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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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Just got our letter today so not sure how many out there have the same information.  7 days in and he says it sucks !!!  probably so !!  we'll start writing to him,  encourage him to keep going and remember that you go through Basic Training, you don't stay there.   Better things await those who persevere !

God Bless all the recruits


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lol...still learning all the navy i know its facebook...
Where do yo find it on facebook?
U.S. Navy Recruit Training Command....that is the RTC facebook under...well photos...i love the photos of the week too
I'm new to FB. I just signed up for it the other night after Nola said pictures from B/S were available on it. I don't have a clue how it works. Can someone please direct me on how to find the pictures? I'm not tech savy. My SR had to show me how to take a picture with my cell phone.
no pics from BST-21...but you can go to youtube and find a cnn video about it...when you log into facebook up in the search bar type U.S. Navy Recruit Training Command and this page should come up...then click on the tab near the top...above where it says "write something" click on the one that says photos...their are PIR photos...also click on Wall photos...some good stuff their...just look at whatever photos intrest you...i also like to go to and just type in navy boot camp, or navy graduation you will find tons of diffrent stuff...good luck...
Thank you so much!
Okay Terra, Why didn't you put a warning on the YouTube videos? Do you know how many tissues I went through?and I didn't even know anyone ! I am bringing a box with me specifically for this purpose. Anyone want to be prepared for PIR just watch any of the videos and I guarantee there won't be a dry eye.
Thank you littlepig11.
i got a phone call two days ago and one tonight its almost here graduation congrats to all the women and men serving our country in bootcamp to their new step in life
Just joined n4m's but I have been reading this site for the past few weeks. I am so excited to see my stepson on Friday. Yes, I am his step mom but I love him as if he was my own. We will be staying at the Residence Inn also and would like to say hi on Thursday night if anyone wants to share. I decided to call myself his Bonus mom because I hate the connotations of the term step mom. Just sharing and Congratulations to all the mom, steps, dads, girlfriends, wives etc.. who will attend on Friday.
kdb-good to have you aboard ! Will look for you to say hello. We will probably be getting in too late to chat but will see you on Friday.
hey there kdb - my husband is coming and he is the step-dad....but I really like your term Bonus dad even better! I'll have to share that with him. I'm also at the Residence Inn....will you be coming to the Meet & Greet at the Ramada from 6-8 on Thursday night?


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