This site is for mothers of kids in the U.S. Navy and for Moms who have questions about Navy life for their kids.
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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!
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.
**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.
RESUMING LIVE PIR - 8/13/2021 - ONLY 2 GUESTS ALLOWED
MASK AND SOCIAL DISTANCING IS REQUIRED.
NO MASK, NO ENTRY
**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 isno 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.
"Hi everyone! My daughter just graduated 10/15 and is heading to HM "A" school. Unfortunately she has not left RTC yet, but is anxiously awaiting!!! Is this normal? Still there after 4 days? Any advise is…"
"Hi everyone! Well I finally got a letter and a phone call...AND a second letter today. I just found out (haven't received a form letter yet) when graduation is. I called the Lodge and they are already booked. Any…"
"WOW! I've just been reading about the division. That is super cool! Makes me even prouder!!! If that's at all possible! What is your daughters name, no hurt in asking if my daughter knows her, right?! :)…"
Easter shore 🦀 Mom of 3, very happily married, extremely proud of all my children. Two boys in high school and my oldest and only daughter started boot camp at the beginning of August (she just graduated HS in Jun). I miss my family being all together!
I am here to support my
Stage of (Sailor’s) Navy career?
At Boot Camp now
When I heard “Navy,” I...
was proud and encouraged it
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is challenging and exciting., has presented us with many questions.
Hi Wendy, just to make sure you see it, here is K 's post from BC mom. - Comment byK⚓️1 hour ago
Upcoming PIR loved ones-I stayed at Springhill Suites Waukegan/Gurnee and had a great experience. Ask for military discount. Location is 5-10 minutes to everything, lots of restaurants, Gurnee Mall, NEX, RTC/Base. Rooms are clean & staff are very customer service oriented. Complimentary breakfast has a good selection, eggs, meat, biscuits, gravy, waffles, standard cereal/oatmeal items & drinks. PIR is live streamed in a room next to lobby for those without tickets. Shuttle service to/from PIR is at 6:45am & 7:45am sharp! I used it & April is wonderful. Get on the list, which is at the front desk. Hope this is helpful.
So sorry you haven't received any mail from your girl yet!!! I know mail can be really slow out of RTC but 5 weeks is a little long. If you can still get in contact with her recruiter he/she should be able to access the information and get her ship/division information. Then search that on the RTC website and you can get the full address. Another thing you can try is to call RTC. They should have some phone numbers posted on their website. I did that years ago when I never received my daughter's form letter and they were able to give me all the info I needed. I hope this helps and I hope you get some letters soon!!!
I see you recently joined the Moms of Daughters 2 group and I want to welcome you!! I'm glad you found us. So your daughter is in boot camp now? Come join the conversations on our group page, we are a friendly, caring group of moms who have daughters in all stages of Navy life - from newbies to those whose daughters have been in for several years - from officer to enlisted!!! We support all our sailor girls and each other as well. Not just during the Bootcamp days but the weeks and months following, as they go off to school, first duty station, or first deployment. Let us support you when you're missing her, lend an ear when you need to vent, and celebrate with you when you want to brag!! We look forward to getting to know you and your sailor!! Again, Welcome Aboard!!!!
You are welcome. I was there myself 8 years ago. This upcoming weekend marks our 8 year PIRversary and yet I still remember that lost feeling. We haven't lost a mom to boot camp yet, we won't start with you!!
Here's a timeline that BelovedbyHim put together. It will give you an idea of what to expect:
Please read my blog to give you an idea of what the first few weeks may look like..First Things First-- The Quarantine Edition Up and to the Left is a link to all the Navy Lingo! It is titled Navy Speak and you can find ithere. We are here to get you through the “Great Silence” of the next 4 weeks (ish) and the 10 weeks of BC (ish). You will come to learn that No News Is GOOD News and everything is Needs of the Navy. You life will be Hurry Up and Wait and it’s ok to make plans but they are subject to change until after they have happened so it’s best to embrace the Motto: Semper Gumby!! (Always Flexible!!)
The Expected timeline will look like this Day 0 -- Travel, Arrival and "I'm Here" scripted phone call
Week 1&2 Day 1-14 -- ROM (Restriction of Movement/ Quarantine-- Lots of studying and waiting) Unless they are Fully Vaccinated (2 weeks after final shot) in which case they skip straight to Week 3.
Week 3 Day 15-21 Arrive Onboard RTC and begin P-days (P-days- Initial Processing Days) including 2 days of P-hold (Weekend) Day 21-- Complete P days. (Initial PFT & Run)
Week 4- First week of training Day 22-- Begin training and mail form letter out. Look for it to arrive around 1-2 weeks later
Week 5 -- First inspections and tests (Dental May be this week or next... Not Confirmed)(Form letter/ Personal letters usually arrive this week)
Week 6 -8 -- More training, Drilling (Flags and Marching), Fire Fighting training, Marlinspike (Line handling- How to tie up a Ship to the Pier) and weapons lessons, Confidence chamber( May or may not be happening yet, we don’t know for sure).. Warrior training in here somewhere.
Week 9 & 10 -- Stressful!! They have all their final inspections, PFA, Drills, BS21 and Tests. This is the lead up to the end!! All of this is assuming no exposure to COVID with additional ROM Training typically occurs Monday - Friday but we have heard rumors that Saturday’s are now training days as well. Normal PIR will be 10 Fridays after departure from Home but it can be less by 1 but it can be extended by ???? (lots!!) It just depends on how many times they get caught in the “Ring of Fire” but do not get COVID. IF they get COVID, Once they are recovered they will not be removed from training again even if they are in the “Ring of Fire”. (so there is that small silver lining if kids get sick) I Hope you’ll come and join us on the Main Boot Camp Moms page:https://navyformoms.ning.com/group/bootcampmomsYou may have to scroll down a ways to reach the comments but we’d love to get to know you and answer any questions or concerns you may have or just be a support from others who “get it”.
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.
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. Welcome to the NAVY family - we're so glad you're here!!
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