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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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Hi Navy Family,

We started a fb group called "Loved Ones of Groton, CT Sailors", and would love to hear from you. Many of us have Sailors that are brand new to Groton, or have SR's that are going there after PIR. We are looking to learn from each other, and welcome others who can show us the ropes!


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Where do I go to get on your facebook page?  My son is graduating BESS on March 26th.  Then on to a-school to be a  ET-Radioman

Hi name is Jan. i have a son, Max, that is Groton. He went thru PIR in February of 2011 (time goes so, and after all his schooling and training for submarines...he ended up being stationed there. He is currently at sea, but i hope to hear from him soon. I have not been on N4Ms for a while, but when i saw this message on my email...i thought i would respond to let you know that i am happy to answer any questions anyone may have. Wether it be about dorm rooms, BESS, graduations, rules, etc...I know that when i left my sons PIR group, i felt lost going to the BESS groups. There were not as many people at our beck and call to answer questions about the next step our sons/daughters were taking as there was in the bootcamp/PIR groups... I hope to be of some help....:)  also...i tried to look this group on FB and it kept bringing me back to this page????..i will try again...:)

It seems that my reply to both your posts have disappeared into cyberspace.. if you search on facebook for Loved Ones of Groton, CT Sailors, and still get sent back here, send me a friend request/or message on Navy4Moms and we'll figure out how to get you there!  

 All the best to you!


Hello Friends! Here is the new Groton facebook group link:

Loved Ones of Groton, CT Sailors

Click on the link above and (hopefully) it will direct you the facebook group! It is a closed group for more privacy, but we're all able to click "accept" to get you into the group!  Thanks for your patience! Tech-savvy, I am not.  :-)  Hope you join us! 

Hi Betsy...I sent you a friend request. I can't find the FB page & was hoping you could help.
I found the group after reading the above thread & requested to join.

Hi Betsy my name is Jocelyn, I have my son in Groton, CT He went after PIR 2/8/13.. i would like to connect for the families and their loved ones who are waiting and get some information about their training. my Sailor is going to SECF is there any group for this field?

Thank you and hope to hear from you soon,



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