictures deleted. Also, your Sailor could get in trouble. They are your sponsor while you are onboard RTC.

SMOKING is also not permitted onboard RTC.


There are concession stands at either end of the PIR hall that sell soft drinks COFFEE water and some snacks. You may bring some snacks into the Hall with you if needed for yourself, little ones and those that may need it for medical reason. They used to sell "Dixie cup" (Mens style)Sailor hats for the kiddies for $5. I hope they still do.


Are not permitted in the Drill hall. Posters obstruct others view. Plus, this is a Formal ceremony and they do not suit the event. You may keep these items in your car and present them to your Sailor following PIR but remember that they may not bring those items back onboard RTC when they return from Liberty.


Use of wheelchairs and manually-powered mobility aids are authorized onboard RTC. Wheelchair accommodations are provided on the Drill deck and a companion seat is made available for someone to sit with them. RTC does have wheel chairs on a first-come first-serve basis. Also, if you need handicapped parking be sure to show your placard to Security in the Gate Shack and they will direct you to handicapped parking.

Comment by Jess on October 21, 2015 at 1:34pm
Torture! Cannot wait to just get there. I'm afraid of all these rules. There is no doubt I will forget so having some self control when I see my beautiful new Sailor will be so hard!
It'll be nice to meet all you Mom's and Dad's too. This is so overwhelming! Just a glimpse into what our children have been through over the last 8 weeks. Wooohoo. I can't focus at work either! Cell in hand waiting for that call! Xoxoxox to you all!
Comment by scorpiozen on October 21, 2015 at 1:15pm

Can. Not. Focus. at work today.  We're leaving tonight on a red-eye to Chicago!

Comment by Mamaren05 on October 21, 2015 at 12:24pm

Hi Everyone getting excited for PIR!!!! whoohoo! I heard that you cannot hold hands but can link your arm with your Sailor only on their left side as they need to leave their right arm free for saluting? Also that while they are out on liberty they must keep their cover on outdoors? Is this correct? 

Comment by diannep on October 21, 2015 at 11:36am

*outside of PIR Hall on base...


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