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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.

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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."


**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.

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I am new and this is so confusing for me. My daughter will leave December 10 to Great Lakes but I have really not been informed of anything other than the date that she is leaving. I know nothing of what will happen after she leaves my door and it terrifies me!

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Comment by lemonelephant on October 1, 2019 at 9:51pm

I left info on your My Page that will help you prepare and know what to expect.

Comment by DaddysGirl on October 1, 2019 at 11:08pm

Read everything you can from this site.  I see lemonelephant left you information.  She is a veteran at this crazy trip!  There are several others here too.  My daughter has been at Boot Camp for 2 weeks tonight.  It has been very emotional for both of us so far.  Be strong for your daughter and encourage her every chance you get!!  Like everyone will tell you, No News is Good News.  Difficult to accept, though.

Comment by Jen on October 2, 2019 at 8:15am
Spend as much quality time as you can with her before she leaves. It will hurt and that is no lie, but with a family/friend support system and NAVYfor Moms it becomes easier. Telling yourself to suck it up and be strong for her helps too. If you haven't watched the Making a Sailor videos then have family and friend night to watch all of the episodes. You will laugh and you will cry, but most of all you will be chest busting proud of her. Good luck to you and your daughter.
Comment by ShipOfDoodles on October 2, 2019 at 9:14am

Good advice above. My son left September 4 and most of my angst came from not knowing what to expect. The experience of others--and their compassion during those first few weeks carried me. In today's world when we are connected to each other in fractions of a second, the hardest part (in my opinion) was the lack of communication. It was a full two weeks before the form letter came, along with three early letters. Some have had to wait even longer. (I was unable to get any information from his recruiter as his recruiter had gone back to active duty and shipped out--so, no mailing address until the form letter came.) My Doodles did not understand what all the hand-wringing was all about. Following the sage advice of the administrators for this site (read, read, read), will help tremendously. Know the letter will come. Expect delays, especially if they are waiting for a division to fill up. It was a long time before he finally received our mail, but we wrote anyway, and all that mail arriving lifted his spirits tremendously. They know it takes a long time for mail to finally arrive, but believe me--they are plenty busy and best of all, they are not alone. One other note:  that first phone call home does not necessarily happen right at week three. I had to wait longer. But! It will happen! Be strong for her. Hold your worries and fears, and use your energy to direct positive thoughts and encouragement her way every time you write. It's all good mama! She's got this!

Comment by B'sNukeMoM⚓️MMN on October 2, 2019 at 11:05am

Be sure to join the boot camp group - I left the link in the welcome message on your page.  You'll find lots of good info there and answers to most of your questions!

Comment by Velvetenor on October 4, 2019 at 1:33pm

Hi MeriLee71. I can only echo what everyone else has said here already. My son leaves for GL the week before your daughter (Dec 4th) and this site has been SOOOO helpful to me with tons of information and encouragement and support.

Be strong, my friend! We will get through this! :)


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