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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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Started this discussion. Last reply by Storymom Dec 26, 2013. 75 Replies

I hope someone can respond and give me a few words of encouragement on how they got through the days immediately after their son/daughter left. I feel like I'm not going to be able to function.  Any…Continue


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At 10:38pm on January 4, 2014, ⚓️NikB⚓️Ship13Div059⚓️ said…
it's PIR 1-10-14 Navy boot camp div (051-060, 909)
At 2:04am on December 12, 2013, lemonelephant said…

You are very welcome.

At 10:39pm on December 11, 2013, lemonelephant said…

He won't submit the names for the Access List until sometime in the week or so before PIR (some Sailors have indicated that they did it the week of PIR), so write to him with the names of up to 4 people who will be attending so he will know the names to write down when the time comes. Take care and blessings to you and yours.

At 3:12pm on November 27, 2013, ⚓️NikB⚓️Ship13Div059⚓️ said…
How are you doing today? Our SRs are in the same ship/div. Only 44 more days to go! Any word on if any of them have called home yet?
At 2:48pm on November 26, 2013, lemonelephant said…

The contracts offered to him will be based on his qualifications, the needs of the Navy, and what is available; and yes, the length of his contract could change to 4 years rather than 6 years if he chooses a contract with that length. Most who went in with a contract for a rating will get a contract for a rating and "A" School, but some end up going with one of the PACT programs (see Professional Apprenticeship Career Tracks (PACT) Program). As far as the E-4, SR's can only have E-3 after BC and if he met the requirements for that, he will still get that. He may be eligible for one of the ratings that has a fast track to E-4 based on his scores; you'll just have to wait and see what he decides on. They usually try to have recruits meet with a classifier within a week because they want them to have a contract, which helps the Navy and the recruit to know what will happen after BC.

At 1:59pm on November 26, 2013, lemonelephant said…

When you know your SR's new contracted rating, let me know and I will give you info and groups for that. Take care and blessings to you and yours.

At 11:41pm on November 18, 2013, lemonelephant said…

The RTC does not close, but training time is reduced due to the holidays and yes, it does happen that recruits have 10 Fridays this time of year. See Arrival and What Happens at the RTC.

At 5:31pm on November 7, 2013, momma1992 said…
Got Your Message We Can Be Here For Each other
At 10:42pm on November 6, 2013, lemonelephant said…

To get the most likely PIR date, count 9 Fridays after arrival (01/17/2014) and then know that it could be the week before (01/10/2014--less likely with the holidays, but possible for those shipping on Monday or Tuesday of that week or sooner) or the week after (01/24/2014--possible because of the missed weeks). See Arrival and What Happens at the RTC, If his PIR ends up being 01/10/2014, then he will be in the Adopt-A-Sailor program for Christmas, don't expect him to be and be pleasantly surprised if he is. See What does ??? mean? (A Guide to Navy Abbreviations and Terminology).

At 9:29pm on November 4, 2013, lemonelephant said…

Welcome to Boot Camp Moms (and loved ones). I look forward to sharing this journey with you. Be sure to check out the Pages (found under the pictures of the Members) for information on what to expect and to help you prepare for PIR. Start with OPSEC and PERSEC (Making Changes to Your Profile) and Arrival and What Happens at the RTC, and read 1 or 2 pages a day and then go back to them as you need the info. Take care and blessings to you and yours.


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