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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."


**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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At 7:44am on May 12, 2013, jacketfan24 (corpsman mom) said…

Greer Yellow Jackets, of course.  He played football through 2010 there (took off his senior year). Nice to see someone else on here from my neck of the woods, even if it's our biggest rival (haha).  I go to the gym and church with several teachers from Blue Ridge...nothing wrong with a little fun competition!

At 2:28pm on March 13, 2013, Chris(14/142) said…

Abucking - so glad you found me!  So far your son is the only recruit I've heard of being in RP aside from my son.  Looks like you found the RPS Group as well.  And you said your recruit is in Div 143 - so our boys just missed being in the same division too!  I wonder how many "students" are in an A school class (ie: there is only one week between our PIR and yours.  Perhaps my son's group will await your son's group before A school begins...)

We live a little west of Atlanta, so Ft. Jackson isn't very far for us either.  Not as close as you are, but at least not as far away as Great Lakes!

Let's stay in touch!

At 10:53am on March 13, 2013, RPCS Quinn said…

Not normally!  

At 10:28pm on February 24, 2013, Fishing Quilter said…

Hi Amy, 

I would like to be FB friends.  Seems this journey as a new Navy Mom is one best shated with those who have gone before and those in it with me right now.

My name is Joyce Penney, and I'm from Omer, Michigan.  My youngest daughter is the SR.  After HS Graduation, she gave up a shcolarship to study music and decided to study cosmetology instead.  She's been working in a salon for a year or so, but decided that standing on her feet all day to come hoome with pennies wasn't what she wanted to do with her life, so she thought long and hard about what to do next.  She's always had a dream to be a doctor, and felt that joiningthe Navy would be a good way to get educated, make a living, and have a future she could be proud of.  She's the youngest of 3 girls; the oldest is divorced with 2 little boys and the middle sister is a voice teacher and single.  My boyfriend, my daughter's boyfriend and I will be driving to PIR..  Can't wait to see her in her dress uniform!

At 10:18pm on February 24, 2013, sheilada said…

Glad, it sounds like most in their division got to make calls. I hope this means that they are doing well and have a nicer RDC.  Trying not to get my hopes up for another call before the "I'm a Sailor" call, but it's hard not too!

At 11:07am on February 24, 2013, sheilada said…

Did you get a call yesterday?


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