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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 jvjnavysister Nov 21, 2019. 4 Replies

Does anyone know anything about ship 4 at Great Lakes? I just got my brothers address from his recruiter and wanted to know if I can start sending mail now or am I supposed to wait until I receive…Continue


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Linda replied to jvjnavysister's discussion 'Phone card' in the group Ship 5 Moms(Formerly Ship 17)
"I sent a phone card from WAL-GREENS with my son, who by the way is headed to Ship 5 today. We had searched everywhere in town and most people didnt know what I even wanted. They thought I wanted a cell phone card.  "
Feb 24, 2020
anasazigypsy replied to jvjnavysister's discussion 'Phone card' in the group Ship 5 Moms(Formerly Ship 17)
"I'm not sure but I would assume that it would be the type used for payphones. Google phone cards for payphones and there will be a variety of places they are available. Good luck to you and your brother."
Nov 24, 2019
jvjnavysister added a discussion to the group Ship 5 Moms(Formerly Ship 17)

Phone card

My brother is currently in Ship 5 waiting to come back home. When I talked to him last he asked me to mail him a phone card because he was running out. Does anyone know what type of phone card I need to purchase? And where I can get them from?See More
Nov 24, 2019
jvjnavysister liked TXNavyMom's discussion What are his chances...
Nov 23, 2019
jvjnavysister replied to jvjnavysister's discussion 'Question'
"Thank you!"
Nov 21, 2019
jvjnavysister replied to jvjnavysister's discussion 'Question'
"Thank you for your feedback !"
Nov 21, 2019
jvjnavysister replied to Proudmomofsailor79's discussion 'Vision Waiver' in the group RCU SHIP 04 DIV 741
"just curious to see how long this issue usually takes to resolve. I think we might be in the same boat :("
Nov 20, 2019
Phoenixmom replied to jvjnavysister's discussion 'Question'
"Here is some info on ship 4, I would wait until you get the form letter or a call from your Brother. Hoping all is ok. Ship 4 houses both integrated and all male divisions. Ship 4 is also the RCU-Recruit Convalescent Unit-where sick or…"
Nov 20, 2019
Jen replied to jvjnavysister's discussion 'Question'
"Hi.. there is a chance he will not get the letters you send prior to receiving his form letter. I took that chance and started sending letters to my son immediately after the recruiter gave me his address because I didn't mind wasting a few…"
Nov 20, 2019
jvjnavysister posted a discussion


Does anyone know anything about ship 4 at Great Lakes? I just got my brothers address from his recruiter and wanted to know if I can start sending mail now or am I supposed to wait until I receive something from him?See More
Nov 20, 2019
B'sNukeMoM⚓️MMN(Vet) left a comment for jvjnavysister
"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…"
Nov 17, 2019

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At 2:14am on November 25, 2019, lemonelephant said…

I see that you have joined Ship 5 Moms(Formerly Ship 17) and see FAQ about SEPS and for more information on SEPS.

Be sure to have your recruit sign paperwork with legal so that they will be able to discuss the situation with you if your recruit wants that to happen. Your recruit will also have to sign the HIPAA form for you to speak with anyone about any medical condition.

FAQ about SEPS indicates that phone calls are authorized daily, but the recruits may not have access to phones every day to make calls. Those in SEPS are usually able to go to the NEX at least twice a week--females on Monday/Wednesday and males on Tuesday/Thursday--and sometimes on Saturday and the recruits are able to access the phone banks on those days and make calls if they have a phone card.

To join the Ship 5 SEPS fB group, click It is a closed group and you must be approved to join, which may take a few days to a week or so. Remember that the reasons for being in SEPS are as varied as the recruits there.

"Separated" is now an option for “Stage of (Sailor’s) Navy career?” on your My Page.

At 2:13am on November 25, 2019, lemonelephant said…
At 1:50am on November 19, 2019, lemonelephant said…

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

At 1:50am on November 19, 2019, 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 RTC and read 1 or 2 pages a day and then go back to them as you need the info. 

If you would like information on your recruit’s rating (job/occupational specialty) or field, then let me know the rating or field. There are groups for most specialties and/or "A" Schools and knowing that will help you to better plan for PIR weekend.   

Take care and blessings to you and yours

At 3:00am on November 17, 2019, lemonelephant said…

Make at least change 3 at the bottom of OPSEC and PERSEC (Making Changes to Your Profile) (clickable link) and change the Privacy Settings for this page from "Anyone" to "Members." 

There may be other changes you need to make as well, so read and consider each of the changes.

At 1:22am on November 17, 2019, 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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