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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.

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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. 

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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Finally have a ship date!

Started this discussion. Last reply by MrsT0210 Jul 28, 2019. 6 Replies

I has been a crazy few months but my son finally has a ship date in the fall.  He also will be a Nuke. So proud I could pop!  His recruiter is making sure these future sailors are ready for RTC. …Continue

Here we go!

Started this discussion. Last reply by Phoenixmom May 9, 2019. 4 Replies

My son’s date to leave for boot camp was Sept 9. He got a call yesterday about going sooner. Like in a week! Freaking out here! Need to plan a party, need to get him ready, worried he isn’t…Continue


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Jen replied to Mama Scha's discussion 'Mail' in the group Boot Camp Moms (and loved ones)
"Hi Mama Scha! I started sending letters as soon as my son's recruiter gave me his address and that was the 3rd day he was there. I figured if it worked he would have a letter to read. Sandboxx was the best decision I made! I send a hand written…"
Oct 26, 2019
Mama Scha replied to Mama Scha's discussion 'Mail' in the group Boot Camp Moms (and loved ones)
"Thank you for the info. I sent one letter through Sandbox and one snail mail."
Oct 26, 2019
NukemomofC replied to Mama Scha's discussion 'Mail' in the group Boot Camp Moms (and loved ones)
"Sending mail before you have there specific Div and ship is not recommended. I’m waiting for my form letter that will be the way I will receive it. Recruiters only have the basic address not the specific address. "
Oct 25, 2019
Donita replied to Mama Scha's discussion 'Mail' in the group Boot Camp Moms (and loved ones)
"Sorry. I meant my daughter arrived at boot camp 3 weeks ago this past Wednesday."
Oct 25, 2019
Donita replied to Mama Scha's discussion 'Mail' in the group Boot Camp Moms (and loved ones)
"Mama Scha- I still have not received my form letter yet either. My daughter arrived at boot camp the Wednesday of this week. So a little over 3 weeks now. I did send my daughter some mail through Sandboxx. I got her address from her recruiter also.…"
Oct 25, 2019
HaveFAITH replied to Mama Scha's discussion 'Mail' in the group Boot Camp Moms (and loved ones)
"You won’t be receiving a box anymore. The belongings stay there - GL and will be returned to the SR day before graduation. So far ... I have not had issues with Sandboxx. My brother received all 4 mails I have sent. There was a glitch in…"
Oct 25, 2019
Mama Scha added a discussion to the group Boot Camp Moms (and loved ones)


After 3 weeks I finally have my son’s mail info. I still haven’t received the box or form letter but his recruiter got the address for us. Feels good to know I can send him encouragement through mail.I’ve heard +/- about sandbox. I will try it and see.See More
Oct 25, 2019
NavyMom9519 liked Mama Scha's discussion Waiting and trying to not worry
Oct 24, 2019
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Oct 24, 2019
potterycat replied to Mama Scha's discussion 'Waiting and trying to not worry' in the group Boot Camp Moms (and loved ones)
"Did you get your letter today?  I got mine. She went in on the 8th.  I miss her sooooo much.   I also reminded myself no news is good news.   It is so hard. "
Oct 21, 2019
HaveFAITH replied to Mama Scha's discussion 'Waiting and trying to not worry' in the group Boot Camp Moms (and loved ones)
"Hello texasNavyMom ... you’ll be Receiving your first letter? Soooooo excited for you. I still remember that feeling. Enjoy reading it. I for one read my letter too many times. I’m so Happy for you."
Oct 16, 2019
belovedbyHim replied to Mama Scha's discussion 'Waiting and trying to not worry' in the group Boot Camp Moms (and loved ones)
"Where's the Love Button!!  Yes, This journey is a roller coaster of Love, Pride, Love, Worry, Pride, anxiety , "See Ya Later's" and Joy!!   As hard as BC is.... This is the Easy part!"
Oct 15, 2019
B'sNukeMoM⚓️MMN replied to Mama Scha's discussion 'Waiting and trying to not worry' in the group Boot Camp Moms (and loved ones)
"Tracey - I wish there was a "like" button for your post.  Thank you for sharing your sons journey, it truly gives hope to other parents!"
Oct 15, 2019
Mom of Navy girl replied to Mama Scha's discussion 'Waiting and trying to not worry' in the group Boot Camp Moms (and loved ones)
"My Daughter will be fine 3 weeks tomorrow. Got the form letter last Monday and a letter from her last Friday. Missing her terribly. Prayers to all the moms with kids in boot camp tonight . We will get thru this❤️"
Oct 14, 2019
Sherricat replied to Mama Scha's discussion 'Waiting and trying to not worry' in the group Boot Camp Moms (and loved ones)
"To all the newer moms on here, hang in there! The weeks I wasn't able to communicate with my son were the worst for both if us. As soon as you get the form letter, write as much and as often as you can. Our kids depend on comfort coming from…"
Oct 14, 2019

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I'm a mom, wife, and teacher. I would do anything for a friend or family. There is a special place in my heart for all animals especially those with a fuzzy face.
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The day is finally here

Posted on October 6, 2019 at 1:42pm 3 Comments

On our way to drop off our son to his recruiter so she can take him to MEPS. He flys out tomorrow. Swearing in around 9 in the morning. He is so ready to move forward. Not sure I am. Just a few more hugs before he leaves.

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At 11:45pm on October 30, 2019, lemonelephant said…

Be sure to make at least change 3.

At 11:44pm on October 30, 2019, lemonelephant said…

The Page, 800 and 900 Divisions, within Boot Camp Moms (and loved ones) will be of interest to you since you have a recruit in a performing division. I believe that Division 903 is Ship Staff/Honor Guard. 

Write to your recruit and ask when Battle Stations-21 (BST) will be to know when to expect the "I'm a Sailor!" call.

There is info on Ship 02 and more in Ship/Division--How it Works.

At 12:42am on October 29, 2019, lemonelephant said…

Make at least change 3 at the bottom of OPSEC and PERSEC (Making Changes to Your Profile) (clickable link) and change the Privacy Settings for this page from "Anyone" to "Members." 

There may be other changes you need to make as well, so read and consider each of the changes. 

At 1:42am on October 7, 2019, lemonelephant said…

Yes, I know that October is the 10th month, but somehow I put 09/09/2019 instead of 10/09/2019 although the rest is correct.

At 10:37pm on September 17, 2019, lemonelephant said…

Join DEP-Leavin' for bootcamp in OctoberYou will meet others with loved ones leaving 09/09/2019 or that week who may be in the same TG and have PIR together.

Be sure to check out the discussion, Things to Do in the Last Month before Your Future Sailor Leaves for RTC (If he takes an earlier ship date, then the links for each month are at the bottom of that discussion.)

Arrival and What Happens at RTC within Boot Camp Moms (and loved ones) will let you know what will soon be happening and what to expect. 

Be sure to join your PIR group once you get The Form Letter, which now arrives 9 to 14 business days after the recruit's arrival at RTC in most cases. Let me know when you know what division your recruit is in. I will have more info for you.

At 6:19pm on July 28, 2019, lemonelephant said…

Welcome to Boot Camp Moms (and loved ones). I look forward to sharing this journey with you. Be sure to check out the Pages (found under the pictures of the Members) for information on what to expect and to help you prepare for PIR. Start with OPSEC and PERSEC (Making Changes to Your Profile) and Arrival and What Happens at RTC and read 1 or 2 pages a day and then go back to them as you need the info. 

Take care and blessings to you and yours.

At 6:18pm on July 28, 2019, lemonelephant said…

I see you have joined NUKE moms; you may also want to check out Nuke A School FAQ and Nuke School Charleston. You may want to check out these facebook pages: Naval Support Activity Charleston, SC and Naval Nuclear Power Training Command Facebook page.

The Rating Information Card for NF can be found at (If you get the security warning, it is safe to go there.) has some good info for you.

Your Sailor will most likely fly out to "A" School the day after PIR. Plan to leave late Saturday or on Sunday.See PIR Day and Liberty during PIR Weekend to help you know how to plan your weekend.

Your Sailor may have Prototype in Ballston Spa, NY; if so, join Moms/Dads/Families with Nukes in Ballston Spa, NYat that time. Some stay in Charleston.

At 12:58pm on July 5, 2019, B'sNukeMoM⚓️MMN said…

Thanks for the friend request - be sure to join our nuke moms group too.  Here's the link:

Nuke moms

At 10:28am on May 9, 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.  

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