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Make sure to read our Community Guidelines and this Navy Operations Security (OPSEC) checklist - loose lips sink ships!

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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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A little about me:
Well, I kissed my son goodbye 2 weeks ago. It has been rough to say the least! I've been all over the internet looking up information, watching YouTube video on bootcamp to ease my mind. Somehow it helps to know what exactly they are going through. I miss my son terribly. He's the 2nd child to leave my house, my first is only 45 min. from home in college, and I can see him whenever I want. This adjustment has been hard. So glad that I found this site! Needing help in planning grad weekend~mainly choosing hotel.
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At 8:44am on January 12, 2011, diannep said…
I saw your question about ID for your 14 yr old daughter.  Tricia said birth certificate is fine...but it isn't.  That is only for 12 and under.  You need a state-issued photo ID which you can get from the DMV.  Better to be safe than sorry. 
At 9:39pm on January 4, 2011, jlkeeneship11div054 said…

Do you know if they give us the airport pass at graduation and is it for all of us or only the 4 allowed at graduation?

At 9:38am on January 1, 2011, jlkeeneship11div054 said…
ok thanks
At 4:57pm on December 31, 2010, jlkeeneship11div054 said…
my son is also going to pensacola, do you know what time they will leave Sat and can we go to airport to see them?
At 2:20am on December 14, 2010, Kaye S. said…

Whoosh, six kids?!  You have my respect and admiration!  I know it's very tough having so little contact with your son while he's in boot camp.  Each RDC has a different policy on phone calls, so while some moms are talking about getting them 3--4 times during the 8 weeks, others of us get only 1 or 2 (my own son was only granted one phone call during BC, in addition to the 20-second "here & safe" and then the 1-minute "we passed Battlestations" calls).


He'll only be allowed to write letters on Sundays, so your letter(s) should arrive Tuesday or Wednesday each week.  But, he can RECEIVE letters everyday, so write him as often as possible -- also have his siblings, aunties, grandmas, cousins, and friends write; there is no such thing as too much mail!  Just don't send any enclosures that aren't paper.  He can receive photos, newspaper clippings, etc.; but no food, candy, trinkets, etc.  And DON'T send any musical cards... it'll draw attention to him and that's not a good thing right now.  He has to show his letters to his RDC, so keep the conversation light, happy, supportive, and not very personal.


The eight weeks WILL pass and watching him graduate will be the proudest day of your life.  Many moms have stayed in the Navy Lodge and I think you'll be pleased.  It's not fancy, but it's clean and comfy -- and of course, right near everything important!  Please don't hesitate to post questions at Indiana Moms (or any other groups you're a member of), because we're all happy to offer advice or a shoulder to cry on.  Hugs! k.

At 1:56pm on December 12, 2010, Kaye S. said…


Hi "ACTmom," and welcome to Indiana Moms! You've got a handsome sailor there!  I'm the administrator for the group, so if you have any questions, please ask. My son is a Nuke MM serving on the submarine ALABAMA, based out of Bangor, WA. He's been in for 4 years.

If you're near Indy (or willling to drive), there's a monthly informal dinner on the west side of town, in Avon. You can find any month's dinner details by clicking on the 3rd Monday of the Event calendar (right-hand column). From time to time, we also have regional gatherings in various parts of the state.

This month, we're having our dinner tomorrow, December 13, at Charbono's Restaurant in Avon. We'll gather for drinks and chat at 5:30pm, then be seated at 6:00pm. We'd love you to join us - and you're welcome to bring family or friends!

Jump in with any questions or comments you may have. I think you'll find we're a nice bunch of folks and always willing to lend an ear to listen or a shoulder to cry on. Hugs! k.

At 5:12pm on December 9, 2010, Pat said…
Welcome aboard! Come join us on the Indiana group page on this website!
At 10:34am on December 8, 2010, Navy for Moms Admin said…
Welcome to Navy For Moms!

You will find this site very helpful and full of members who are eager to answer your questions. Browse around the site and check out the forums, groups, blogs, photos, videos, and even the other member profiles!

If you haven’t already, please make sure that you review our Community Guidelines to learn the “Do’s and Don’ts” of the community.
Also, check out this OPSEC Internet Safety Video

Enjoy your time here! I look forward (along with the community) to reading more about you! :)

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