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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

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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. 

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**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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Aaron's mom
  • Female
  • Eustis, FL
  • United States

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Aaron's mom's Discussions

Traffic near RTC on PIR weekend

Started Sep 16, 2011 0 Replies

I spoke with Sarge who said to please remember to watch your speed when getting your new sailors back to base after liberty. He is a taxi company owner and has seen several families get speeding…Continue

Question about my SRs address.

Started this discussion. Last reply by lemonelephant Aug 16, 2011. 9 Replies

I got my son's box today. I was hoping for a hidden message or something, but oh well. It was nice seeing his handwriting on the box. Silly, right? He has only been gone a few days, but it seems like…Continue

MEPS before boot camp

Started this discussion. Last reply by portside Feb 5, 2016. 9 Replies

I have read a ton of things about boot camp and PIR, but hat happens just before he goes to Great Lakes? My son leaves in August. MEPS is in Jacksonville, Fl, about 2 hours away. What will happen? Do…Continue


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A little about me:
I have a sailor son in school in Groton, CT. His rating is radioman. He will be in school for a while. I have adjusted pretty well to this "Navy Mom" life. I have met some other great moms who have been such a source of strength.
I am here to support my
Stage of (Sailor’s) Navy career?
When I heard “Navy,” I...
Needed to learn more about it
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I can survive having a grown child who is learning to be a terrific young man. I also learned that boot camp didn't kill either of us!

Aaron's mom's Blog

Time Flies!

Posted on December 21, 2011 at 1:57pm 3 Comments

It seems like yesterday, my sailor was heading out the door to boot camp. After our brief (very brief) visit in Chicago after PIR, I dreaded coming home without him. I found, however, that A school is wonderful! We can text, talk, and Skype often. I can ask about his day, the same day, instead of waiting days or weeks to see how things are progressing. He is home now on leave during holiday stand down time. I know this may be the only Christmas we spend together during his Navy career. I am not… Continue

We made it!!

Posted on October 3, 2011 at 8:17pm 1 Comment

The last time I blogged was the weekend after my son left for boot camp. I am now down to four nights and a wake up and I will be seeing him at PIR. What an emotional journey. As I reflect on these last 8 weeks, I cannot believed I survived! That seems so strange since I wasn't the one who actually went through boot camp. I handled the "kid in a box" pretty well. I cried when I received the form letter. Isn't it crazy how looking at your child's messy handwriting can bring you to your…


The journey has begun

Posted on August 8, 2011 at 10:47pm 4 Comments

My Aaron left today for Great Lakes. We spent the day with him at MEPS. That took forever! We watched him swear in and took great pictures. Then it was time to hurry up and wait. His flight was for late afternoon. As they finally lined up the Navy kids, they started counting off. My Aaron and a few others were told they had to wait again because there was not enough room in the van for the ride to the airport. So, we waited some more. He became frustrated. With barely any sleep from last… Continue

Here we go

Posted on July 25, 2011 at 9:00am 3 Comments

Night time is cruel! I lie in bed and my brain turns on. Last night I started to think that this time in two weeks, my boy will be off to find himself. He leaves a boy but returns (somewhere down the road) a man. The tears turned on and I thought, "here we go". I hate going down that path; the path of pity party. However, there I was! Thankfully, it was a short trip. I was able to find refuge in slumber.

He says he is getting "itchy feet". He wants to get moving. I understand his… Continue

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At 11:34pm on September 30, 2011, Sheilamf #2 PIR10/10/14 Div 318 said…
I will be going to the meet & greet! Looking forward to it. My SR tells me, in his letters, that theyll know by mid week, when they ship out. His BS will likely be Wed/Thurs. So i'll be there when I get "the call"!!
At 10:40pm on September 16, 2011, ProudMama (ship 2 div 937) said…
Aaron's mom,  At first I got to talk to my son or got emails from him when he went to Groton.  We went to visit him about a month after he got there and he was able to go out with us for the evening, but had to be back by 10 PM.  After we got home from visiting him, we did not hear anything for a week and I started worrying and then tried calling him and emailing him and got no reply. I was a mess, imagining all sorts of things.  I even called directory assistance to get the number of the sub school there and then called his cell phone and left a message that if he didn't call or email us that he was OK that I was going to call the school the next day.  He did email me back that nothing was wrong, but he was so busy.  They have duty every 6 days and that is working above what they do during the regular hours for that day and they can not have their phone with them then and after that he just came back to his room and slept.  I asked him to please call or email us at least once a week just to let us know he is OK.  Now it is almost another week and I'm waiting for a call or for him to get in contact with us.
At 7:45am on August 21, 2011, Rhonda8881 said…

Hello Aaron'smom!  Welcome to Navy for Moms.  You will find lots of support here; that is what this website is for.  I did not find N4Ms until my son had been in the Navy for 2 years or more and I wish I would have known about it earlier. 

I came to your page to answer a question you asked in the SECF group that was not answered.  Yes, all sailors go through phsychological testing during Sub School to find out if they will be okay on the sub.  If they fail any of the tests they are not allowed to continue in Sub School. I don't know what happens after that since I have not been in that situation. I am sure someone on this website could tell you if you really need to know; but I would not worry about that unless it happens. Us moms worry about enough things without adding that to our minds.

My sailor has been in for almost 5 years now and last year re-enlisted for 6 more.  He is planning a career in the Navy and we are very excited that he loves his job.

Good luck to your son and to you.  Navy moms are a special group of women and we support each other well.  Navy dads, wives, girlfriends, aunts, etc. are great also and are just as willing to help.


At 8:37am on July 11, 2011, proudmama ship10 div267 said…
Hey Glenda, thats what we are all hear for...SUPPORT...if not for N4Ms I would be climbing the walls by now.Hang in there I know you will both be fine.Talk to you soon!    Ruth
At 12:18am on May 25, 2011, SonandSea said…
Hi Glenda~ Thanks for the kind words! ♥~Dale
At 10:14am on May 3, 2011, 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 Internet OPSEC Safety Video.

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



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