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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 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.


RTC Graduation

**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 replied to potterycat's discussion 'All my Letters that I have been waiting to send' in the group Boot Camp Moms (and loved ones)
"Hi! I sent 14 letters at once. 2 per envelope, over a span of a few days. I numbered and dated them all."
Oct 21, 2019
potterycat replied to potterycat's discussion 'All my Letters that I have been waiting to send' in the group Boot Camp Moms (and loved ones)
"Martha I jumped up and down just to see her hand had touched the envelope!   I cried when I saw the Adopt a Sailor notice.   I would love to bring others too but it looks like only immediate family can adopt.... Thank you for posting…"
Oct 21, 2019
B'sNukeMoM⚓️MMN replied to potterycat's discussion 'All my Letters that I have been waiting to send' in the group Boot Camp Moms (and loved ones)
"And you can send all the letters in one manila envelope - she will have to open it in front of the RDC but it shouldn't be a problem.  If you are worried about that just send them in a few different envelopes.  # them on the outside…"
Oct 21, 2019
B'sNukeMoM⚓️MMN replied to potterycat's discussion 'All my Letters that I have been waiting to send' in the group Boot Camp Moms (and loved ones)
"Here's the info on the Thanksgiving Adopt-A-Sailor Program Families and friends of Recruit Training Command: Each year RTC sponsors our annual Thanksgiving Adopt-A-Sailor program, which allows eligible recruits the opportunity for off-base…"
Oct 21, 2019
Martha replied to potterycat's discussion 'All my Letters that I have been waiting to send' in the group Boot Camp Moms (and loved ones)
"It’s the best to see their handwriting! I sent out like 3 letter per envelope cause I too didn’t want to draw too much attention only to find out later that she says they never get harassed for mail cause her RDC’s are…"
Oct 21, 2019
potterycat replied to Mama Scha's discussion 'Waiting and trying to not worry' in the group Boot Camp Moms (and loved ones)
"Did you get your letter today?  I got mine. She went in on the 8th.  I miss her sooooo much.   I also reminded myself no news is good news.   It is so hard. "
Oct 21, 2019
potterycat replied to potterycat's discussion 'All my Letters that I have been waiting to send' in the group Boot Camp Moms (and loved ones)
"Also, can I adopt more than one sailor?  Perhaps someone that can't be with family? "
Oct 21, 2019
potterycat added a discussion to the group Boot Camp Moms (and loved ones)

All my Letters that I have been waiting to send

Hi, I received the form letter today!!!   It was so awesome to see her beautiful handwriting if nothing more than that on the informational letter.  AND...she gets to come home for Thanksgiving which is also her 18th birthday!  What a gift!   I already sent in the Adopt a Sailor letter!  And it has been confirmed! So, what is the best way to send all the letters I have been writing her?  Do I send them in 1 big manilla envelope or each individually?  Her dad has a lot of them too.  Will it draw…See More
Oct 21, 2019
potterycat commented on Anna's group 'Moms of Daughters 2'
"You all are very reassuring and I appreciate your kind words of experience.  I love the decorations.  I typically go all out decorating but this year has been so busy and no the month is already 1/2 over.  Maybe next year.  I am…"
Oct 16, 2019
potterycat commented on Anna's group 'Moms of Daughters 2'
"I woke up in a panic this morning.  It's been a week since I saw or heard from my girl.  This is the longest time I've spent with no communication with her since I found out about her.  I'm hanging in there but miss her…"
Oct 15, 2019

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A little about me:
My daughter is going to be a Nuke.
I am here to support my
Stage of (Sailor’s) Navy career?
Waiting to leave for Boot Camp
When I heard “Navy,” I...
was proud and encouraged it
The Navy offers opportunities that...
College cannot
Our Navy experience so far...
has been positive and maturing.

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At 1:20am on December 6, 2019, lemonelephant said…

Since you have a Sailor, you can change "Waiting to leave for Boot Camp" 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 1:42am on October 15, 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. 

Since you have a recruit at RTC, then you can change "Waiting to leave for Boot Camp" above to “Enlisted” or “At Boot Camp now.” Either is appropriate, but if you make the change to “Enlisted” now, then you will not have to change it again. 

At 7:06pm on June 21, 2019, Anna said…


I can understand how your daughter feels about joining verses going to college.  My daughters are twins and the oldest (by two minutes) knew she wanted to go to college. No doubt in her mind. Her twin wanted to join the Navy.  She did her time and got out knowing she wanted to do something else with her career.  She went on to attend Penn State and got her Bachelors degree in 3 years going full time year round.  She graduated without one dime of college debt!!!!  She is a proud veteran and very happy with her current career path.  She really feels that time spent in the Navy helped her grow and mature and helped get her where she is today.  Now the oldest twin - she did her first two years of college and then joined enlisted in a college to Naval Officer program.  She spent her last two years of college actually enlisted in the Navy and drawing Navy pay and health care.  As soon as she graduated she went to OCS and commissioned as an Officer.  She is still in, is a Lieutenant, and is hoping to stay in for many more years.  I also have a son who has been in since 2003.  My profile picture is of my three sailors at her commissioning in 2012!!! Hope this helps some.  Your daughter may go flip flopping between one or the other, especially if as you say - she just wants things to start happening!!!  In the end, only she will know for sure what she wants.  There are just so many benefits for young people  joining the military!!!  You just can't find that in the regular job market!!

At 4:56pm on June 16, 2019, Anna said…


I see you recently joined the Moms of Daughters 2 group and I want to welcome you!!  We are a close, friendly, supportive group of Moms and look forward to getting to know you and your sailor.  I see you are new to N4Ms and your daughter will be going to  boot camp soon?  Please feel free to jump in and join our conversations on our group page.  You can ask any questions you may have, talk freely about your feelings, fears or concerns, or just chat about life.  We are all in different phases of our daughter’s Naval careers - from newbies to those whose daughters have been in for several years - from officer to enlisted!!! We support all our sailor girls and each other as well. Not just during the Bootcamp days but the weeks and months following, as they go off to school, first duty station, or first deployment.  Let us support you when you're missing her, lend an ear when you need to vent, and celebrate with you when you want to brag!!  Again, Welcome Aboard!!!!!

At 1:08am on June 13, 2019, lemonelephant said…

I see you have joined 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 10:45am on June 7, 2019, B'sNukeMoM⚓️MMN said…

Also, please join us in our nuke moms group:

Nuke moms

At 10:44am on June 7, 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.  

Welcome to the NAVY family - we're so glad you're here!!

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