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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 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).  

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 6/23/2022 - MASK MANDATE IS LIFTED -  Vaccinations still 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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Am I the Only Excited Mom? Why are There So Many Sad Moms??

On every site related to our recruits, I see post after post of parents who are so sad about their child being in boot camp.  I'm very close to my son but I'm beginning to feel abnormal.  It is hard not to be able to talk to him any time I want but I am so proud of what he is doing so it's hard to be sad.  I am so happy that he has made good decisions for his future and is creating a valuable life for himself.  Sure, I hang up the phone and cry when I do get those rare phone calls but what he is doing is so much more important than my emotions.  I just hang on to what he is accomplishing.  This journey is about him and his future.  I'm very happy that I am allowed to be a part of that future.  When my dad enlisted, everything was done under a cloak of secrecy.  Things have changed so much and I'm grateful that there are so many forums available to hear news of what's going on during boot camp. I don't feel removed from my child.  I am not worried about what he is doing.  I'm excited!  Even if he were home with me, I wouldn't see him that much because he would be working or out with friends.  He is growing up and turning into a man so I know I have to let him grow.  That's my new job.  I can't hold him back with tears and guilt.  So for all you moms out there who are so sad, be proud.  You raised your child to be a productive adult and now they are doing it.  You raised them to flourish and now they are.  Celebrate your child and your accomplishment.  This is one of the best things they could do for themselves.  Remember, no news is good news.

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Comment by Denise - browns57 on August 2, 2014 at 9:54pm

Very well said, my son joined 3 years ago. I have missed him every holiday but am very proud of him.

Comment by karenc on August 3, 2014 at 8:54am

These are exactly the words I needed to read. My son leaves for boot camp tomorrow and I am having a hard time with it. I keep reminding myself that my tears are selfish. Im crying because I feel bad for myself. I will miss him like crazy but in my heart I know this is a fantastic opportunity for him. The education he will get and the adventures he is about to have are priceless. I need to learn to toughen up and remind myself to be excited for him every moment.Thank you for your words pattieg

Comment by Sierrascrapper (ETN2) on August 3, 2014 at 4:43pm
I feel a lot the same way as you do. I'm so excited for my son. The opportunities available for him are amazing. I will admit that at times I feel like those sad Moms. Most of the time I can pull myself back to reality with the help of my Navy Moms or my husband. I try to help those other Moms who are having trouble with missing their SR. Those of us who have that strength need to help carry those Moms who are feeling down.
Comment by WilliamSP on August 4, 2014 at 12:10am
Very proud, very greatful, son made his own decision and left looking ready for the challenge, can't wait to see the finished product of bootcamp
Comment by 3rdGenerationSailor'sMom on August 5, 2014 at 3:59am

Well said....I thought I was the only one who felt that way...nothing to be sad about over here either!!

Comment by Notes4me on August 5, 2014 at 10:26am

Very well said. Although I miss my daughter terribly, I am so proud of her and the choices she has made. She's on her way to a life full of many adventures. 

Comment by benmom on August 5, 2014 at 6:25pm

im a strong mom ,my mind strong,i put mi emotions strong too.but i still miss my sailor always./god bless.

Comment by girl64 on August 5, 2014 at 6:39pm

I am proud also. I wasn't sad at first but now I really miss him more than ever. I think it's been 2-3 weeks and I haven't been able to talk to him and he hates writing so who knows if i will hear from him again for a while. I just wish I knew what was going on!

Comment by Susiedental on August 6, 2014 at 9:48pm
Extremely well said. I was so excited when my son enlisted. He had a ten month DEP wait and it was like an eternity. I was so anxious for him to start his life. He was 24 by the time he shipped. I was so proud and happy about what he was doing. I'm not saying I don't miss him and I cry sometimes, but mostly I am extremely proud and happy about what he's doing. Nothing here to be sad about. It's not about me. It's about him.
Comment by FlowerPowerNavyMom on August 11, 2014 at 8:00am

I too, am very excited for my son!  Of course I miss him, but I have already started cleaning out his room. He will always have a place to come home too, but he will prolly not live with me again. I am so anxious to hear of travels when they start. The possibilities are endless for these kids! Yup, I cried and think abt him all the time, wondering what he's doing. I whisper Good Morning and Good Night every day and night with of course, Be Safe, I love You and Miss You. But we are both on to new chapters.  Glad to see that I am not alone.

Happy Monday!


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