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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 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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CryptoDad's Blog (24)

13 Years Ago Today....

My daughter posted the following on Facebook this morning:

To the blind eye this looks like a class ring but it's way more important...

13 years ago today at 17 years old I made the biggest decision of my life which altered everything from there on forward. It…

Added by CryptoDad on July 7, 2017 at 2:30pm — 1 Comment

This will only take a minute.....

Can we all just take a minute and say a prayer for the seven Navy Moms who this wekend received the phone call that no parent ever wants receive.

Carry on, USS Fitzgerald.

Added by CryptoDad on June 19, 2017 at 9:03am — 13 Comments

Coin Collection

Daughter says that every time she moves and unpacks her coins the collection seams to have grown.

Added by CryptoDad on January 8, 2017 at 11:54pm — No Comments

Never Forget

Added by CryptoDad on December 7, 2016 at 4:38pm — No Comments

It's not that difficult.....

Added by CryptoDad on May 30, 2016 at 11:30pm — No Comments

There Is A Difference.

This Saturday, May 21, is the day to honor your Sailor.

Added by CryptoDad on May 18, 2016 at 1:43pm — No Comments

New Female Uniforms

After 99 years Navy uniforms have caught up with Bernice Smith.

John R Moore's photo.
Read about new female uniforms HERE.…

Added by CryptoDad on April 10, 2016 at 12:00pm — 1 Comment

RTC Chapel

Its Sunday and I got to thinking about religious services offered at the RTC chapel. If you aren't familiar with the RTC chapel the link to the website is HERE.

We're mainline Protestant, so my daughter felt comfortable with several of the services. She ended up favoring one that had the best music. She…


Added by CryptoDad on April 10, 2016 at 10:13am — No Comments

Forget the phone card? Don't panic.

Recruits can buy phone cards at the RTC NEX adjacent to the phone banks. No one misses a chance to call home for lack of a phone card.

Added by CryptoDad on March 31, 2016 at 8:30am — No Comments

Pop Quiz!

Where is this?

Added by CryptoDad on January 22, 2016 at 2:24pm — 2 Comments


Dec 2006, USS Arizona Memorial. My Sailor raises the memorial flag of her late grandfather (a Pearl Harbor survivor) over…


Added by CryptoDad on December 7, 2015 at 3:00am — No Comments

July 7, 2004

Added by CryptoDad on July 7, 2015 at 12:14pm — 2 Comments

Home for College Graduation (and Mothers Day!)

CryptoGirl and her cousin Jenn pose with their new college diplomas!

Jenn worked her way to her business degree with evening and weekend classes on campus. CryptoGirl earned the same degree via the Navy College Program and…


Added by CryptoDad on May 10, 2015 at 12:30am — 3 Comments

Recruit Photos - 1939

What a wonderful time we live in. Cameras built into portable phones that fit in your pocket. Snap a photo and in moments its transmitted all over the planet. Wow.

But if you have a Recruit at Great Lakes there are no personal phones/cameras. Maybe maybe maybe your kid will show up in a random photo on Face Book. Maybe. If you are lucky.

Now step into the Way Back Machine and  set it to the spring of 1939. That's when my dad went to Boot Camp at Great Lakes.

At that time…


Added by CryptoDad on March 1, 2015 at 3:56am — No Comments

Go Navy!

Added by CryptoDad on December 11, 2014 at 7:17pm — 4 Comments

Bachelors Degree

It's been 10+ years in the making, but with the Navy College Program, Southern New Hampshire University, The NCP Distance Learning…


Added by CryptoDad on November 17, 2014 at 2:09pm — 2 Comments

Another Day......

Off to do her country's bidding.…


Added by CryptoDad on September 16, 2014 at 12:50pm — No Comments

Navy Retention Survey

Sad, but this sums up why my Sailor has no plans on taking the Oath of Enlistment next year for the 4th time. :(

"Sailors are most likely to leave uniformed service because of a perception of increasingly high operational tempo, poor work/life balance, low service-wide morale, declining pay and compensation, waning desire to hold senior leadership positions, and a widespread distrust of senior leadership, all of  which erodes loyalty to the institution," the survey states.…


Added by CryptoDad on September 5, 2014 at 11:22am — 1 Comment

Birthday Gift

10 years ago my daughter celebrated her 18th birthday at RTC, All the Navy gave her was a new ball cap and a long phone call home. ;)

And 6 months later her fuzzy birthday photo appeared in the RTC Family Guide.

Added by CryptoDad on August 27, 2014 at 9:35am — 1 Comment

Courtesy of The Navy College Program and T.A.

Added by CryptoDad on August 16, 2014 at 10:53pm — 4 Comments

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