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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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This is the final test for your recruits.  When they pass this, they are sailors and trade in their recruit cap for their sailor cap in a capping ceremony afterwards. The ship they do this on was designed by Disney, so it is very realistic. During the 12 hour overnight drill, they encounter every situation that they might face when deployed on a ship.  It is a night of adrenaline and focus. 

Up to 4 divisions can go at once, but sometimes only 2 or 3 go.  Brother divisions go together.  800 and 900 divisions go randomly.  They start with the lowest numbered divisions and move up.  They can start on the Thursday night, a week before PIR.  They skip Fri and Sat nights because of Captains Cup on Saturday (athletic competition between for them!).  They can resume BattleStations Sun-Wed nights during PIR week. Something a Chief said about Battlestations:

150-300 SRs go at a time, 3-10 of them will fail and have to repeat it, the most important thing is TEAMWORK. If the SRs keep their mouths shut, listen, and work as a team, they should pass.

The brother divisions in this PIR group are:

63+64, 65+66, 67+68, 69+70, 71+72, 73+74



"I'm a Sailor" phone calls will start to come in the day they finish, usually starting around 2 pm GL time and going into the evening.  They may need to complete PIR practice first so be patient.  Some may have watch and won't call until the next day.

When you get a BattleStations date from your recruit, post it here and I will add it to the schedule.


*****BattleStations Schedule******(they start late at night and continue through the next morning which is why there are 2 dates posted)

Thurs, Feb 3rd/Fri, Feb 4th   Div 63, 64, 65, 66 (moved back a day due to blizzard)

Sun, Feb 6th/Mon, Feb 7th   Div 67, 68, 804 (moved back from Thurs due to blizzard)

Mon, Feb 7th/Tues Feb 8th   Div 69, 70, 912

Tues, Feb 8th/Wed Feb. 9th  Div 71, 72,  73, 74

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I had a brief phone call with my SR tonight (like 3 minutes lol) and I said I heard BS was the Tues of graduation week and asked him to confirm and he said yes, but he also thought it was going to last 48 hours so I don't know how reliable that is lol. I told him what I know and he was just insistent about the fact that he was going to have to be awake a very long time. Funny the things they fixate on. Hehe. Oh, he did distinctly say it was the 8th, though and all I had said was I guess maybe he did know something for sure!
Thanks, MamaMiri:  They will be up for between 36-40 hours, so he is right about that.  But only 12 hours of that is spent in BattleStations.  They are finally able to go to sleep at either 8 or 10 pm the day they become sailors (I have heard both times).  As far as doing it for 48 hours, they may think that because they are told it is over 2 days and they will be up for a long time.  It is actually done over PARTS of 2 days (starting later at night on the first).  I think the RDCs keep them in the dark on alot of it. Thanks for confirming!
Thanks! That explains a lot. I thought about it later and realized he would be up for 2 days since BS happens overnight. He was very clear about it being the 8th, though!
Yes, he will wake up on Tues morning, about 6 am I would guess unless he has watch before that (some do and are up at 4) and he won't get to bed again until the next night. But they do it...they just run on adrenaline! 
so excited my son has been talking about this in his letters im excited for him and cany wait until feb 8th to get that call
Cant wait to 2/8 for that call!!! got a call yesterday....he thought maybe sunday would be their battlestations....but this scheduled clears it up a bit for me..thanks!!!   GOOD LUCK to all our SR's for battlestations!!!!!!!
larrysmom:  What division is your son in?
Mamawalrus I to do not work but I do care for my mom so I am up often at night taking care of her so I plan to say extra prayers for them that night everytime I wake up to care for mom.
A letter from my daughter confirmed Div 67 is going on Feb 3/4.
Thanks, Lexsmom! 
I have still yet to find out when Division 912 is going to BS.  Any news yet?  I am aware that the 900 divisions perform in I think tomorrows PIR and 2/4 PIR.  Do they usually go before the other divisions?
No word yet, himmiemom.  If you hear anything, please post the date for 912! They can go at random times.


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