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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 - 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 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.


RTC Graduation

**UPDATE 7/16/2021**




**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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My son leaves for boot camp on 5/17 anyone else leaving then?

Started this discussion. Last reply by MTSMom Mar 23, 2011. 7 Replies

Just curious if anyone else will be leaving on that day.  All of this is new to me but this site has been a huge help!


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A little about me:
My name is Lorie. I am the proud mother of two sons, Chris, who just joined the Navy on 3/3/11 and Hunter, who will forever be 16 (he passed away on 12/26/09. I live in Southwest Virginia and work in a local factory. Not much to tell about me really :-)
I am here to support my
Stage of (Sailor’s) Navy career?
When I heard “Navy,” I...
Was concerned or afraid
The Navy offers opportunities that...
This is all new to me. I will admit, I freaked out quite a bit when Chris told me he was going to enlist. The questions and concerns were overwhelming. Now that he has enlisted and I have found out new info, I am very proud and excited for him!
Our Navy experience so far...
It was positive and maturing. Our relationship has grown stronger.

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At 2:24pm on June 20, 2011, Peggy said…
Thanks, Lorie; I will pray for your son as well.
At 11:51am on June 20, 2011, Peggy said…
I forgot to answer a question in your first post below, 06/17/2011, 4:27 am...Yes, My husband and our two other adult children will be attending graduation.  It is possible that "his" graduation may be delayed two weeks, depending on the outcome of the next few weeks; he is "giving it his all" to prevent that from happening, but will see what happens in the next week or so.  He stated in a letter that he will leave there a "Sailor," not a civilian.  I am happy that he is determined.  I am hoping and praying that each day will get better for him, as he "learns the ropes" at RTC.
At 11:40am on June 20, 2011, Peggy said…

Hi Lorie (sorry I spelled your name wrong before).

Do you believe sending messages from "friend to friend" only can be read by us?  It is my understanding that these are "not" posted "on the wall" for anyone to read.  My husband reads pretty much everything he can on this website and fills me in.  I do have to remind him sometimes that this is Navy for "Moms" because he can be judgemental about what I write.  I do not mind constructive criticism, but we all have a right to our opinions --that's what my Dad taught me when I was growing up. (=

At 9:46am on June 19, 2011, Peggy said…
Hi Lori, I just read your comment this morning for the first time.  My husband just read this morning elsewhere on this site that the RDC (Recruit Drill Commanders) also read this site and our comments can negatively affect how our sons/daughters are treated.  :(
At 2:37pm on March 10, 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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