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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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Navy Speak

Click here to learn common Navy terms and acronyms!  (Hint:  When you can speak an entire sentence using only acronyms and one verb, you're truly a Navy mom.)

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Visite esta página para explorar en su idioma las oportunidades de educación y carreras para sus hijos en el Navy.



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"tidefan...  So glad to hear he is doing better. I am really glad you were able to se…"

paces replied Jan 16, 2014 to how do you do it

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"Adrienne ... I will be glad to share what I know and have experienced. Unfortunately…"

paces replied Dec 17, 2013 to how do you do it

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"tidefan... I am so sorry to hear about your son's injury. I can only tell you that e…"

paces replied Nov 3, 2013 to how do you do it

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"cleokitty93....Jill, you hit all the key areas and hope your sailor is doing well. C…"

paces replied Jul 1, 2013 to Feeling Lost!

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"CWMom..I am so sorry. It is truly tough enough for them to be in BC, but when they a…"

paces replied Mar 20, 2013 to How do you know if your SR is in RCU?

2 Mar 20, 2013
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"Praying for you. Let me know how he does."

paces replied Feb 17, 2013 to husband in for pnemonia

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"jacintaaradanas...I am so sorry to hear about your husband's illness. Are you still…"

paces replied Feb 16, 2013 to husband in for pnemonia

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"Hey, kayleesmom....I know this is so hard. Many of us here have been where you are a…"

paces replied Dec 12, 2012 to Finishing in RCU

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"Congratulations to everyone. Sounds like good news all around. Will keep up as navyk…"

paces replied Sep 18, 2012 to Finishing in RCU

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"barbydahlz...What great news!!! It has truly been a while. I am so happy for you and…"

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