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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

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Mineman Moms

My son arrived at RTC on 11/15/11.  His current contract has him as a Mineman and I am looking to see if there are any other Mineman Moms out there that have sons/daughters who are going in or have just arrived!  Mineman is such a small community that it is hard to gather information about the rate, and would like to hear stories or talk about what our children are doing!

Members: 58
Latest Activity: Jan 6, 2021

Discussion Forum

mom needing to know if there are any other mineman moms

Started by mary. Last reply by Patty Nov 13, 2019. 13 Replies

My son has recently arrived at Great Lakes andf I'm wondering if there are any other moms out there that have sons there.  He's waiting to get started.  It will hopefully be soon.  He has met one…Continue

Navy Mineman Mom

Started by Dodoapple2. Last reply by Justasailorsmom Oct 26, 2018. 5 Replies

I don't really see lots of mineman discussion here.My son is currently in Point Loma, San Diego, CA. Was told that he will be there for his A School till Aug 2017, then he will be off to his next…Continue

Leaving for bootcamp Oct 8 2014

Started by FREEBIRD6819 OCT 8TH BOOTCAMP. Last reply by Michelle0120 Aug 1, 2015. 2 Replies

Hi all… my son is leaving for bootcamp on Oct 8 .. he is going to be a mine man.. any information would be very generous.. as far as schooling and the job itself.. I have another son who is a 2nd…Continue

leaving for bootcamp 9/10/14

Started by kathy. Last reply by Julie-Jake Nov 22, 2014. 3 Replies

My son is leaving Brooklyn NY 9/10/14 for the great lakes as a mineman.  He is in the reserves.  Does anyone know how long it will be, can we stay at the Navy lodge, and how long will A school be in…Continue

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Comment by Patty on November 4, 2019 at 9:14pm
My son is scheduled to head to boot camp with a mineman rate in about 2 weeks. I’m nervous about my son leaving home.
Comment by Justasailorsmom on October 26, 2018 at 3:50pm

My son has accepted a job as a mineman.  Can anyone tell me how your sons are doing with this??

Comment by Cherie on October 2, 2018 at 8:10am

Hi!!  My son has a PIR date of

Hi!! My son has a PIR date of 11/9/18 and is off to San Diego as a mineman. Any others out there?

Comment by Dodoapple2 on July 28, 2017 at 2:09pm

Got a call from my son this Wednesday that he got his order.... He is going to Bahrain, not sure why he is happy and excited while I am worried about him station so far away.  Especially he has NEVER been outside of the US.

Comment by Mineman mom1554 on January 19, 2017 at 2:13pm
Well ladies, I am new to all of this and am very excited about my son's future with the navy! MD finishes A school Monday, but has chosen Bahrain as his first duty station on the USS Century. I won't see him until April. If any of you have family at or have been at this duty station, please look me up.
Comment by KarenW56 on November 26, 2016 at 12:25pm

Mineman seems to be a small Community , from my research there are not a lot of them. I hope my Son does well and likes it. 

Comment by bmcd on November 26, 2016 at 1:07am

the school in Great Lakes was 9 weeks, then San Diego is 19 weeks.  The rate he wanted was not available so he chose Mineman, so far he likes it but said the 3rd week of school was the hardest.

Comment by KarenW56 on November 26, 2016 at 12:52am
I think the school in Great Lakes is around 9 weeks then on the San Diego ? What made your Son choose this rate ?
Comment by KarenW56 on November 26, 2016 at 12:50am Son is in Great Lakes right now ! He started school last week. He was un-designated and chose Mineman rate.
Comment by bmcd on November 26, 2016 at 12:46am

My son just finished school in Great Lakes and is waiting to leave for San Diego in January for school there.  He is training for Mineman


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