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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 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).  

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.


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**UPDATE 6/23/2022 - MASK MANDATE IS LIFTED -  Vaccinations still 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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NavyMom9519 liked Duke0625's discussion Division 409
Sep 18, 2019
NavyMom9519 replied to Duke0625's discussion 'Division 409' in the group Boot Camp Moms (and loved ones)
"Hi Deb s! My son left 9/5! I am sure we will hear from them soon since it seems those that left 9/2 have received their letters recently. I hope so! I’ve done so good so far but I’m starting to feel sad that I haven’t received it…"
Sep 18, 2019
STP0203 liked Duke0625's discussion Division 409
Sep 18, 2019
STP0203 replied to Duke0625's discussion 'Division 409' in the group Boot Camp Moms (and loved ones)
"My son is in division 409 and graduation is 11/1/2019 as well. I am partially anxious to see him after he goes through BC, and proud of him. I just sent a letter through SANDBOXX. I was surprised it was a little pricey. I have been encouraged after…"
Sep 18, 2019
STP0203 liked Duke0625's discussion Division 409
Sep 18, 2019
ShipOfDoodles replied to Duke0625's discussion 'Division 409' in the group Boot Camp Moms (and loved ones)
"Hi, Duke0625! My son left on 09/04 and I have not yet received his box--and probably won't since they changed the protocol with Division 409, and boxes no longer come home. I also (two weeks today), have not yet received the form letter. Hang…"
Sep 18, 2019
Mom1st replied to Duke0625's discussion 'Division 409' in the group Boot Camp Moms (and loved ones)
"My daughter left on 9/10. I was cried and was emotional the first couple of days before she left to BC. I was fine the day she swore in, until I got back home. I walked right past her room, and then finally I got the courage to go in her room. It…"
Sep 16, 2019
Ajbrn replied to Duke0625's discussion 'Division 409' in the group Boot Camp Moms (and loved ones)
"My kiddo left on 9/3 I don't know his division yet. I'm waiting for the form letter. Most days I'm okay but there are days that I just melt down with sadness. Being the oldest it's the first time we've been through this even…"
Sep 11, 2019
B'sNukeMoM⚓️MMN replied to Duke0625's discussion 'Division 409' in the group Boot Camp Moms (and loved ones)
"Hang in there!"
Sep 11, 2019
ErikaWithaK replied to Duke0625's discussion 'Division 409' in the group Boot Camp Moms (and loved ones)
"RTC announced last week that beginning with Div 409, the box is no longer being sent home. They will now be stored locally and returned to the recruits the day before graduation. Our form letter took 3 weeks as my son had to wait for a 900 division…"
Sep 11, 2019
Bandmom replied to Duke0625's discussion 'Division 409' in the group Boot Camp Moms (and loved ones)
"Yes, wait until you get the form letter.  Sometimes they have to wait for the division to fill up so PIR is later.  Sometimes they get in a Push division so PIR is earlier.  If you haven't gotten the Box yet you will soon, and…"
Sep 11, 2019
ErikaWithaK replied to Duke0625's discussion 'Division 409' in the group Boot Camp Moms (and loved ones)
"Hang in there. The first few weeks are the hardest. My son graduated 8/9/19 and now i look back and kick myself for worrying so much. But hey, that's what moms do. I learned 1 thing to be news is good news. If they get injured or are…"
Sep 11, 2019
ShawnMom replied to Duke0625's discussion 'Division 409' in the group Boot Camp Moms (and loved ones)
"Hi Duke0625, I don’t have a recruit in that division (mine has been in a few years now) but I certainly understand the part about having a hard time. It is such a sudden and complete transition. I allowed myself time to cry but also made sure…"
Sep 11, 2019
Duke0625 replied to Duke0625's discussion 'Division 409' in the group Boot Camp Moms (and loved ones)
"I got a text message from this number dont really know who it is.  my son didnt really tell me too much about anything. i got an address but this very helpful lady has informed me to wait till i get the form letter.  it was kind of all a…"
Sep 11, 2019
Pooter527 replied to Duke0625's discussion 'Division 409' in the group Boot Camp Moms (and loved ones)
"How did you get the pir date so quick? I remember waiting a bit to receive it. My son is 2 yrs in, in the ME.  I remember basic vividly. It will get better. Try to keep your mind busy."
Sep 11, 2019

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At 10:42am on November 4, 2019, Chipmunk said…

I am not sure how active the group is that you are on but the one above is what I am active on.  I just posted a comment on ShipOfDoodles page but she moderates comments (which is good) but I can't copy and paste it. 

Most of what your sailor will need at GC (Goose Creek) for A school they can buy at the mini Nex or large Nex. - I would definitely bring his favorite running shoes, one pair of civilian lounge type clothes that he may change into in his room, a few pair of favorite underwear, some extra black socks, maybe white for running ??, a Kindle or small Tablet, and cell phone / charger if that did not stay in GL. Otherwise, wait till he gets to GC and lets you know what he might want you to ship to him.

At 10:37am on November 4, 2019, Chipmunk said…

Duke0625 - I would recommend you join the NukeMom's group let me get the link for you.

At 11:41pm on October 30, 2019, lemonelephant said…

Since you have a Sailor, you can change "At Boot Camp now" above to “Enlisted.” 

If you get an error message, then look at the area/s in the error message and unclick all of the choices in the area/s and make choices closer to the question/s. Some choices may have changed since you joined.

At 5:01pm on September 7, 2019, lemonelephant said…

Divisions 409 and 410 are brother divisions and train together and will have Battle Stations-21 (BST) together, so look for others with loved ones in either division. Write to your recruit and ask when Battle Stations-21 (BST) will be so you will know when to expect the "I'm a Sailor!" call.

There is info on your recruit's ship and more in Ship/Division--How it Works.

At 2:23pm on September 6, 2019, lemonelephant said…

Join NUKE moms; you may also want to check out Nuke A School FAQ and Nuke School Charleston. You may want to check out these facebook pages: Naval Support Activity Charleston, SC and Naval Nuclear Power Training Command Facebook page.

The Rating Information Card for NF can be found at (If you get the security warning, it is safe to go there.) has some good info for you.

Your Sailor will most likely fly out to "A" School the day after PIR. Plan to leave late Saturday or on Sunday.See PIR Day and Liberty during PIR Weekend to help you know how to plan your weekend.

Your Sailor may have Prototype in Ballston Spa, NY; if so, join Moms/Dads/Families with Nukes in Ballston Spa, NYat that time. Some stay in Charleston.

At 3:51pm on September 5, 2019, lemonelephant said…

I sent changes in a PM. PM's are found in the Inbox in the upper left.

At 10:51am on September 5, 2019, B'sNukeMoM⚓️MMN 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.  

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