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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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I'm sitting with my son in MEPS. He leaves in a few hours for boot camp in Great Lakes. This is so hard already I can't imagine the next few months without hearing from him or knowing if he's ok. I have such mixed emotions. I'm so proud and excited for his new chapter but yet so sad that I won't have him by my side. His room will be empty, there will be no texts or calls. How do other moms make it through?

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Comment by lemonelephant on August 17, 2015 at 2:27pm

It will get easier, especially once you receive The Form Letter and can send letters to him and start making plans to attend PIR.

Stay busy, take care of yourself, stay connected with others going through the same thing (I left groups on your My Page and join your PIR group as well once it has been created), stay connected with the ones who are still at home by being involved with them, stay connected with your SR by writing encouraging letters even before you have his address (see Letter Writing & Fun Stuff/Questionnaires to send to your Recruit for ideas), and stay informed about what is going on with your recruit in BC (there's a lot of info in the Pages in Boot Camp Moms (and loved ones) and later in your PIR group) and what to expect at PIR and after (if you give me his contracted rating, job/specialty, I will give you info).

Comment by NormaL on August 17, 2015 at 2:53pm
My daughter left last Wednesday and definitely a tough time especially sitting at MEPS! Stay strong and he will do fine! Just look forward to writing him and PIR. Keep busy and maybe keep a journal of things that happen while he is gone so you can keep him updated. It will also help you too!
Comment by Justin's Mom on August 17, 2015 at 3:52pm
Thank you so much for your advice, support and words of encouragement. I'm so glad I found this site.
Comment by lemonelephant on August 24, 2015 at 2:55pm

heidi86, no, they do not make them write letters. They are encouraged to write, but some recruits do choose not to write. Be careful of your use of beat them up. Yes, recruits use the word "beat" for IT, but it is not a physical beating.

Comment by heidi86 on August 24, 2015 at 2:56pm
You will hear from him! He will call you. And they usually make them write at least one letter whether they want to or not. Lol. And he will be OK. The SR's are important, valuable, the future of the navy. Now to be perfectly honest, they do beat them up just a little physically and mentally, but not more than they can handle. It's all for their growth and development into sailors. The staff wants to see them succeed.
Comment by heidi86 on August 24, 2015 at 2:56pm
Oops, sorry deleted my comment accidentally. My son was forced to write one letter. So it must happen sometimes.
Comment by heidi86 on August 24, 2015 at 2:57pm
Sorry. I will refrain from commenting.
Comment by lemonelephant on August 24, 2015 at 2:58pm

No one "forced" him to write, but he probably was encouraged to write.

Comment by lemonelephant on August 24, 2015 at 3:06pm

heidi, do comment, just think about what you post since some do take comments literally.

Comment by lemonelephant on August 24, 2015 at 3:10pm

I have gotten several messages over the years from moms who got letters that included "beat" and "hit" and thought that the RDC was abusing their children.

Beat: don't worry; this is not a physical beating; it is intensive training (IT) given as a corrective measure to a recruit or the division.

Hit: infraction found during an inspection; a failure to meet standards. Don’t worry; these are not physical hits.

Those are in What does ??? mean? (A Guide to Navy Abbreviations and Terminology) because of those concerns.


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