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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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Some Beginning Posts: BC Days and How to Count them;Security Clearance Calls

Here's a post FTLW did on the "counting.of days" at BC.

Boot Camp Days ~ How to Count them...

Boot Camp is anywhere from 7.5 to 9 weeks (longer around Holiday time in Nov to Jan), actual weeks of time there. This is all generic and based on an "ideal" scenario of 8 weeks.

"Week1" is "P" Processing days...usually about 5 days could be longer. "Weeks 2-7" are Training Weeks.
"Week 8" is the final week and PIR. P days are counted P1, P2, P3 etc. up to 5. After 5 I believe they then says "P" Hold...but that is one I have not been able to confirm yet.
Days of Training (DOT) are counted W1D1...Week1 Day1...and so on up to 5. W2D1 is Week2 Day1.
Here is an exemplar based on a recruit whose W1D1 day is on a Wednesday. (I'm not starting with P days since they can vary)
W - W1D1
Th - W1D2
F - W1D3
Saturday and Sunday do not count in the counting of "P" or DOT days.
M - W1D4
T - W1D5
W - W2D1
So, their Day 1 will always be on the same day... ...except if there is a Federal Holiday. Then, it pushes it forward a Day. So,...the above SR has Day3 on Friday...Monday is a Federal is treated like a Sunday. Now, T is Day 4 instead of M...and you start counting from there again. W - Day5 Th - Day1.

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When you write your recruit...ask them to write the actual date and the DOT next to it.

There is the possibility of you receiving a phone call from your SR (Seaman Recruit) during the first one to two weeks after their arrival for Security Clearance info. I received mine one week after my son arrived at RTC. Had no idea it would come that fast. I'd only really been on the site for a week or two, so I had NOTHING ready! So... if your Recruit has a rating that requires security clearance information...800 Divisions, IT's, CTI's CTT's Nukes, AT's (the list goes on!), anyone that handles confidential info...have a list of references by the phone.

This is a short business call and is monitored. No time for chit chat...but once in a great while the person monitoring the call allows a few extra minutes.

The area code for GL is "847". My security clearance call, the caller ID said "US GOVERNMENT". We have also had "PAY PHONE" reported and then area codes for the surrounding answer all...and just get rid of those telemarketers!

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