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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 Navy.com - America's Navy and Navy.mil 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:

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**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).  Still limited to 2 guests maximum.

Specific information on this policy change will be provided in the coming days and weeks.

We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience and appreciate your support.

FOLLOW THIS LINK FOR UP TO DATE INFO:

RTC Graduation

**UPDATE 7/16/2021**

RESUMING LIVE PIR - 8/13/2021 - ONLY 2 GUESTS ALLOWED

MASK AND SOCIAL DISTANCING IS REQUIRED. 

NO MASK, NO ENTRY

**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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Lisa Lou
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  • Mount Clemens, MI
  • United States

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Leaves today for bootcamp

Started this discussion. Last reply by belovedbyHim Jul 28. 20 Replies

Hi there, I am brand spanking new and my son leaves today for boot camp. I am so surprised at how empty I am feeling. I knew I would be emotional but this overwhelming sadness is unexpected. I am…Continue

 

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belovedbyHim replied to Lisa Lou's discussion 'Leaves today for bootcamp'
"Sandy-- Your feelings are NORMAL!!! and NO Boot Camp for any branch of the service is NOT like sending them off to college!!! College they can call anytime they want, You get to go see them anytime you want, You get to go help them get set up in…"
Jul 28
Sandy replied to Lisa Lou's discussion 'Leaves today for bootcamp'
"Hi friends been since July 20th since my son left for GL miss him awful one minute I am ok next crying. People say it's like he's at college. Uh no so different. I feel once he calls replies to letters I can breathe. He had his vaccine…"
Jul 27
belovedbyHim replied to Lisa Lou's discussion 'Leaves today for bootcamp'
"Hi Sandy.  Welcome to Boot Camp.  Please read my blog to give you an idea of what the first few weeks may look like.. First Things First-- The Quarantine Edition Up and to the Left is a link to all the Navy Lingo! It is titled Navy…"
Jul 22
Sandy replied to Lisa Lou's discussion 'Leaves today for bootcamp'
"Hi feel the same here all . Son just left yesterday. Where and when can we send mail to them? We have to wait until we get the letter first even for sandboxx? Also will they be able to see sandboxx as they have to give up phones correct?"
Jul 22
partyofseven replied to Lisa Lou's discussion 'Leaves today for bootcamp'
"Hi Becky, And welcome to our group we are glad that you are here. BBH posted her blog two comments up and that will help explain a lot. No question is ever dumb and someone will answer you. You should have gotten your scripted call your loved one…"
Jul 13
belovedbyHim replied to Lisa Lou's discussion 'Leaves today for bootcamp'
"Becky -- Everything you are feeling is NORMAL!! I'm posting on Your page  but please keep in mind that everything is subject to change!  IT seems lately that as soon as we think we have an idea what is happening, it changes yet…"
Jul 13
Becky replied to Lisa Lou's discussion 'Leaves today for bootcamp'
"My son left on Wednesday My heart is empty and I also am surprised how sad I am. I do not come from a military family so this is all very new. The 7 day before ship out meeting was very disorganized. Asked to be changed at the last minute and…"
Jul 12
belovedbyHim replied to Lisa Lou's discussion 'Leaves today for bootcamp'
"Lisa Lou and Annie, Welcome!! Please read my blog to give you an idea of what the first few weeks may look like.. First Things First-- The Quarantine Edition Up and to the Left is a link to all the Navy Lingo! It is titled Navy Speak and you…"
Jul 7
partyofseven replied to Lisa Lou's discussion 'Leaves today for bootcamp'
"Hi Annie and welcome to our group, please ask any questions you may have. No question is ever dumb and someone will answer you.  Staying busy is key and start writing now so when the form letter comes you can mail your letters off right…"
Jul 7
partyofseven replied to Lisa Lou's discussion 'Leaves today for bootcamp'
"You are very welcome. My son and I did the same when he left to and he said he would read my note when he needed to.  :) Mine has been in for almost 4 years now and I stay and help out the new moms that come on board.  The journal writing…"
Jul 7
Lisa Lou replied to Lisa Lou's discussion 'Leaves today for bootcamp'
"Hi Annie. I too am so very sad. My son told me he was sad too before leaving. My heart broke. I did leave a note in his wallet for him to read when he gets home sick. These next ten weeks are going to be so difficult. I can't wait til I can see…"
Jul 6
Annie replied to Lisa Lou's discussion 'Leaves today for bootcamp'
"Hi Lisa Lou, I am in the same boat. My son left today and I am feeling sad. "
Jul 6
Lisa Lou replied to Lisa Lou's discussion 'Leaves today for bootcamp'
"Thank you for the wonderful advice. I love the Blue candles idea and I will incorporate Red on Fridays from now on. I hit an extreme low yesterday but I realize that I need to stay strong for my son. This group I feel is going to help me."
Jul 6
Lisa Lou replied to Lisa Lou's discussion 'Leaves today for bootcamp'
"Thank you so much. I did review the links provided and I just wrote a loving and encouraging note to my son to put in his wallet. Great suggestion. My son is not a writer so I do not expect letters from him but I plan to keep a journal and when I…"
Jul 6
partyofseven left a comment for Lisa Lou
"Good Morning, Welcome and we are glad that you are here. I left you a message on your post. Big navy hugs to you!!! We will all get you thru boot camp and beyond. party"
Jul 6
partyofseven replied to Lisa Lou's discussion 'Leaves today for bootcamp'
"Good Morning Lisa Lou I love your name by the way. Your feelings are very normal at this time. The first weeks of silence are hard and that is ok. I always say if you have to cry then cry. There is a great amount of support in this group and we will…"
Jul 6

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A little about me:
I am a mother of 2, wife, and nurse.
I am here to support my
Son/Daughter
Stage of (Sailor’s) Navy career?
Waiting to leave for Boot Camp
When I heard “Navy,” I...
needed to learn more about it, was proud and encouraged it, had concerns or fears
The Navy offers opportunities that...
Will allow my recruit to excel
Our Navy experience so far...
has been positive and maturing., is challenging and exciting., is a work in progress!

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At 10:03am on July 6, 2021, partyofseven said…

Good Morning,

Welcome and we are glad that you are here. I left you a message on your post. Big navy hugs to you!!! We will all get you thru boot camp and beyond.

party

At 9:38am on July 6, 2021, Chipmunk said…

I am glad to see you joined the BC Mom group!

At 9:04am on July 6, 2021, Chipmunk said…

Good Morning Lisa Lou - I posted a reply to your discussion. I see that B'sNukeMom has welcomed you - she is one of the site admins that I referred to in my reply to you. She also gave you the link (see the blue letters on boot camp moms) to that group which I recommend that you join and ask all of your questions. 

At 11:09pm on July 5, 2021, B'sNukeMoM⚓️MMN said…

Welcome to NAVYforMoms.com!   

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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