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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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My daughter recently graduated  from RTC March 9th and now is in A school. She recently found out that she will be deployed. I guess I just realized that I won't have her home on Thanksgiving and Christmas and it broke my heart. This will be the first holidays that we went be together as a family since she was born :'( Time to suck it up...Today was an emotional day!!!

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Comment by Anna Aviation Mom on April 2, 2012 at 9:56am
Thanks Denise, you have helped me a lot in this process. Good idea about celebrating the holidays early or later.
Comment by Denise - browns57 on April 2, 2012 at 10:08am

Anna - That's what we did last Christmas. My son missed Thanksgiving last year while he was in A school but was home on leave a week later so we had an early Christmas before he left for his first duty station.  My daughter was also gone over Christmas with her boyfriends family.  My oldest is married with a daughter so this year on Christmas morning was the first time in 30 years my husband & I woke up to no kids in the house.  It was strange and then a week ago today was my son's birthday, first time in 24 years that I had missed spending the day with him.  I think Denise is right, The first is probably the hardest but we all have to adjust.  Our Sailors will be home when they can make it home.

Comment by Anna Aviation Mom on April 2, 2012 at 8:21pm

I just got off the phone with my daughter and told her were celebrating Thanksgiving and Xmas when she comes home and she all OMG MOM! In April or May? and I said yes! She said can we celebrate Halloween too... as my eyes start to feel with tears I said OF COURSE! And she said good I'm looking forward to some good food and getting dressed up. :))  


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