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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."


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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Seamen Recruits are here getting medical treatment for minor injuries. FIT DIV is also in this area. 

Location: RTC Chicago, IL
Members: 190
Latest Activity: Mar 19

It's hard not knowing! That is the purpose for this group. Most likely if you are here your SR has had trouble keeping up or not passed a PFA due to some sort of minor medical issue. Often it stress fractures bringing SR's here. Know this when you don’t get a call that is a very good thing. Calling them is not a good thing and it can negatively impact your SR to have his or her “Mommy“ calling!  They are harder on them in this DIV than any other. They want them up and out. The best thing you can do is sends tons of mail. Send scripture and motivational mail. I know my SR said reading the Bible was considered a sign of weakness here. When you get a tearful call motivate. Stay positive and encourage you SR. This is a small detour to greatness and getting the I'm a Sailor call!  Recruit family and friends…“Navy mom friends are the best“…to send your SR mail as well.  NMH for you all!!

Discussion Forum


Started by Katrina Dec 13, 2019. 0 Replies

My SR just came into the RCU from hospital..the good news he is recovering, The 'mom' thing is "OMG"...normally so healthy...eek! I don't know the process, and of course want to know that full…Continue


Started by Katrina Dec 13, 2019. 0 Replies

My SR just came into the RCU from hospital..the good news he is recovering, The 'mom' thing is "OMG"...normally so healthy...eek! I don't know the process, and of course want to know that full…Continue

Vision Waiver

Started by Proudmomofsailor79. Last reply by jvjnavysister Nov 20, 2019. 1 Reply

My son was just transferred to Ship 4 as he didn’t pass his vision exam on intake. He did require a vision waiver when he went through MEPS. They are now requesting another waiver. Does anyone have…Continue

+ flu

Started by amb0821. Last reply by Sarah's Human Oct 17, 2019. 1 Reply

My son contacted me Tuesday to say he was sent to RCU for the flu and his graduation date is now pushed back.  a few questions:1.  Do they always return to a group or division on a set day, I mean..…Continue

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Comment by Laura on June 2, 2018 at 7:10pm

May 31st was his call sorry typo

Comment by Laura on June 2, 2018 at 7:10pm

To those who have a male recruit in ship 4 div 2341 right now. My son called may 1st and said he had  days of rehab. I received letter dated 26th of may and he didn’t mention an injury.  During his stay during his recovery does he have right to call and continue writing? 

Comment by NotherNavyMom on May 21, 2018 at 6:25pm

Yikes Sarah9310 -- I will definitely NOT be sending my recruit any reading material in that case! I guess I thought if there were books there already, they might be allowed to have them. But I would definitely not take any chances by sending anything if that is not the case. Thanks for the feedback! :)

Comment by sarah9310 on May 21, 2018 at 12:44pm

Hi NotherNavyNom, any books or magazines you send will get thrown away and your recruit could possibly get in trouble and have phone privileges taken away. I got to talk to my recruit yesterday, my husband said they do have some reading material that they permit there but he asked me to please not send any now that he knows it could cause problems. 

Comment by NotherNavyMom on May 21, 2018 at 12:24pm

My recruit is also asking me to send books. Apparently he has already been able to read a lot of the books that are there, and now is looking for more. But I don't want to get him into trouble. Are the books he is reading there leftovers from before they stopped permitting them to be sent?

Comment by graall on May 19, 2018 at 5:56pm

Hi, Elisabeth. Yes, it gets forwarded. It happened almost the same thing with my daughter. She was sent to RCU with stress fractures on her knee 2 weeks before her graduation. I had sent her letters to her original ship/division and she got them. She's been there for 4 weeks now and I don't know when she will be graduating. Hopefully tomorrow I will get a call. She calls every other Sunday now, right after 1PM their time.

Comment by Elisabeth on May 19, 2018 at 11:00am

My son was set to PIR June 1, 2018. Notified this week, stress fracture to his femur and moved to RCU. I'm sad, hoping he doesn't get separated and sent home.

Comment by Sarah's Human on May 17, 2018 at 11:20pm


I'm sorry you didn't get the call. This coming Sunday is the scheduled call weekend (every other Sunday.) The length of the call varies so get the most important stuff communicated immediately and then move to conversation.

Hang tough. Much easier said than done, I know, but your SR is counting on you more than you realize.

Comment by Sarah's Human on May 17, 2018 at 11:18pm


Books of any sort are not permitted in RCU. There are some books in the department that recruits are allowed to read sometimes but if you send some, your recruit will be required to throw the items away.

You might be able to print an online book a few pages at a time and send it in stages.

In our case we stuck with letters from as many people as possible and as often as possible. Recommend to your husband asking to get into a position in the RDC's office or something else to pass the time. That helped my son the most.

Hang in there! We are in Chicago now, four months after we expected when our boy left home. It's an unpleasant diversion but not a show-stopper.

Comment by sarah9310 on May 16, 2018 at 10:04pm

Hello everyone, my recruit wrote me and asked me to send books/comics to him. Is this allowed in RCU? Just don't want to cause my husband any extra stress by sending him anything that could get him in trouble.


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