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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 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).  Still limited to 2 guests maximum.

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 7/16/2021**




**UPDATE - 2020**

Due to COVID there is no public PIR. The graduations are on Thursday, and the video of the graduation is posted on RTC's FaceBook on Friday at approx 3pm. Please keep in mind that a division may need to complete additional quarantine during training which will delay their graduation.

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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A place for past, present and future mom's of NROTC students to exchange information and support. Family, friends, and others can gather general information about Navy ROTC and officer programs. Everyone is welcome !!

Members: 155
Latest Activity: Apr 13, 2021

Discussion Forum

How to pick NROTC units for scholarship app?

Started by rudyinok. Last reply by Suzie Nov 20, 2018. 31 Replies

Hello :)  I am very new to this forum, but my son has been wanting to be a Navy officer for several years now.  He is now a junior at a special math and science high school.  He will graduate from this high school in May 2014.  so, this coming…Continue

PRK for Aviation

Started by willysmom. Last reply by 2017Commission Aug 18, 2017. 8 Replies

Hi my son is a sophomore at USC and is planning on applying for flight school (I'm sure that is not the correct term for it) but he will need prk or lasik. He has been told that either is fine and that we just find a doctor to do it and get it…Continue

Looking to join navy, need help

Started by Hopefulnavyrecruit. Last reply by 2017Commission Aug 18, 2017. 1 Reply

Hello everybody. Thanks for reading this, I'll try to keep it short.I am 17 years old, and I did not receive a normal, steady, education because of moving around so much all the time as a kid. I finally learned fractions last year, and am now on…Continue

Son not selected for NROTC scholarship

Started by luckymomx4. Last reply by Suzie Aug 2, 2017. 13 Replies

Our youngest son, Mark wasn't selected to receive the Navy ROTC Scholarship. He applied to 5 colleges and so far has received letters of acceptance to 3 so far. No clue as to why. We really thought he was going to get it. He applied in August 2015…Continue

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Comment by LakeviewMom on June 8, 2019 at 9:13pm

Glenni,  I am so glad to hear that. I hope your son has a great time and learns a lot.   I knew there was some kind of ROTC thing happening in Newport because some of my son's friends reported there to work for several weeks.  Christina

Comment by Glenni on June 7, 2019 at 10:20pm

So SeaTrials is back on! He goes to RI next month. Anybody’s Midshipman been through SeaTrials?

Comment by Glenni on May 18, 2019 at 12:51pm

Thank you so much for your perspective and insight lasersailor. And it's good to know that despite the last minute changes, the cruises still happened LakeviewMom. Thank you for your input!

Comment by LakeviewMom on May 15, 2019 at 12:45pm

I cannot speak to this summer, but I can say that my midshipman has had last minute changes to his summer cruise plans the last 2 years, as did most of his battalion mates.  I do hope your mid gets to sea in some way this summer.  I know mine got a lot out of his summer cruises.

Comment by lasersailor on May 14, 2019 at 11:21pm

Looking at the political events and military funding, this is not a surprise. The rush to get a task force to the Persian Gulf, the recent launch of a ballistic missile by the North Koreans and the lack of naval ships can play havoc with training. The reduction of military funding, the poor state of ships, the lack of training opportunities that resulted in collisions of navy ships on deployment a few years back revealed that there wasn't enough personnel and ships to meet peacetime requirements. Lately events have resulted in more demands for overseas support so midshipman cruises are suffering.

Comment by Glenni on May 14, 2019 at 9:51pm

Anybody else in here have 2nd class midshipmen this summer? Is it as crazy for your mids as it is for mine? At first there wasn't going to be a 2nd class cruise, just SeaTrials. Then no sea trials just a cruise, then both. He was scheduled to leave tomorrow for a sub cruise, and it got cancelled late yesterday. Sea Trials is cancelled, too. Is everybody's summer this crazy??

Comment by Alaskan Mom on November 18, 2018 at 9:30pm

Claire24,  I replied on your post in another group but thought I would put it here also......

Hi Claire24.  My daughter was commissioned in 2013 through NROTC at her University.  She was Commissioned on Saturday and Graduated from school on Sunday.  NROTC kids often have a different experience than OCS kids.  Your son's service selection (job area) will dictate his post commissioning timeline.

My daughter's service selection was Surface Warfare Officer, so soon after she chose her ship at ship selection day in February she received her orders to her ship.  She graduated from college in Early May and had to be at her ship in Norfolk Virginia on June 7th.  However she was assigned to her NROTC unit starting the Monday after Graduation and she had to go "work" there every day until her PCS leave started on about June 1st, giving her about a week of leave to move out of her apartment and make her way half way across the country to Virginia. PCS = Permanent Change of Station. She was essentially a full time US Navy officer from the day she was commissioned.  She did not get any leave after graduation, except to move to her ship.    This does however vary by their job choice.  Some of the pilots she commissioned with did not have to report to duty for a year or 18 months after they graduated as their was a training backlog . They however did not get paid until they reported, and had to find other jobs etc.  

Your son should find out which service he has selected and been granted by Christmas, and that will give him a better idea of the when etc.   He also should be able to get good information from his ROTC unit about what he should expect his post commissioning timeline will look light, based on his service selection.  

The BIG lesson here is.... once they are commissioned, the Navy owns them and the Navy will be in charge of the where and when.  It isn't negotiable based on individual or family needs or desires, it is based solely on Navy needs.  This continues throughout their career.  For us moms it can be a hard pill to swallow, but it is so rewarding to watch them grow and develop!

Good Luck!

Comment by Claire24 on November 18, 2018 at 9:15pm

Anyone have a recently-graduated student? I'm curious what your experience has been with how things flowed following graduation/commissioning. When did they receive their orders? How soon did they head to their school of training or assignment? What was their first year like following graduation?


Comment by Glenni on August 19, 2018 at 8:45pm

CORTRAMID was a fabulous experience! My MDSN went to Norfolk, but was sent to San Diego for sub week. Then after Marine week at Camp LeJeune, they boarded an amphibious assault vessel that was coming home from deployment to head back to Norfolk. He absolutely loved it! Now we are heading into his third class year.

Comment by Glenni on July 10, 2018 at 9:49am

Anybody here have a Midshipman leaving for Norfolk tomorrow?


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