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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 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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Paula (Will's Mom)'s Blog (5)

Still no call

It's been 25 days... I've received two letters but still no phone call.... He sounded much better in his second letter than his first... I expected that he would hate it at first, but then get accustomed to it and be ok... He said my letters help him so much!! I cannot stress the importance of writing them because if they cannot call, that's all they have to get through boot camp. Don't get me wrong...I cling to my phone all day and when the call doesn't come, my heart breaks... But I'm holding… Continue

Added by Paula (Will's Mom) on April 21, 2013 at 9:26am — 4 Comments


Well, I received a text from my sons girlfriend...she received a letter today from my son. He said he hates it there and he misses everyone bad. I'm sure I will have a letter at home...I know it's not easy for them and that he will hate it. I just know I'm going to need a box of tissues tonight... :(

Added by Paula (Will's Mom) on April 11, 2013 at 3:29pm — 8 Comments


Almost too weeks and no official letter yet... I'm trying to be patient but this is killing me!! Everyone who left on or around my sons date (3/27) received their letter....what if mine got lost??! What do I do??? I'm just worried I won't get the information I need to go to PIR.. How would I get that if I don't get the letter??? Help!!! Anyone know?? Freaking out at 6:30am on a Saturday!! Thanks!!

Added by Paula (Will's Mom) on April 6, 2013 at 6:33am — 4 Comments

Week one over...

Well one week has passed since I sent my son off to the Navy. It's been a week of ups and downs. I received his box yesterday but no other information as of yet. The hardest part is not hearing his voice or seeing his smile... I just try to remain positive, knowing in 7 weeks I will be the proud mother of a sailor!!

Added by Paula (Will's Mom) on April 3, 2013 at 10:37am — 14 Comments

My son arrived to RTC on 3/27/13

My only son left on 3/27/13 for boot camp in Great Lakes. It has been the hardest week ever!! I just received his address from his recruiter. He's on ship 12 USS Triton Division 199I... Anyone else??? His tentative graduation is may 24, 2013. This is a first for me so any advice is helpful!!


Added by Paula (Will's Mom) on April 1, 2013 at 4:42pm — 22 Comments

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