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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 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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The Ten OPSEC and COMSEC Points:

Don't discuss future destinations or ports of call!
Don't discuss future operations or missions!
Don't discuss dates and times of when we will be in port or conducting exercises!
Don't discuss readiness issues and numbers!
Don't discuss specific training equipment!
Don't discuss people's names and billets in conjunction with operations!
Don't speculate about future operations!
Don't spread rumors about operations!
Don't assume the enemy is not trying to collect information on you so he can kill you, he is!
Be smart, use your head, and always think OPSEC and COMSEC when using email or phone!

Rules of thumb for parents and loved ones:
*If your sailor indicates to you they can't tell you something, believe them. Don't try to coax them into telling.
*If it is published by the navy about where a ship or unit has been (not going), that is when it's okay to share.
*If your sailor is in a high security area, say a nuke or EOD, consider using a nick name for them and you, a seperate email without your name on it, and don't even tell where YOU live. Let them tell you what they want you to tell others or if they are worried about info, always let them know you are on here. That's why they are careful on here about only putting first names on your profile page.
*Be aware, the OPSEC 10 points are about what they can't talk about. Think about what YOU might share as a parent or loved one of a military member that could cause trouble. You also have a responsibilty.
*Be respectful and teach other parents if they don't know and say too much, no need to be disrespectful or mean to them about it. Just guide them and let them know they maybe need to rewrite or delete the post. There isn't a member on here that wants to cause trouble or harm. They just aren't thinking or don't know.

Discussion Forum

Gulfport house for lease

Started by Dona Feb 24, 2020. 0 Replies

Ft. Leonard Wood

Started by BabyFox. Last reply by lifesimplified Apr 2, 2019. 4 Replies

Laptop needed for A school?

Started by Skye. Last reply by Skye Oct 18, 2018. 2 Replies

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Comment by JiggsMom on April 27, 2019 at 10:57pm

Hello, Lisa.  I am not on this site much anymore because my son has been in the Navy now since September 2017.  I see emails that come through on occasion and recently saw yours.  My son went to Ft. LW for A school and then to Gulfport for training.  Not much to do in FLW, but the time went fast.  It is an Army base, so the Navy group there is very small, which I think someone else mentioned.  We did get to see him one weekend before he finished up which was awesome.  He did not go directly to Gulfport, as there were not enough at the time.  So, it was a bit crazy that he had to go to Port Hueneme, CA (home base) for a short time, then to Gulfport and then back to PH.

He is doing well and seems to be enjoying himself as an EO.  He just finished up his first deployment which was still state side on San Clemente Island, off of San Diego (not too bad:)

The one thing I would say to you is:  be flexible and don't expect to know what is going on all of the time.  It can be frustrating but we are no longer in charge and it is all about what the Navy needs/wants.  We are waiting to hear if our son will get leave this summer that he has requested and it could be a last minute answer.  

Stay positive and treasure those face time calls when you can.  It has helped us when we are missing our son, but he seems happy and that is all we can hope for.  I will keep you in my thoughts as you get ready to go to Boot Camp graduation and hug your son.  Enjoy!  It gets a little easier when BC is over.

Comment by LisaAnn on April 27, 2019 at 1:21pm

Seabee Mum

Thanks for sharing the experience that your daughter had upon arrival to Ft. Leonard Wood.  I know my son will be using the Pizza Hut delivery often.  

Comment by Seabee Mum-E on April 25, 2019 at 5:13pm
My daughter arrived at Leonard Wood Saturday night and today (Thurs) she started her first “official” A school class. She will be there right under 3 months. They’ve already asked her to be class leader yesterday for this new group. She says there’s a gas station they can walk to about a mile away on base and that Pizza Hut delivers, lol. The room did have minimal bedding and a towel/cloth with a huge closet. Just a handful of Navy there. She has PT at 4am in the mornings. No one else she knows has received their duty assignment but she has-Coranado, California. She says the NEX type place is way on the other side of the base, lol and she still doesn’t have her address. Hopefully we will get that soon! Anyone else know about Coranado, Calif or Leonard Woods (lovingly known as camp lost in the woods)? Thank you for your time!!!
Comment by catsandkoi on March 19, 2019 at 10:36pm

Hi LisaAnn! My son is an SW in Gulfport. He just finished A school and is now in combat school, also in Gulfport. When he first got to Gulfport, he had to wait a week or so to "class up" (to start A school when they have enough members.)

At first he was frustrated because you still don't have a lot of freedom. You have to take a few tests to phase up to wear civilian clothes, leave base etc. So he complained about that a lot. Then OTHER guys got in trouble out in town and everyone got phased down!

He was still getting up at 4 am for PT, watches etc. But he was able to call home almost every day during lunch, so that was nice. 

Once he graduated, he had the opportunity to take leave and came home for 10 days. He did RAP duty for 5 days (working with the local recruiting office) so he could earn those 5 days off back. (5 is the most you can earn.)

So it was better than BC, but still some challenges to navigate through.  And once he graduates A school, at some point your son will go to Gulfport for combat training. I asked around about it, and it's not always clear if it's right after A school, or longer down the road. Hope some of that helps! Good luck!!

Comment by LisaAnn on March 19, 2019 at 9:22pm

Lifesimplified-  my son just left for BC on 3/14/19 and is also an EO and will be going to Ft. Leonard Wood in MO after his PIR on 5/10/19.  It would be great to hear how the transition from BC to A school goes.

Comment by catsandkoi on March 5, 2019 at 4:32pm

We've got boots in the house! My son graduated SW A school yesterday and has 2 weeks before he starts combat school, so he's home for a visit! So nice to have him around again. :)

Comment by belovedbyHim on February 27, 2019 at 6:15pm

Lifesimplified-- Depending on where you are flying in from Milwaukee or Midway might be more affordable.  Southwest offers the best options for a flight and the ability to change flight dates and times if needed.(but they are not out of O'Hare)  IF you are renting a car then while it is a few more miles Milwaukee has less traffic (depending on the time of day of course.) Sunday is still the better bet to fly out since you are not stressed about making your flight if your sailor has a later flight at a different airport.  You really won't be sleeping much so know that ahead of time as well!  There is a whole file on Traveling for PIR in the files section or your PIR group on FB may have more details for you as well.

Comment by lifesimplified on February 27, 2019 at 5:17pm
Thank you belovedbyHim! I will book mine to OHare and just wish for the best.
Comment by belovedbyHim on February 27, 2019 at 4:29pm

lifesimplified--- It is a complete crapshoot!  Most of the time they fly our of OHare, but sometimes out of Midway or Milwaukee.  Most of the time they fly out on Saturday but sometimes Sunday or Monday.  Your Sailor will have that information  at some point after BS21 and in most cases before PIR but sometimes not until after PIR if they are a late group or if they fail for some reason.  Your best bet is  to book your flight home for Monday if you have the time or Late Sunday.

Comment by lifesimplified on February 27, 2019 at 3:06pm

Hi everyone,

My SR is still in boot camp right now, but I need some info from you regarding PIR flight booking.  He will be going to A school in Ft Leonard Wood, Missouri as an EO after PIR 4/12.  I want to be able to meet him at the airport to give him his cellphone.  Which airport do these seabees fly out of after PIR? Thanks!


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