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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 4/26/2022** Effective with the May 6, 2022 PIR 4 guests will be allowed.  Still must be fully vaccinated to attend.

**UPDATE as of 11/10/2022 PIR vaccination is no longer required.

**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).  


RTC Graduation

**UPDATE 8/25/2022 - MASK MANDATE IS LIFTED.  Vaccinations still required.

**UPDATE 11/10/22 PIR - Vaccinations no longer required.


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


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My Experience PIR / July 2015

Started this discussion. Last reply by Farah Sep 9, 2015. 16 Replies

This us my second time so I've experienced both the shuttle and driving on base. Of the two, we preferred driving ourselves. Parking was in a covered building and very close to the graduation…Continue

Mail Call Do's and Dont's

Started this discussion. Last reply by CryptoDad Jun 1, 2015. 1 Reply

My son ships out tomorrow (second one) and I'd like to know some good things to send for morale and WHAT NOT to send also. TIA

A little PIR experience and the best hotel...

Started this discussion. Last reply by Proud Mom (2nd Time Around) Apr 26, 2011. 2 Replies

Just wanted to let everyone know that my stay at the Ramada was awesome!  Their beds and pillows are the BEST!  I slept better there than I do at home.  It was really quiet, too.  The meet and greet…Continue

Bootcamp Videos

Started this discussion. Last reply by BunkerQB Mar 26, 2011. 0 Replies

I found this site and they have some awesome videos that show P days, training and battle stations.  I just wanted to share.…Continue


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At 12:45pm on July 16, 2015, lemonelephant said…

Don't forget to make at least changes 3 and 4.

At 12:44pm on July 16, 2015, lemonelephant said…

Join AECF - FCs and ETs; your recruit will discover his rating while in BC, usually near the end of BC. "A" School is in GL, so you will also want to join Great Lakes A School Q&A and GL A-school moms. You can also check out the Training Support Center (TSC) Great Lakes Facebook Page.

The Rating Information Card for AECF can be found at The Rating Information Card for Electronics Technician (ET) can be found at and the one for Fire Controlman (FC) can be found at (If you get the security warning, it is safe to go there.)

You will be able to enjoy extra time with your Sailor following PIR. (See PIR Day and Liberty During PIR Weekend.)

At 12:44pm on July 16, 2015, lemonelephant said…

What is your Sailor's rating (job/specialty) and/or where is he stationed (what vessel, if one)? There may be groups I can direct you to.

At 10:57pm on June 1, 2015, lemonelephant said…

It's not a good idea to post a pic of your future Sailor every time you post. See change 4 at the bottom of OPSEC and PERSEC (Making Changes to Your Profile) (clickable link).

Also make change 3 while you are there so that this page is no longer open to EVERYONE (Anyone) with access to the web.

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

Another change that I recommend that is mentioned in change 1 is to change the ZIP code to one that is not easily associated with your future Sailor.

At 10:54pm on June 1, 2015, lemonelephant said…

Join the group, DEP-Leavin for bootcamp in June. You will meet others with loved ones leaving this 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 the RTC. I also suggest that you begin checking out the Pages (found under the pictures of the Members) and Discussions in Boot Camp Moms (and loved ones). Arrival and What Happens at the 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.

At 6:34pm on April 15, 2011, rose said…
I don;t know about the rest of ya, but im sure i won't sleep much that night. Soooo if anyone doesn't get in til later.  I may be up pacing somewhere HaHa maybe we could get together when you get there if you arent to tired.  Thanks to everyone for all your patients with me while we have completed bootcamp. Love yas
At 1:54am on February 28, 2011, BunkerQB said…
Saw your message on SAWife11's page about having to work until your 60!  Just wanted to let you know that it's really not so bad. My husband and I are both 60+ (we had our sons late in life). We enjoy our jobs and we still make $$.
At 7:48pm on February 26, 2011, Tami said…
Welcome Proud Mom---my son is in Ship 3 Div 143 too! Just got a call this morning and I was so excited. He sounded good, did you get a call too? I wasn't expecting one so soon. Have you found any other mom's in our division?
At 3:27am on February 26, 2011, SAwife11 said…

also i have started a group for those in the same division as my SR if you are in the group or know of others please forward them this group link:

At 3:26am on February 26, 2011, SAwife11 said…

Hi Navymom, 

my fiance left for BC on Feb. 23rd also. do you know his PIR date yet. I'm very very new to the navy family and the military life style. so any advice from you or your husband would be awesome especially for me a soon to be navy wife. :) have a great weekend! 


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