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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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Profile Information

A little about me:
I am a proud mother of a 19 yrs old son: Andre
Extremely proud and supporting ;

At the same time I am in need support
He leaves for bootcamp aug 8th
Great Lakes ill
I am here to support my
Stage of (Sailor’s) Navy career?
Waiting to leave for Boot Camp
When I heard “Navy,” I...
Was proud and encouraged it
The Navy offers opportunities that...
My father served in the navy
He had a very positive experience
Our Navy experience so far...
It was positive and maturing. Our relationship has grown stronger.

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At 3:21pm on October 2, 2013, NJ4Ever said…

Haven't heard anything yet....I'm sure we will soon! :)

At 9:53am on October 1, 2013, Sofora said…
I was not receiving emails for a while ...
At 1:27am on August 26, 2013, lemonelephant said…

Hi, the group, Naval Aviation, has more loved ones of Officers than enlisted. Just a heads up. You will find more info that is related to your situation in the groups within 800 and 900 Divisions. You also still have some changes within OPSEC and PERSEC (Making Changes To Your Profile) to make as well as changing "Waiting to leave for Boot Camp" above to "Enlisted."

At 11:33am on August 17, 2013, luckymomx4 said…

Hi Sofora - PIR is 10/4/13!   When did your SR arrive at boot camp?

My son arrived 8/9 (at around midnight), got the kid in the box on Tuesday, 8/13 and the letter on 8/16.  I'm in Northern Nevada (near Tahoe) and the postmark on the letter was 8/14.  I see you are in California - I hope you get the letter today!

Are you on facebook?  There is a PIR 10-04-13 group on there you should join. 

I am so glad to find someone in the same division!  Everyone else I've seen post are different ships or divisions!

How did you get your SR's ship/div without a letter?  What is their rate?

My SR is CTI, so he will ship out to Monterey, CA the next day.  Nice for us, because we are about a 4 hour drive from there.  :)



At 9:53am on August 17, 2013, LovesQuilts said…

I did get the letter yesterday and for Andrew graduation is 10-4-13.  He is ship 03 div 377

At 4:44pm on August 12, 2013, NavyMomMary, ship 04, div 380 said…

Sofora, since my daughter is older, 25, and she'd been on her own since going to college, it's quite different for me. I watched all the videos on Utube over and over to get a feel, and I feel pretty good about it and know she is doing well. 

I am surprised I feel so good about her decision and proud of her.

At 11:58pm on August 11, 2013, lemonelephant said…

Welcome to Boot Camp Moms (and loved ones); I look forward to sharing this journey with you. Besure to check out the Pages (found under the pictures of the Members) beginning with OPSEC and PERSEC (Making Changes to Your Profile); you may want to make changes 3 and 4. Since you have an SR at the RTC, you can change "Waiting to leave for Boot Camp" above to "Enlisted." Since your SR is a candidate for Aviation Rescue Swimmer or AIRR, a special ops rating, the Page, 800 and 900 Divisions, will have some important information for you.  Your new Sailor will fly out to “A” School in Pensacola after BC. You may also want to join Sailors In Pensacola, FL For A School....Corry Station too!!, and Parents of A School Sailors in Pensacola. See PIR Day and Liberty During PIR Weekend to help you know how to plan your weekend once you get the form letter. Take care and blessings to you and yours.

At 8:36am on July 21, 2013, RattownMom said…

Feeling nervous too. They will be together..... we get to wait at home... Im thrilled for for his future. Sad to see him leave.  Lots of emotions...


My son is AIRR rate. 


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