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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."


**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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I have been reading so much and about PIR day. Many are saying they are bringing their sons/daughters cell phones to them, laptops etal...and some recruits are allowed to take them and some no... whe…

I have been reading so much and about PIR day. Many are saying they are bringing their sons/daughters cell phones to them, laptops etal...and some recruits are allowed to take them and some no... where is the best place to stay; most convenient; I have a 76 year old grandpaw with me..I am renting a car...also where to go after PIR..some are saying the time is crunched..any suggestions; what are others doing? I am a single mom, with his grandfather and little brother coming for my sons PIR and pretty lost...any directions and suggestions is greatly appreciated! Also, I am told I may be able to see him on Saturday...if that is the case then I want to change my flight....I was flying in on Thur and out on Sat...suggestions very helpful;      Where to stay?

                                                  What to bring for him? Cell phone, computer etal

                                                  Where to eat?

                                                   Things to do?

                                                  Should I reschedule my flight for Sunday, as a just in case?

Thank you!

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Comment by Anti M on March 4, 2012 at 10:31am

What is his rate?  Job?  If you know that, then we can tell you if his A school is in Great Lakes or not.  If it is in Great Lakes, he can have his things when he checks into his school on Friday afternoon.  

Comment by prayforthesailors on March 4, 2012 at 6:43pm

If you are going to take his things to the airport, depending on his flight time he may be hanging around for awhile.  We met our son at the USO center at the airport.  They are absolutely wonderful there, very accomodating to the sailors and their families.  My son got to the airport at 7:00 AM and wasn't flying out until the afternoon.  We brought him his phone and laptop and were thrilled when he called us after arriving in SC.


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