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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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Any info helps! New to this group

Hey everyone I’m new to the navy for moms website. My significant other is currently in Great Lakes for boot camp. I have gotten quite a bit of information but I am kinda hoping to find new things out. Anything on boot camp as it goes on, graduation ceremony info, and the only main question I have is if no updates are a good thing. I have sent out letters via Sandboxx and no replies yet he started June 7th. Hoping and praying every thing is going well. Any new info helps

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Comment by Chipmunk on June 19, 2023 at 11:58pm


We do our best to keep the information, especially on the BC Mom and Loved Ones group as up to date as possible. If you scroll down the information in the middle of that group page, especially, UPDATED TRAINING SCHEDULE (6/2022 - Thanks to belovedbyHim) - All of our information comes either from what RTC has on their website - Home (

Or what we learn from others who have recently been to PIR or had SR (seaman recruits) at BC. Be sure to read all of the information on both the RTC website which I gave you the link for and the information on the BC Mom group page, including the other "pages" that are listed on the right side - be sure to click View All. This site is easiest viewed on a computer but I posted a comment on your profile page to put a mobile device into desktop mode if you are not able to navigate well around the pages. 

Here is information on Sandboxx App for BC - all blue type on this site is hyperlinks to other information for you to read. It is my understanding that just because you send letters via Sandboxx they may or may not be that much faster than regular postal mail. They still have to train someone to be the Recruit Petty Officer for the mail room, who picks up the mail and delivers it to the different SRs in the division. Also, Sandboxx is NOT private. It is like writing a postcard and other people read what you write and print it out for your SR, so just use it for the encouraging words. If Sandboxx was even an option when my son was at BC, I do not know. We still had to wait almost 3 - 4 weeks for our first letter from our SR, and they were only allowed to write on Sunday, and their letters were mailed on Monday. I don't think it is much different with Sandboxx, so our mantra around here is "No News is Good News!!" - 

So, YES, if you have had no updates and your are his primary contact versus his parents, then if you do not hear of any change of status, then assume all is going according to plan. 

If you look on the left side of this page, scroll down, and you will see some links for two documentary videos. I know this may seem like it is "old" but it is the best we have to offer. 

There has been some talk that they may be moving back away from 10 weeks to the original 8 weeks, but we have not had any concrete confirmation on that. 

The best place for you to post your specific questions is in the Comment Wall area on the BC Mom group, where you should have received a notification with my welcome to the group from me. 

Comment by Chipmunk on November 14, 2023 at 9:08am

FYI - For anyone new that might stop by this blog post - be sure to come join us in the Boot Camp Moms (and loved ones) - Navy For Moms (  group. That is the best place to ask your questions and post your ups and downs. 

When you go to the group page, look for the Comment Wall area and post your questions there. If you are on a mobile device, I recommend putting it into desktop mode so you can see how to navigate around the group pages on this site. You will need to scroll down the page past information, past the discussions and then you will find the Comment Wall. More of the members will receive email notifications from the Comment Wall and you are more likely to get more responses.

All of us that are a part of this site, lead busy lives and want to help and encourage, but we all volunteer our time, so the more you post and the more questions you ask the more likely you are to get answers, to make friends and to find the support you are looking for. 


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