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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 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).  Still limited to 2 guests maximum.

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 7/16/2021**




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



Our son left on Thursday January 14, 2021 and arrived in the evening in Chicago IL.  He did give us a very short call (1st I thought it was a machine so fast it went) and it was it.  We can not write to him because we don't have the address of where he is staying.  He did not write to us so far.  I thought I was tough, but realize how mother like I am.  It is a good thing, but it seams to come late.  I miss him more than I thought.  Does any one know when I can expect some news?  I know that with the Covid 19 things are a little bit more complicated.

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Comment by Chipmunk on January 21, 2021 at 11:02am

Good Morning - I left a comment on your profile page comehereyoung. I recommend that you join the BC Mom group  you will meet more people who have been through this process recently or are going through it at the same time as you are. Boot Camp Moms (and loved ones) - Navy For Moms (  Be sure to scroll down the page and find the comment wall there. 

The "form letter" - it will only have his address, no written message from him but a letter from RTC, and I think will be in a legal sized envelope with other information should arrive in about 4 - 5 weeks from the time he left for BC. Yes, it takes that long and some never received their letter, but had a personal letter from their SR (seaman recruit) so they had an address. 

If you should receive a call (which early on, you don't really want one because "No News is Good News" ) be sure to ask if he knows his Ship # and Div #. if you have those two pieces of information and no form letter yet, we can get you the rest of the address. 

Also become familiar with the RTC website Recruit Training Command Home Page (

It is the only thing I had when my son was in boot camp 3+ years ago because I didn't know about this site. 

Hugs!! This is definitely an emotional roller coaster ride for most of us and that is why it is good to connect in the BC Mom group. 

Comment by comehereyoung on January 21, 2021 at 4:31pm

Thank you, Chipmunk, it is very kind of you.   comehereyoung

Comment by Chipmunk on January 21, 2021 at 9:27pm

comehereyoung - I am glad to see that you have joined the BC Mom group!! Be sure to go there to the comment section and introduce yourself and share where you are at on this Navy Journey. I am on and off on this site, but there are more people that follow those comments in the BC Mom group that will be able to help you!! 


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