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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 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.


RTC Graduation

**UPDATE 7/16/2021**




**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 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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Single mom, Croatian born
I am here to support my
Stage of (Sailor’s) Navy career?
In the NROTC program
When I heard “Navy,” I...
Was proud and encouraged it
The Navy offers opportunities that...
Courage, pride
Our Navy experience so far...
It was positive and maturing. Our relationship has grown stronger.

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At 1:04pm on July 19, 2012, USSTonya said…

Yay, I'm so excited for you :)!! Happy writing!

At 1:50am on July 19, 2012, USSTonya said…

Yes please let me know as you as you find out, goodnight

At 1:28am on July 19, 2012, USSTonya said…

If you don't receive the form letter tomorrow, try contacting your daughter's recruiter for her address. Hang in there!

At 8:04pm on July 18, 2012, USSTonya said…

Yes the form letter. Let me know when you get it.

At 3:28pm on July 18, 2012, USSTonya said…

I received the letter today! Let me know if you receive anything!

At 3:27pm on July 18, 2012, USSTonya said…

Hi Ingrid,

I didn't notice the paperwork you mentioned the first time I opened the box, so I went back and I did find something with my daughters name on it. If I remember correctly, you mentioned your daughter's name is Lora? My daughter is Bria :)! I believe your daughter is who my daughter mentioned she met at MEPS. Bria did tell her father and I her last name started with a "C" and they may be rack mates. Usually who they leave with is who they end up staying with. I guess we'll find out in time :). If you were there that day we probably saw each other. I was with my husband and two young children and my father-in-law. We were sitting in the back row of chairs against the wall. Facing the tv.

It was difficult opening this box, everything was just thrown in there and shipped home.

I'm keeping it together as much as I can. One week down, haha :)!

Take care,


At 5:42pm on July 17, 2012, USSTonya said…

Hi Ingrid,

I just received my daughters box, :(.

She didn't take anything with her but the clothes on her back and it's all in this box.


At 3:02am on July 17, 2012, USSTonya said…

Hi Ingrid,

I guess I totally did misunderstand you, my apologies. Well I'm sure they are somewhere there together :).

When I received her "I made it safe" call, I was shocked at how brief our conversation was. She said she had 2 minutes but I'm pretty sure our call lasted all of 5 seconds!! She said she had to go and that was it. That's when I became emotional, for the first time during this whole experience. I haven't heard from her since. She spoke so quickly on the phone but from what I picked up, the box will come in a week or so and we won't hear from the recruits for a couple weeks.  My daughters recruiter was able to give me her address today. You should contact your daughters recruiter to get her address. From what I understand from the recruiting office, their first letter will come in 2 weeks. This is a new experience for me as well and it's awesome that this site is available to answer questions.

this link has some really great info!! There is a video that details what recruits go through at RTC. This site helped to ease my mind a little. It really does a great job of explaining the process from the moment they arrive at o'hare to arriving at RTC.

I'm looking forward to talking with you more! I'm glad we can give each other support, it's comforting to know I'm not alone.




At 12:01am on July 17, 2012, USSTonya said…

Hi there! Thanks for reaching out. The day my daughter shipped out, I was able to see her briefly before her swear in and then immediately following the swear in we said our good- byes but she did mention that she had met someone and they would be in the same barracks. I would love to talk to you more!


At 3:36pm on July 16, 2012, Navy for Moms Admin said…

Welcome to NAVYForMoms!

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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Sailor mom div.11/280

Posted on August 29, 2012 at 4:25pm 0 Comments

Everyone who has a child in division 11 280 I received phone call today battleship excersises are over and she is graduating on time. Can't believe finally will get to see her in 10 days. What a journey so far.


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