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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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Visite esta página para explorar en su idioma las oportunidades de educación y carreras para sus hijos en el Navy.


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jilleezon liked DixieKat's discussion Letters
Jun 13, 2019
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Jun 9, 2019
Tammy_Girl replied to DixieKat's discussion 'Letters' in the group Boot Camp Moms (and loved ones)
"How exciting.  Good luck to your son.  It just seems like yesterday we were at our son's PIR.  He graduated 12/14/18.   I'll never forget that date."
Jun 7, 2019
DixieKat added a discussion to the group Boot Camp Moms (and loved ones)


Hi all, we heard from our son via his GF whom he called last Sat. He is receiving my letter and appreciates the funny stuff I out in them. I sent him stamped envelopes with some paper and told him to share if anyone needed one. I also added an encouraging note for him to give to anyone who is not receiving mail. I hate the idea of an SR not getting something, so I added one for my son to share. I know not every SR would have support for their decision. We have 5 weeks left for PIR and are…See More
Jun 7, 2019
belovedbyHim replied to DixieKat's discussion 'Airline that allows cancellations' in the group Boot Camp Moms (and loved ones)
"We look to fly SWA whenever that is an option.  Best customer service and the ability to change travel is a plus when it comes to travel when the Military is involved!"
May 28, 2019
B'sNukeMoM⚓️MMN replied to DixieKat's discussion 'Airline that allows cancellations' in the group Boot Camp Moms (and loved ones)
"We always used Southwest because of their no change fee policy - but yes, you do have to use them within a year from the DATE OF PURCHASE - not the date of the flight.   The other option would be to purchase insurance - I know that can get…"
May 28, 2019
DesiD replied to DixieKat's discussion 'Airline that allows cancellations' in the group Boot Camp Moms (and loved ones)
"We got really stiffed by American.  Our son didn't go through PIR with his division as he was pulled during the final Battlestations exercise because he had pinkeye. This was the day before our flight was due to leave.  American did…"
May 28, 2019
ShawnMom replied to DixieKat's discussion 'Airline that allows cancellations' in the group Boot Camp Moms (and loved ones)
"Southwest does not charge a change fee. You can use your original ticket price toward any new ticket within a year. I don’t think it offers refunds. "
May 28, 2019
Tammy_Girl replied to DixieKat's discussion 'Airline that allows cancellations' in the group Boot Camp Moms (and loved ones)
"Delta let me change due to our son being in the military. "
May 28, 2019
The Hammer replied to DixieKat's discussion 'Airline that allows cancellations' in the group Boot Camp Moms (and loved ones)
"I've had good luck with booking travel thru the Sandboxx app or with Southwest without penalty.  United will charge you both a $200 change fee and a fee if there is a difference in the airfare... although, you can send them an email with…"
May 28, 2019
DixieKat added a discussion to the group Boot Camp Moms (and loved ones)

Airline that allows cancellations

I was told an airline allows cancellations or to change the flight date. Which one is that if anyone knows?
May 28, 2019
DixieKat replied to nikkiw1221's discussion 'Battle Stations' in the group Boot Camp Moms (and loved ones)
"I expect my son to pass, just like I expected him to graduate high school and get a job. I bought my plane tix, hotel and rental all with the extra insurance. The hotel I'd be out about 225. If that even happened, I'd tell my son he owed…"
May 24, 2019

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A little about me:
I am mom to Joiner. he is a little older than the 18 y/o's at boot camp. He has been living on his own for a couple of years. He finally decided to Join the Navy. I work at a non-profit org working with veterans. I also have a lot of veteran co-workers. They have given my son some insight as to what to expect.
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At 10:38am on May 13, 2019, B'sNukeMoM⚓️MMN said…

Welcome to!   

Head to “Settings” on the main page right away to add a profile image (no last names visible, please) and complete your Profile. Then - and this is important! - read these Community Guidelines and this Operations Security (OPSEC) Checklist, for the safety and privacy of all our Sailors.

Then jump right in!  Browse around the site and check out the groups and the information in their Discussion Forums.

Join this group for boot camp moms, where you'll also find a group for your Pass in Review (graduation) date; and this one for PIR Reference Information.  

Get a head start during boot camp by joining groups for, and learning about, your Sailor's occupational specialty and "A" School; and later your Sailor's duty station and/or Navy ship and homeport. You can also join groups for your own state, region or home town and interests from getting ready for deployment to care package ideas!

Please say Hi when you join a group, and feel free to ask any and all questions - everyone was new once, and there is no "dumb" question. 

This site was created by the U.S. Navy just for you, and we look forward to getting to know you and your Sailor.  

Welcome to the NAVY family - we're so glad you're here!!

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