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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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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.



* Emergency Messages via Red Cross

Written by Kaye S. Kaye S.
[rev. 8/17 by WLH]

Emergency Messages via Red Cross


 In the event of an emergency within the sailor’s family, where you feel the sailor must be notified, do so through the American Red Cross, (1-877-272-7337) or via their website Red Cross Emergency Communication Services. You must use this service for the sailor to be considered for Emergency Leave.

Circumstances falling in this category include critical injury or illness, birth, and death, involving an immediate family member. If in doubt, call the Red Cross and they will be happy to assist.

The Red Cross requires two types of information to send Special Messages:

1)      Service member Identification

  • Full legal name
  • Rank/rating
  • Branch of service (Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard)
  • Social Security number or Date of Birth
  • Military unit address
  • Information about the deployed unit and home base unit (for deployed service members only)

2)      Situation Information

  • Name and contact for the immediate family member experiencing the emergency (could be spouse, parent, child/grandchild, or grandparent)
  • Nature of the emergency
  • Where the emergency can be verified (hospital, doctors office, funeral home)

Even though it may go against what our emotions will be telling us to do, DON'T TRY TO SEND EMERGENCY NEWS DIRECTLY TO A SUBMARINER.  All messages are reviewed for just this kind of content.  Any information which is considered upsetting or harmful will not be given to the sailor.  The command will wait until official notification comes from the Red Cross and then use protocols for handling it.

On a sub, it's easier for one person to jeopardize the entire crew, so keeping morale safe is paramount.  Email privileges can be taken from an entire boat because one relative abuses them.  Please handle things through the proper channels.

Granting of Emergency Leave depends on the recommendation of the Red Cross, the current operational commitment of the ship, and the availability of adequate transportation.  The key point to identify to the Red Cross is why the serviceman’s presence is needed.  Commands can take no action on Emergency Leave without a Red Cross report of a situation.

Emergency Leave is normally granted only when the situation involves a member of the immediate family of the sailor or sailor’s spouse.  These are defined in the Naval Military Personnel Manual (MILPERSMAN 1050-130) as father, mother, person standing in loco parentis (i.e. person who raised the sailor), spouse, children, brother, sister, or only living relative.


Situation Information Forms


The forms below are no longer used directly, but are very close to what is requested on the web forms. It will help to have this on hand. The following information is generally required for Special Messages pertaining to births, deaths, and serious illness/injury:




Who is calling: ____________________Relation: _____________Phone number: ___________

To whom is message being sent: _______________­­­­­­­­­___________________________________

Service member attached to:  full name of boat & crew color

Wife’s name: ___________________________________________________________________

Baby’s Name: ____________________   Baby’s Sex:  M / F   Baby’s Weight:  ____lbs. ___ oz.

Baby’s Length: ______________   Hair Color: _________   Eye Color: ___________

Time of Birth: _________   Date of Birth: _____________   Place of Birth: _________________

Hospital Phone Number: _________________   Information Verified With: _________________

Condition of Baby (Good, unless medical complications):_______________________________

Condition of Mother (Good, unless medical complications): _____________________________




Who is calling: ____________________Relation: _____________Phone number: ___________

To whom is message being sent: _______________­­­­­­­­­___________________________________

Service member attached to:  full name of boat & crew color

Name of deceased: _________________________________________________   Age: ______ 

Relationship of deceased to service member: ________________________________________

Place of death (city/state):________________________________________________________

Hospital taken to: __________________________   Hospital phone number: _______________

Date/Time of death: ________________________   Cause of death: ______________________

Date of funeral: ______________   Funeral Home: _________________   Phone: ___________

Burial to take place at: ______________________________   Date of burial: _______________

Immediate family in area (support available): _________________________________________

Relationship: __________________________________________________________________





Who is calling: ____________________Relation: _____________Phone number: ___________

To whom is message being sent: _______________­­­­­­­­­___________________________________

Service member attached to:  full name of boat & crew color

Name of patient: ___________________________________________________   Age: ______ 

Relationship of patient to service member: __________________________________________

Has the patient or the patient’s next of kin authorized release of info to the member:  yes / no

Place of illness (location of hospital or other): _________________ Phone number: _________

Name of doctor: _________________________ Phone number: _________________________

Condition: ______________________________ Prognosis: ____________________________

Hospital admission time and date: _________________________________________________

Expected length of hospitalization: ________________________________________________

If this message concerns a service member’s wife, indicate who is caring for children, if any.


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Comment by WearsLargeHats on August 9, 2017 at 3:57pm

I updated this to fix broken links and reflect the Red Cross' new system.

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