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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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You will have to copy and paste this to word and tweak it a little so that it works for you. This is one of the questionnaires I made and sent to my sailor/daughter. It is a great one to send now that your recruits are halfway through. Plus you can get answers to questions you need answers to. And they take less time than writing a letter so the recruits love them. Change it around and make it yours and have fun with it. There are some very encouraging parts near the end. Enjoy!!!


LaLa, The PIR Ribbon making Queen :)


This is a test of the “NavyMoms” broadcasting system, should this be an actual GPA butt busting exam you would have been informed by your RDC. Remember this is only a test!

1. What is your name sailor? _____________________________
2. What is your rank? __________________________________
3. What is your serial number? ______ JK don’t really put that haha.
4. What is today’s date? _______________ BC day? Ex week-1 day-2______________
5. What is the date of Battlestations for your DIV? _______________________
6. How many ribbons have you won and what were they for? __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
7. How many flags has your division won? __________________
8. Tell me something funny about your chief or petty officer. _____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
9. Do you get test grades on the book exams or just a pass or fail? ______________
10. If so, what were the highest and lowest scores you have received? ____________
11. Has anyone made you laugh out loud? __________ Who? ___________________ And why? ______________________________________________________________________________
12. Are you happy with your decision to join the Army? _______________________
13. What? You thought this was the Navy? _______ hahahaha
14. Who is your bunk mate? _____________________________________________
15. Does any he/she snore? _________________________________________________
16. Tell me about your best friend at BC _________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
17. Where will you be going for A-school? _____________________
18. Do you want to be on land, ship, or air? ___________________
(if air you might be in the wrong branch lol.)
19. What is your favorite kind of candy? ______________________
20. What are you missing the most? _________________________
21. Do you even miss your cell phone? __________ I hope not, I donated it to charity, lol JK
22. Is anyone giving you a hard time? __________________ Cause I can come up there and woop some ass!!! No really I can!!! Don't think I won't do it. I have been thinking about breaching that gate.
23. How many hours of sleep do you get each night? ___________
24. Is it getting easier to get up early? _______________________
25. Are you or your whole division Grad N Go or Saturday Departure? _________________

Ok, now is time for some advice.
I guess you have realized that boot camp in many ways has gotten easier in the last couple of weeks. But now it is getting hard again. The RDC’s have loosened up a little and you have made some friends. It is no longer about what you can do. It is about what your group can do together as a team. When you are going through battle stations remember what they want is teamwork. There is no “I” in team. You must be able to work together. Battlestations is to prepare you for an actual emergency on a ship. They have to know that you have what it takes to handle any kind of emergency situation. So when you are going into battlestations think of yourself as just one very small part of a machine. If all the other parts are not working the machine will fail. If one part is having a hard time you must step in and help that part out. If you need to take the lead do it. If you need to let someone else take the lead let them. That’s what teamwork is. You can do this. You should know by now that you have to work together. The RDC’s are not looking for who does the best at this point. They are looking at how well you come together as a group and how you handle an emergency. Take care of your team first and do your part. Help those who are having a hard time. Don’t think you can’t be set back at this point because you can. You have to keep busting your ass to get this done. You have come too far and grown too much to turn back. Now it is time to finish this task. If a division does bad as a group it looks bad on the person in charge. It makes him/her look like they didn’t do their job. So bust your butts and get this done together as a team. You can do this. Most recruits say battle stations is fun after it is over. But you must have that teamwork. So make sure everything y’all do from this point on is all about teamwork. Yeah!!!! GO TEAM!!! You got this, you really do. Good luck! And this Navy Mom loves you all….

26. Answer only questions 1 -3 above. Hasn’t the Navy taught you anything? Lol Only give your name, rank and serial number Sailor !!!!!!

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Love this!!!! Lala I have already told my daughter that I would come to Chicago and kick some ass if she needed me too!!! She really thinks I'm crazy!!! LOL

lol, you sound like me, no one messes with my baby. Today is her 22nd birthday and I wish she was here:-( I am going to call a bakery and send her a huge cake to work :-)

My Son loved the first one I sent, I changed it up a bit and his answers were hilarious! Thanks for taking the time to do this Lala...Queen of Ribbons :-)!

Thank you Lala, my son loves these, he's got me writing myself, I "personalize" them and they work great.  You are one awesome lady!!

Yhanks so much ladies :-) I am glad you and your soon to be Sailors like them.


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