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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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PIR 1-07-11 Discussions (32)

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Blue Star flag article.

I promised this over the weekend. Just now got around to finding it and posting it. It was distributed by The Associated Press about two we…

Started by Hoosiermom Ship12DIv.036

1 Nov 23, 2010
Reply by ericsmom (ship12 div033)

My newspaper column, published Sat. 11-13-10, for OUR SRs

I changed names for my son's security. Thought I'd share this with you. I rarely write first person but it was appropriate this time. I’v…

Started by Hoosiermom Ship12DIv.036

7 Nov 17, 2010
Reply by BADma

'kiddilies'....things your sailor said....

 As I think about my son ,who signed up as a machinist mate, I remember him at 5 telling Grandma: "Gimme a brush Grandma and we'll get this…

Started by BADma

5 Nov 12, 2010
Reply by D~W~G

Their Formal Photos Information..

Here are the packages, prices and important things to know as of 8/26/10:   Your recruits picture will be taken in their Navy Blue uniform…

Started by Lydia (For B - The Sea is Ours)

2 Nov 11, 2010
Reply by Lydia (For B - The Sea is Ours)

Looking for PIR date!

Hi to all, I am new at this, my son left for GL on November 2. We have not heard from him except for that one minute call to tell us he had…

Started by QueenBehShip02Div907GL

3 Nov 10, 2010
Reply by Lydia (For B - The Sea is Ours)

Hotels for PIR

Hello group...Does anyone know a good website to check for cheap flights and a close hotel to stay in while in Chicago???

Started by PreciousMom (Ship 12 Div 038)

5 Nov 10, 2010
Reply by diannep

My son LOVED the questionaires.. saved him time which they have little of here is a sample of one...remember make them smile

More questions to answer--The food is...a) mushyb) all the same colorc) delicious and I'll miss it!d) not as good as Mom'sMy bunk (is)a) be…

Started by Lydia (For B - The Sea is Ours)

3 Nov 10, 2010
Reply by Lydia (For B - The Sea is Ours)

What to do in Chicago during PIR weekend swipped from JessicaB

Here's a little info   - Military personel get free admission to all museums in Chicago! Plus most Chicago White Sox Games!Here are some ot…

Started by Lydia (For B - The Sea is Ours)

1 Nov 9, 2010
Reply by Ms. Ampi USS Germantown

Famous Navy Quotes you can copy and paste on the heading of your letters.. inspirational!!

At the head of each letter to my son I would put one of these quotes.........   Famous Navy Quotes: Who Said Them and When "...without a R…

Started by Lydia (For B - The Sea is Ours)

0 Nov 9, 2010

Phasing Up while in A school after boot camp.... I got this from Jacq on Pcola site

Hope this helps....  yes they have sooo much more freedom and so do you once they leave BC   Once your sailor has completed INDOC he/she wi…

Started by Lydia (For B - The Sea is Ours)

0 Nov 9, 2010


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