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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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Proud Mom's Blog (35)


My son survived his first blizzard at Great Lakes.

Added by Proud Mom on December 13, 2010 at 6:34am — 2 Comments

I am back from Graduation!

OMG! so much to tell everyone. First, if you are going to spend some time in Chicago, don't drive. Chicago has NO parking at all. If you do drive, make sure you set a side parking money. It is expensive and make sure you read the parking signs.

Graduation was awesome. All the sailors did a great job. We got to spend 21/2 days with my son. The weather got bad so we didn't go to far. Gurnee is a great city to find good eats. Lots of shopping and spending time together. My sailor, moved…


Added by Proud Mom on December 6, 2010 at 11:13pm — 16 Comments

Happy Birthday

Happy Birthday to my son. He is 19 today. I love you.

Added by Proud Mom on November 27, 2010 at 11:51am — 5 Comments

Awesome Surprise

I was looking at my facebook, checking out all the pictures from the recruits Thanksgiving. Finally, I found a picture of him and some friends. He looks hansome in his uniform and most of all HAPPY. Thank you to all volunteers that gave up their Thanksgiving to make sure that the recruits had a hot meal and a Happy Thanksgiving. Most of all Thanks for the Picture.

Added by Proud Mom on November 26, 2010 at 2:17pm — 3 Comments

I Got the Call ' I am a Sailor"

I just got the phone call. He is now a sailor. I am so excited. Thank you to everyone that help me through these difficult times.

Added by Proud Mom on November 24, 2010 at 7:54pm — 3 Comments

10 days til he graduates!

I am assuming that he has passed his running. He has 10 days til he graduates. I mailed his last letter today. I hope he gets it. I think it will be okay. I can't believe that it is almost here. Everyone have a Happy Thanksgiving. Keep your phones on in case you get that call. My phone will be on and volume turned up.

Added by Proud Mom on November 24, 2010 at 1:19pm — 2 Comments

After graduation

After my son graduates, do I need to bring him some clothes or do they wear a uniform all the time? What else will I need to bring?

Added by Proud Mom on November 21, 2010 at 5:52pm — 3 Comments

Last I heard

Last I heard my son was worried about his running test. Is " No news good news?" or should I still worry. He should graduate in a week and a half. I don't know what to think.

Added by Proud Mom on November 21, 2010 at 11:38am — 3 Comments

Running Test

My son is at bootcamp worried about his running test. He hasn't past it yet. He can't seem to run a mile and a half in 12 minutes. Any advice?

Added by Proud Mom on November 15, 2010 at 9:02pm — 3 Comments

After Boot Camp

So my son writes me and wants me to bring his game system, tv and all his video games to him after graduation. How much supervision is there going to be? I don't want to bring all this stuff because it will distract him fro his studying. All that game stuff was a huge problem durning high school. I don't want to encourage it at all. Any ideas of how life will be at bootcamp?

Added by Proud Mom on November 6, 2010 at 10:44pm — 5 Comments

My son is not missing me so much anymore

Wow,how the tone has changed in his letters. He is sounding much better and looking forwarding to moving in his room. He has made friends and his didvision has earned a flag. He is so much more up beat. He even says that he is not missing us so much now.

Added by Proud Mom on November 5, 2010 at 5:32am — 1 Comment

The week of graduation

What can I expect the week of graguation? Do know how far in advance I should get there.

Added by Proud Mom on November 1, 2010 at 5:00am — 3 Comments

I missed his first call home.

I am so upset. He called and I missed it. He was crying saying that he just wants to talk to me. I am so mad at myself.

Added by Proud Mom on October 28, 2010 at 5:23am — 7 Comments

Phone Call

I was hoping to get a phone call last Sunday. I didn't. I am so looking forward to that first call. I am afraid it will be both of us crying though. I am hoping that it will be soon.

Added by Proud Mom on October 26, 2010 at 5:31am — 2 Comments

My heart is breaking

I received my first letter from my son today, and it wasn't a very good one. He is having a rough time. He can't believe that he is missing us so much. He says he thought he was ready to leave and that he would be okay. But he says he has had some breaking down moments. What is a mother to do? My heart is breaking and all I do is cry.

Added by Proud Mom on October 21, 2010 at 9:13pm — 9 Comments

My son is ship 9 Division 010

Glad to have the group.

Added by Proud Mom on October 12, 2010 at 8:51pm — No Comments

I got his PIR date. Dec 3,

I am so excited just to see his hand writing. I got two little lines, he wrote at the end of the letter. I was thrilled.

Added by Proud Mom on October 12, 2010 at 6:09pm — 4 Comments


When should I hear abour PIR? I haven't heard anything yet. I write lots and lots of letters that have nothing to say to him. Mainly because my life is boring. I have been trying to get other people to write him.

Added by Proud Mom on October 12, 2010 at 5:32am — 1 Comment

Week 2

Well, my son and I have made it to week 2. I would love to hear from him, but then I know that won't happen for a while. I write him letters,and think about him everyday. I hope he gets to cal soon.

Added by Proud Mom on October 11, 2010 at 6:34am — 1 Comment

Kid in the Box

I got the Kid in the Box. I haven't opened it yet. I am a little nervous.

Added by Proud Mom on October 7, 2010 at 3:51pm — 9 Comments

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