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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From RTC FB:

Posted 12/09/2014

Eligible recruits from the Training Groups graduating Dec. 31 and Jan. 9 who wish to invite their family to adopt them for the Adopt-A-Sailor program have mailed the official form to the family member of their choice. Eligible family members who are authorized to arrive on base to pick up their recruit include: mother, father, grandparents, siblings, aunts, uncles and cousins.

In order to ensure ...the safety of recruits during Adopt-a-Sailor, no other individuals besides those listed above are authorized to fax the yellow form to the Public Affairs Office and arrive on base on Christmas morning. Any deviance from this is against command policy at Recruit Training Command.

For those family members who plan on adopting their recruit on Christmas morning, after faxing your completed form to the Public Affairs Office, please bring the original copy for access to the base. Recruits who are not adopted by an immediate family member will enjoy a day of great food and relaxation with a host organization in the Greater Chicago area.

Recruits who are leaving base with an immediate family member are allowed to bring one shipmate along with them. However, recruits must plan this with their family beforehand. They are the only individuals who can choose who they wish to accompany them on Christmas. Any undocumented pairings without the recruit’s knowledge is not allowed.

The Adopt-a-Sailor program is a long-standing tradition at Recruit Training Command. Thank you for keeping it a success with your support!
~Fax AND email a copy of the Yellow Form to RTC and make sure you get a Confirmation from them.
~The Yellow Form acts as your "Vehicle Gate Pass" for entry to RTC for Adopt-A-Sailor. Also have DL,  Vehicle Registration, Proof of Insurance. Rental Vehicles-your Rental Agreement and DL is good.
~I am not seeing a time to pick them up, but once you know...get there early!! There will be a line to enter RTC. ALSO, bring your Recruit back EARLY to RTC as there will be a line again. On time is LATE in the Military.
~You will be entering the same Gate that you will use for PIR so a good "dry run". It is Gate 8 off of OHIO. Park in the Parking Garage and walk to the Visitors Center.
~Have your ID and the Form ready to go when you go to pick your Recruit up. Hand these to personnel and they will pull the copy of your form and hand that to another personnel member who will call your Recruit.
~You will have to wait for them to come out and may stand against the wall while waiting.
~DO NOT HUG YOUR RECRUIT WHEN THEY COME OUT. They want you to get them and leave the building. Hug 'em outside :-) But just a quick one, no PDA. You're Recruit will need their right hand free at all times to be able to Salute higher ranking personnel and a properly displayed flag. No hand holding, extended hugs or kisses etc. Ladies,  may take the LEFT arm of your Recruit like being escorted. Female Recruits may take the RIGHT arm of their male escorts.
~Most important of all...HAVE A BLESSED TIME WITH YOUR RECRUIT <3
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