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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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At 6:20pm on September 16, 2011, Rebecca4 said…
Thanks!  I will check into the Marriott.  We plan on a day in Williamsburg and if the weather is okay, a day at Busch Gardens (I have a 13 year old!).  We figured we would just check out the monuments in DC since we really would only have a day and a half there.  Maybe it would be better to leave Friday evening after commuter traffic and just figure on getting back to Norfolk late?  I don't have plane reservations yet, but we do need to fly out on Saturday.  I'm hoping for a late afternoon flight.  We plan on being there five days after our son comes in--but not sure what his schedule will be like so we wanted to stay near Norfolk.  DC is some place we would love to show our daughter, but we also don't want to be away from our boy for too long.  It is a quandry!  I am hoping he will have those 5 days off (but who knows!) and then we could add an extra day in DC.  We have a hotel already in Norfolk by the water so hope they will let me be flexible if I need to change dates.  Maybe it isn't a good idea to try to squeeze DC in if traffic is really bad.  We just don't know when we will have the money to be able to fly back there again.
At 2:46pm on September 13, 2011, Rebecca4 said…
Hi KatG--Thank you for offering your advice on hotels in the DC area!  I have no idea where to stay!  We are going to drive there Thursday morning and would like to spend the evening in a hotel in DC or close to it.  On Friday, we want to tour as much as we can but then need to head back to Norfolk in the evening.  We will need to drop our son off at the base and leave on Saturday so am thinking it would be smart if I could find a hotel on the way back down to Norfolk.  Trying to give ourselves as much time in DC as possible!  Does this make any sense?

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