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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 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).  

Specific information on this policy change will be provided in the coming days and weeks.

We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience and appreciate your support.


RTC Graduation

**UPDATE 3/07/2022**

Mask Mandate has been lifted but you are still required to be vaccinated.


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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Hey everyone! My son doesn't leave for boot camp until 2/5/18 but I'm trying to get ahead in all my info.
Is it true that only 4 people can attend graduation? Sorry if that sounds like a dumb question but I'm new here and that's the info I've gotten so far from the Naval website.

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Yes only 4. I know. Disappointment slaps you in the face. Bit, it's not that big inside, and if you figure 4 a recruit out of probably 3 or 400 tecruits that's alot of folks.

Yes, Dena.  Four people are allowed to attend - unless it is an unusually large graduation - then it is 3.  You will get that information in the "form letter" that you will receive about a week to ten days after your son leaves.

Many hotels in the area have large screen TV's in the lobby and live-stream the graduation.  There is also a link that can be used to live-stream from a laptop.

I know that you have tons of questions.  I did, and this site was a literal life-saver and source of reliable information. For SURE find and print off the list "What to do in the last 30 days before your sailor leaves."  You will be glad you did.

If you go to graduation, plan on attending Sarge's Meet and Greet.  Info on that is also on this site.  You will meet family members of sailors in your son's division and get a lot of helpful information.

If possible, stay at the Navy Lodge - but make reservations early.  It is very close to the base and the rates are very reasonable.

Above all - take it a day at a time.  Ask any questions you have.  Enjoy the remaining time with your son.  God bless. Hope this helps.

Good Morning Dena welcome to the site. I will post a few things for you on sites to read ok and if you have any questions feel free to ask.

Can recruits take anything to BC with them?

Recruits should go with what they have on their backs, their cell phones, and not much else. (See Things to Do in the Last Month Before Your Future Sailor Leaves for....)


What will the first day be like at BC?

See Arrival and What Happens at the RTC and Ship/Division--How it Works.

How long is the "I'm here!" call and when will s/he be able to call again?

See Phone Cards and Phone Calls.

before your son leaves he can have a wallet so he can have at least 20 bucks inside book of stamps, a activated calling card, address book small one with phone numbers and addresses. ID, Social, and if he has an account he can take his info for that. if he takes his cell phone know that they will be shipping it back with his clothes that will be the box you receive with shoes and clothes. Once his PIR is listed it will give you the info on how many guest are allowed and also on his form Letter as well.

Have a Great Day and best wishes to your son!


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