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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 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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Groton Sub School


I'm looking for more information on class/school processes. I've read the information on this site and it's been great, but I'm stuck after BESS. My Son completed BESS and is doing TCNO but won't share any info... he keeps reminding me he signed a NDR. I can't get an address to send him anything and I know he is going to be in CT for another 14-28 weeks. I went to visit him in August (the week of his 21st birthday) and spent a day with him, shopping and eating. I was…


Added by JuliaGoolia on October 22, 2021 at 3:16pm — 1 Comment

PIR - Coordination Question

We are planning our travel to be present at PIR next month.  Does anyone have any recommendations on the best places to stay nearby?  Any insight from those who have experience is greatly appreciated!  

Added by AMPD on September 11, 2021 at 5:53pm — 7 Comments

Buying Flight Tickets When going on Leave

Son just finished School and got assigned to a boat.  Was told they will be given leave time later this year when they return from an assignment - but won't know specific dates for leave until they return, so would probably be buying plane tickets to come home 2-3 weeks before the actual flight.  Roundtrip plane tickets to fly cross country are expensive any what but even more so when bought within a few days of departure date.   So, are sailors just out of luck and need to purchase high…


Added by Catherine on August 26, 2021 at 2:31pm — 4 Comments

Wanting to write

Hi everyone this is my first time posting and I'm not very tech savvy so please bare with me, anyway my son just came off quarantine on Wednesday in bootcamp,  but now I'm hearing he has another 2weeks before I can write or I'll hear from him, which is fine, but I just wanted to encourage him and make sure he was fine, he's my youngest at and 18 and has never been away from us this long. It's really me that's going through anxiety though, has anyone else experienced this ?

Added by LilDsmom on August 13, 2021 at 1:53pm — 8 Comments

Hard time

My son shipped out to boot camp yesterday. It’s been a rough two days.

Added by alecsmom on August 11, 2021 at 12:37am — 4 Comments

Graduation OCS Newport RI class 15-21

Hello, was wondering if anyone could offer any information as to the graduation process. 1) Should I book a room for 1-3 nights? 2) Looking for a basic idea of what to expect is it just 1 day or it’s a 3 day ceremony with social gathering etc.? 3) is their a limited number of invites? Any information would be greatly appreciated. Thank you so much

Added by Julie on July 8, 2021 at 12:33pm — 2 Comments

My OS son's 1st deployment

Today is an emotional day for me with a flood of memories. They grow up so fast. It seems like just yesterday he graduated high school and was shipping out to bootcamp. My son recently shipped out on his 1st deployment. He hasn't gotten his mailing address yet to give me yet. I have care packages full of snacks and toiletries ready to address and ship.

Prayers appreciated 

Jen OS Mom

Added by Jen(OS Mom) on July 2, 2021 at 12:47pm — 7 Comments

ROM Question

My SR left on 4/22 and should have ROM'd in RTC (yesterday was 2 weeks).  Does anyone know the exact day of the week they start the new cycle for training?  Wondering if he'll have to wait a few days to actually start, or if they start right away.  Also I believe they test the recruits before they start training, if he tests positive would he be given an opportunity to call us?  Missing him, and have anxiously been stalking the facebook page to see if I can see a picture of him:)  He left…


Added by CONavy_Mom on May 7, 2021 at 8:42am — 1 Comment


Need help ASAP! My son wrote just ship : triton on the letter but on the envelope he wrote “ship 12”.

I’ve already sent him letters and so have other family till i got on here and then went back and checked the envelope...

So which do I put???? Help!!!

Added by Kelly on April 17, 2021 at 5:22pm — 5 Comments

Rate cuts

this is my last post to this site as my son, who worked his butt off to become shop head at SDNB was released. I am shocked, saddened, and disgusted that instead of performance reviews all names are dropped into a hat and those pulled are sent on their way. He worked very hard and wanted to make a career of the Navy. Now he is in the highest expense area with only his wife's income. As she is Navy also they won't reassign her. To add injury to insult, his DD214 was wrong and he can't apply to… Continue

Added by cs3370cs on March 31, 2021 at 10:31am — 2 Comments

I am terrified about my child enlisting ... anyone have tips?

I come from a family of hippies, tree huggers, make love not war.  And I have been taught to question authority, stay away from any type of government and military lifestyle because the truth gets blurred. 

I don’t actually agree with most of my families views but am not necessarily against it either. Obviously, paranoid thoughts about governmental agencies being bad are silly. And I respect the ones who fight to keep us safe so that others can sit in ignorance and privelage debating…


Added by Scared2letuhavehim on March 22, 2021 at 11:16pm — 7 Comments

Captain's Mast

Hello everyone.  I have a concern...a huge concern.  Back in October 2020, my son was suicidal and I had to talk him out of it from 4000+miles away. He didn't go to the navy because he said you are black balled from there on and they don't help you anyway (there was multiple suicide attempts - us mother's talk, and one success 2 days into this deployment).  When talking to him, he expressed problems with his petty office as one of his reasons for wanted to just "be done with this life."  He…


Added by Syndrome's mom on March 12, 2021 at 10:44am — 8 Comments

My Sailor graduated A School!

I haven't been on here in quite awhile and wanted to check in to let you know my Sailor graduated A School for OS with a 96% grade point average. He is now in San Diego for C school studying GCCS. I am soooo proud of my son!

Jen (O SMom)

Added by Jen(OS Mom) on February 17, 2021 at 7:00pm — 3 Comments

January 5, 2021 departure date

My son departed for Boot Camp 1/5/21, obviously with the initial 2 weeks of ROM. I heard from him yesterday for his first call home to casually talk. It was great!!! And I have been on cloud nine since(just had to share)!! Anyone else's son/daughter in this group slated for a 3/19/21 graduation? Would love to connect.

Added by JWMom on February 7, 2021 at 11:45am — 5 Comments

Contact son

Our son left on Thursday January 14, 2021 and arrived in the evening in Chicago IL.  He did give us a very short call (1st I thought it was a machine so fast it went) and it was it.  We can not write to him because we don't have the address of where he is staying.  He did not write to us so far.  I thought I was tough, but realize how mother like I am.  It is a good thing, but it seams to come late.  I miss him more than I thought.  Does any one know when I can expect some news?  I know that…


Added by comehereyoung on January 21, 2021 at 9:32am — 3 Comments

OCS class 08-21 January 3, 2021

Looking to connect with other families with a candidate in OCS 08-21. My son is a pilot candidate 1390. Anybody out there with a child in the same class? 

Added by PLM4300 on January 14, 2021 at 12:17pm — 4 Comments

Paying for College

Hi all. My niece is wanting to enlist in the Navy as a Corpsman. She is wanting to go to college first then enlist and thought there was a program to help pay for school before she enlist. I told her I thought that was only if she went into an officer training program. Does anyone know of something else?

Added by Katymom5 on September 16, 2020 at 11:58am — 3 Comments

Bootcamp just ended!

Hello everyone!

I'm so glad I finally found this network!  My son just finished bootcamp and arrived in Charleston Friday night.  So far I have been happy to hear his voice 2 days in a row. But he'll be busy this week before he starts school.  

Take care all who have loved ones in boot camp, it will seem like a long time but they will be proud of their accomplishment and happy to hear from you when they get that first chance.  We only got one call from him when he arrived and…


Added by CarmenJS on September 13, 2020 at 10:05pm — 7 Comments

BC update

Hello All Moms,

Thank you all for making this emotional roller coaster journey a bit more manageable for my family. I wanted to give an update on our SR. His original graduation date was supposed to have been yesterday (9/11/20), but it had been pushed back due to second ROM, in less than two weeks after they started their training (his arrival date was 7/14/20) they were sent back as a whole unit to an even harder ROM than the first one. It was so hard watching PIR yesterday....Since…


Added by 4korcan on September 12, 2020 at 4:13pm — 2 Comments

Missing my baby girl

My baby girl was my ridding buddy every Weekend. I haven't been anywhere of fear i may miss a call. So i have been posted at home me and the Fire Stick watching movies and fine i gind myself crying over and over again even though I watching action movies. I tend to stay out of her room as though it kills me to go in there. BUT! on a lighter note I received the packet with her mailing address on it Saturday. I guess she has finally reached boot camp. As the silence has been harf not knowing her… Continue

Added by Valerie on September 8, 2020 at 3:27pm — 2 Comments

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