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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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I am a mom of twin 18 year old boys who are leaving this summer for boot camp. I am proud of them, but know it is going to be very hard for me to let them go. I can use any advice I can get.
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At 6:52am on September 9, 2013, joli13 said…

Yes Cathy, I am on Facebook :0)

At 8:35pm on September 4, 2013, carols_kitchen said…
At 7:52pm on August 26, 2013, doubletrouble said…
I have not made any reservations yet. I thought I should wait on Jacob's form letter with his PIR date. I don't want to have to change everything if they have different PIR dates. Are you staying at the Navy Lodge?
I agree, having two at once is confusing & I'm only following the one PIR group right now.
At 9:12pm on August 20, 2013, lemonelephant said…

Since both of your SR's are at the RTC, you can change "Waiting to leave for Boot Camp" above to "Enlisted." Join the group PIR 10/11/2013 TG 48 to connect with others with loved ones training with your SR and let others in the Cardinal Navy Company of August 15, 2013 group that that is the PIR group for Division 383. Thanks.

At 5:38am on August 12, 2013, MyHero13 said…
Hi! It's nice to meet you. Yes, I saw you were in Beardstown, not far from Peoria. We are staying at the Navy Lodge. They had the best prices. When I booked on Saturday, they didn't have any suites left, but booked 2 rooms, one for my husband and I and one for my parents. The reviews are pretty good on tripadvisor. Our sons are same ship and division! Again, nice to meet you. Have a great day!
At 9:18am on August 11, 2013, ⚓ darsatm ⚓ said…
At 3:00pm on August 10, 2013, SoCalNavyMom said…
Nice to meet ya! Did you get a call yet? I haven't. We barely just received the for letter yesterday and the kid box earlier in the week.
At 5:49pm on August 6, 2013, Dorothea said…

I just wanted you to know I got my box today.. YAY

At 1:10pm on August 5, 2013, PROUDMAMMAOF2SAILORSSHIP11DIV383 said…

Hello cathymg, I was so happy to finally hear from another mom who has a member of the cardinal company.  Robert is my middle son and my second son to join the Navy.  I know it will be a great time but I know I will cry.  We are staying in the Dury hope to meet you while we are there.


At 9:53pm on August 1, 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) 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."  I see that your SR will go to "A" School for AC, join Sailors In Pensacola, FL For A School....Corry Station too!! and Parents of A SchoolSailors in Pensacola in addition to the groups you have already joined.  The Rating Information Card for AC can be found at Your Sailor will most likely fly out to "A" School the day after PIR. See PIR Day and Liberty During PIR Weekend to help you know how to plan your weekend. Take care and blessings to you and yours.


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