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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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AK907Tammy replied to bethvac65's discussion 'Update on my son' in the group RCU SHIP 04 DIV 741
"Bethvac65 - I'm so sorry. It's really heartbreaking for us moms/dads knowing there is nothing we can do but be strong and let them know how proud we are of them. Please let him know if he is separated, he should be proud as he displayed…"
Aug 20, 2019
Sarah's Human replied to bethvac65's discussion 'Scripted call on P-day 1 or 2.' in the group RCU SHIP 04 DIV 741
"It’s hard enough knowing they’ve chosen a profession that isn’t exactly safe. Then you’re hit with being completely out of the loop when they’re injured/ill. I almost fell into a neurotic state! As another mom told me:…"
Aug 18, 2019
Sarah's Human replied to bethvac65's discussion 'Update on my son' in the group RCU SHIP 04 DIV 741
"Hi Beth— Glad you got some details. The unknown is dreadful. If he’s never had this sort of thing occur until arriving at GL I wonder if he may be having a reaction to the “peanut butter shot.” He might have a long road in…"
Aug 18, 2019
bethvac65 added 2 discussions to the group RCU SHIP 04 DIV 741
Aug 18, 2019
bethvac65 replied to bethvac65's discussion 'Scripted call on P-day 1 or 2.' in the group RCU SHIP 04 DIV 741
"Thank you so much. Praying that there is a reasonable explanation for whatever happened and that it's not something that will result in separation. It's so hard...I've never been in a position where I couldn't just call somebody…"
Aug 18, 2019
Sarah's Human replied to bethvac65's discussion 'Scripted call on P-day 1 or 2.' in the group RCU SHIP 04 DIV 741
"Hi BethV— I’m going to predicate this with the absolute certainty that the Navy will go overboard if someone thinks something might be wrong neurologically. That said, if he needs a neuro consult it wasn’t just a headache. If he…"
Aug 18, 2019

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A little about me:
My son just entered the DEP program today at MEPS. His rate is PR and his ship date is August 13, 2019.
I am here to support my
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Waiting to leave for Boot Camp
When I heard “Navy,” I...
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allow for travel and education
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At 8:18pm on November 7, 2018, lemonelephant said…

Since your future Sailor has a contract for Aircrew Survival Equipmentman (PR), join AIRCREW and Pensacola, FL A School: NAS and Corry Station and check out Airman Family and Friends.

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

Your Sailor will most likely fly out to "A" School the day after PIR, but may fly out on Sunday due to flight availability issues. Plan to leave on Sunday if you are able. See PIR Day and Liberty during PIR Weekend to help you know how to plan your weekend.

(PR used to be Parachute Rigger.) 

At 8:11pm on November 7, 2018, lemonelephant said…

Join the group, DEP-Leavin for bootcamp in August. You will meet others with loved ones leaving 08/13/2019 or that week who may be in the same TG and have PIR together.  

Your future Sailor may want to join to learn the ins and outs from the DEP point of view.  

Be sure to check out the discussion, Things to Do in the Last Month before Your Future Sailor Leaves for the RTC 

I invite you to join Boot Camp Moms (and loved ones) and to check out the Pages (found under the pictures of the Members) there.

Arrival and What Happens at the RTC within Boot Camp Moms (and loved ones) will let you know what will happen 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 the RTC in most cases, but may be earlier for you. Let me know when you know what division your recruit is in. I will have more info for you.

At 7:22pm on November 7, 2018, B'sNukeMoM⚓️MMN(Vet) 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.  

Welcome to the NAVY family - we're so glad you're here!!

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