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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.

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**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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  • Female
  • Grand Prairie, TX
  • United States

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A little about me:
I am an RN. I live in Grand Prairie Texas. My youngest child, a daughter is preparing to leave June 21
I am here to support my
Stage of (Sailor’s) Navy career?
Waiting to leave for Boot Camp
When I heard “Navy,” I...
Was concerned or afraid

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At 8:47pm on July 9, 2011, Anna said…


Just wanted to check to see how you were doing!!!  Did you get your form letter yet?  Those weeks of bc are so hard on us moms because the communication is so far and few!!!  I remember it like it was yesterday!!!!  Are you able to find places on the internet to get info?  I know bc has a website where you can get lots of info about what the recruits may be doing at each week.  They also post pictures I understand.  I didn't have N4Ms 3 years ago when my daughter went to bc so I was in the dark so much!!!  Hang in there - - it will get easier once they graduate!!!  Talk to other moms now - - that is the best thing for you.  You have to keep yourself strong so you can be there for your girl when you hear from her.  Expect crying phone calls and depressing letters.  It happens to many tho' not all, so maybe your girl will one that doesn't!!!!  Let me know how your doing and if there is anything you need help with.   NavyMom hugs to you {{ . . }}

At 5:00pm on July 4, 2011, Anna said…


I see you found our Moms of Daughters 2 group and I want to welcome you!!! We are a close, friendly, supportive group and we all look forward to getting to know you and your sailor!! Feel free to jump in and join our chat - there is usually someone on every day and even if you just want to talk about your family, weather, job - whatever, we are there to listen and help you on this exciting, joyful, yet anxiety filled journey of being a Navy Mom!!! And if you have any questions just ask – we learn from asking!!!  Again, Welcome Aboard!!!!

At 4:55pm on June 23, 2011, whatelks67 said…

My son left out on June 21st also, I'm trying to navigate through this site to get info.  I found the RTC site on the internet and there is a booklet you can download for the families of recruits, and it seems to give some good information-more then I had before anyway.  So try there for some help.  I've started writing letter to my son, even though I don't have a address yet.  I'm starting one each morning and as I go through the day I'm writing things that are happening, or my thoughts or just about anything that I think he'd appreciate or want to know.  Like today, I took my daughter(5) to the Disney store as a distraction and I was speaking to a cast member in there about a upcoming trip to Disney and we were talking about the resorts and she mentioned the Shades of Green Resort(a resort that is for Military Members and their familys) and I started tearing up.  I explained my son had just left on Tuesday for BC and she gave me a hug and asked me to tell my son "thank you for choosing to serve" when I wrote to him.  So that I will pass on to my son in todays letter, I know he wont be suprised I went to the Disney Store as a distraction, he'd be surprised if I went anywhere else.  I know it will give him a chuckle, the mental image of my crying in the Disney Store.  My friends have set up "activities" that I'm to do with them, to help keep me busy and my mind off of my son being gone.

At 11:23am on June 10, 2011, TXNavyMom said…


My son just graduated from BC a week ago today.  He is my oldest and it still was hard for me to see him leave.  The best advise I can give you is to simply write him every day and tell him about your day and the things that he may be missing. While in BC they are really cut off from the outside so if he has a favorite sports team keep him posted on scores and such.  He will write to you at least once a week.  That's what we usually saw however, I think his Fiance got 2 letters a week.  The phone calls are very few.  We actually only got 2 calls while he was in BC, one came about half way through in the middle of the day and the other came the day he passed Battle Station 21 which is their last big test before graduation.  The hardest part for me was not being able to talk to him. Once his letters started coming I felt much better.  I will give you this piece of infomation, don't send cards write letters.  I am a Hallmark junky and love cards, but it seemed that his RDC's which are their instructors seemed to give them a hard time if they got cards,i.e. asking if it was his birthday and such.  So he requested we only send letters.  Just a friendly tidbit.

I hope this helps. If you want to chat or have more questions feel free to contact me I'll do the best I can to help.  Also when it comes time for Graduation and you look for a place to stay I have plenty of information on that as well.


Take Care We'll say and extra prayer for you and your daughter as you both start this new chapter in your lives.

At 1:44pm on June 7, 2011, Navy for Moms Admin said…

Welcome to Navy For Moms!

You will find this site very helpful and full of members who are eager to answer your questions.  Browse around the site and check out the forums, groups, blogs, photos, videos, and even the other member profiles!  

If you haven’t already, please make sure that you review our Community Guidelines to learn the “Do’s and Don’ts” of the community. Also, check out this Internet OPSEC Safety Video.

Enjoy your time here! I look forward (along with the community) to reading more about you! :) 



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