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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."

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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Click here to learn common Navy terms and acronyms!  (Hint:  When you can speak an entire sentence using only acronyms and one verb, you're truly a Navy mom.)

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A little about me:
My son leaves for Chicago on Tuesday February 23, 2010.
I am here to support my
Stage of (Sailor’s) Navy career?
Waiting to leave for Boot Camp
When I heard “Navy,” I...
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At 12:00am on March 27, 2010, screeminmomma said…
Have you heard anything lately?
At 12:36pm on March 26, 2010, tigersmom said…
Good to have found this link finally! Now to read all the nitty gritty details!
At 3:20am on March 26, 2010, tigersmom said…
Oh yay -- I found you. My son is Josh. Just got a letter saying that many were getting connected here! It took me awhile, but HERE YOU ARE!! My daughter and I will be at PIR on the 16th. We're staying at the Ramada in Gurnee as well. We won't be arriving in time to go to the gathering, but hope we'll connect sometime that evening! Josh is also leaving for Pensacola afterwards. Does anyone know if these guys are part of 'Grad and Go?' I was reading that this group takes off RIGHT after graduation. I've written to Josh about this, but maybe one of you knows too. Well, I'm just glad I found all of you! What
At 6:23pm on March 11, 2010, AuntofJon said…
That's a good idea. I just sent a new post.
At 6:00pm on March 11, 2010, AuntofJon said…
I think the first address was when they were still in processing. I read some other comments and it looks like it happend to other people in other groups as well. Do you think we should tell everyone else to use the return address instead of the original form letter?
At 6:34pm on March 8, 2010, Big Mike's Mom said…
He is supposed to be on a submarine. I haven't heard from him since he left so I don't know if there have been any changes or not.
At 6:30pm on March 8, 2010, Zacsmom88 said…
Does your son know his job yet?
At 6:17pm on March 8, 2010, Zacsmom88 said…
WHere will your son go to school?? Mine is going to Monterey, CA to learn Chinese!
At 4:35pm on March 8, 2010, sailormom-cathie said…
My son Michael is also Ship 04 and DIV 161, his departure date for A school is 4/21, I am also staying at the Ramada, we definitely must meet up.
At 11:43am on March 3, 2010, Zacsmom88 said…
Did you get the info about Ramada Inn inGurnee? I made my reserv. today!! How exciting!! I can't wait to meet everyone! Has your son written you yet? We need to keep in touch about what is going on in their division!!

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