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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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My son is at MEPS today

He texted last night and did extremely well on his ASVAB.

I am not getting anything at work done- I cannot wait to hear how it went!!

So proud of my son :)

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Comment by sailsetter on December 12, 2012 at 2:08pm

My son is at MEPS today too. I understand how you feel. Id asked Josiah how i could best support him and he made me laugh when he said Just dont hang on to my leg when you drop me off. is your son going to chicago for bootcamp? 

Comment by thorgirl17 on December 12, 2012 at 3:00pm

Yep.  We are in Chicago and Great Lakes is about 20 minutes from where I work.  I will probably be driving by every night  when he goes ;)

Comment by lemonelephant on December 13, 2012 at 2:05am

Josiah's mom, the Navy's only boot camp is located at Recruit Training Command in Great Lakes, IL.

For both of you, when will your future Sailors ship?  The discussion, Things to Do in the Last Month Before Your Future Sailor Leaves for..., has links to all of the groups for the months your DEPer could ship.  Be sure to join the one for that month.  

I also suggest you join New Members Stop Here and check out the Pages and Discussions there.

Your future Sailor may want to join to learn the ins and outs from the DEP point of view. Craig runs that and will steer you to some good links on there.

(Group names and the link within this reply are clickable links. To join a group, click on the group name and when the group page opens, click on "+ Join..." in the upper right.)

Comment by thorgirl17 on December 13, 2012 at 1:25pm

Thank you for pointing us in the right direction.  After yesterday, I have a million questions!!

Alex's ship date is May 15th

Comment by lemonelephant on December 13, 2012 at 7:59pm

thorgirl17, You are very welcome. Join the group, DEP-Leavin for bootcamp in May.  You will meet others with loved ones leaving that day/week who may be in the same TG and have PIR together.

Comment by lemonelephant on December 15, 2012 at 11:15pm

Josiah's mom, did your son leave this week for BC? From another post of yours, I think your son was on his last trip to MEPS on the way to BC, while thorgirl17's future Sailor was just having his first MEPS trip. 

You may also want to join, or at least check out, Boot Camp Moms and PIR Reference Information. Once you know your SR’s PIR date and/or division number, watch in Boot Camp Moms and/or at and join the group for that once it has been created. There will be a lot of great information and support for you in those groups as well as in the PIR group. Be sure to check out the Pages (found under the pictures of the Members) and Discussions within the groups.

You may aslo want to join DEP-Leavin for bootcamp in December, to connect with others with loved ones who left this week and may have PIR with your SR. 

(Group names within this reply are clickable links.)


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