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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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Navy Speak

Click here to learn common Navy terms and acronyms!  (Hint:  When you can speak an entire sentence using only acronyms and one verb, you're truly a Navy mom.)

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Visite esta página para explorar en su idioma las oportunidades de educación y carreras para sus hijos en el Navy.


How many minutes do they need for calling gcards at BC?

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Comment by lemonelephant on May 6, 2015 at 5:16pm

Since most phone cards will deduct 10 minutes for each call, many suggest one with at least 400 minutes. Your future Sailor will get one in his ditty bag or black back pack at the RTC, but it never hurts to have one. See Things to Do in the Last Month before Your Future Sailor Leaves for... and Phone Cards and Phone Calls.

Comment by lemonelephant on May 6, 2015 at 5:17pm

Stacie, check your My Page. You have SEVERAL changes to make.

Comment by My2kidz on May 7, 2015 at 2:12pm

You also might want to think about getting a card that you can automatically re-fill. As lemonelephant pointed out, each time they make a call it usually deducts 10 minutes. When my son was at RTC and would get a chance to call he usually tried to call me, his GF, his sister. That is 30 minutes without even talk time! I got a PennyTalk card and set it up to automatically re-fill. worked like a charm.

Comment by lemonelephant on May 8, 2015 at 12:36am

The thing about PennyTalk is that a 90¢ payphone surcharge applies to each call made from a payphone and your recruit will call from a payphone and there is a 49¢ connection fee each time a call connects, but it is a cost effective option since the cost per minute for a calling card is 8¢ to 40¢ depending on the card.

Comment by Mightymouse on May 8, 2015 at 10:19pm

Is PennyTalk the most common card to get?  Where can you find them?

Comment by lemonelephant on May 8, 2015 at 10:25pm

Actually very few use PennyTalk, but some do. There is info on PennyTalk in Phone Cards and Phone Calls.

Comment by Mightymouse on May 9, 2015 at 5:29pm

I found a Penny Talk card at Walgreens.  It says there is a 49 cent connection charge and it's 1 cent per minute.  This particular one isn't reloadable from what I can tell.  It cost $10.


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