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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 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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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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My son is leaving for Boot Camp on May 23rd.....I will be there when he takes oath and leaves but I'm worried about how hard it's going to be to say goodbye to his family and friends and I don't know if I can be strong and not break down which will make it worse for him. 


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Comment by Ladichez on May 1, 2013 at 9:38pm
My daughter leaves on May 20th omg I know I won't be able to hold it in. We are EXTREMELY close. Just thinking of it makes me cry. I will try to be strong but it will be hard. I am having a goodbye party for her to say goodbye to her friends on may 11th because I want to her to spend her last days with her family. I pray for all the young men and ladies taking this brave step. I think it would be better if I can at least Skype her lol. So I know exactly how you feel. We both will be in the same boat sitting at home waiting on are calls.
Comment by proudmom on May 3, 2013 at 6:02pm

My daughter just left for BC on the 17th of April. We were there also for the swearing in ceremony. After taking the oath they give the recruits a little while to spend time with the families and all of a sudden they had to go into another room. When they came out they were in a straight line and they walked to the front of the building. Soon another officer came and got us and said they were preparing for the departure ceremony. At this time a young lady welcomed the recruits and gave them a little pep talk and said congraulations in joining the Navy, then all of the people around clapped and said welcomed. Then the recruits were told to say their final good-byes and they were led down the hall. We were able to go down the elevator and saw them as they came down the hall and watched them get into the van to head to the airport. By the time we realized what was going on there was no stopping and the three recruits that left with my daughter were all in smiles when going out the door... My daughter never looked back to see the tears that i was shedding..


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